The mirror-like gloss, color retention and intensity of this enamel surpasses the traditional.
GENERAL ADVICE ON SURFACE PREPARATION AND PAINTING:
- Make sure that the application and the drying of paint surfaces is performed in well ventilated areas and obey all safety precautions.
- Avoid contact with skin and eyes.
- When ventilation is limited, wear an appropriate breathing apparatus in order to avoid breathing solvent fumes.
- Make sure that the surface is dry and free of all dirt, wax, oil, rust, dust and other contaminates.
- Use only appropriate, clean and dry tools.
- Use clean, longhaired, soft bristle brushes of good quality. Preferably EPIFANES brushes.
- When applying two-component products, use only paint rollers that are resistant to the (aggressive) solvents in these paints, like nylon or sheepskin.
- For the application of one-component paints use foam or perlon rollers.
- For the application of varnish, we recommend very fine (1/8" nap) foam rollers or lint free mohair rollers.
- Only work in dry, draft free and dust free surroundings.
- Do not paint in direct sunlight or under humid conditions.
- Be aware of condensation following the application of paint. Moisture can settle into the wet film causing the paint to lose its gloss. In particular, two-component paints are susceptible to this problem.
- When applying one-component products, the minimum application and surface temperature should be no less than 40 F. (5øC).
- Two-component products should not be applied in temperatures under 50-55 F. (10-12øC).
- During application, the relative humidity should not exceed 85%.
- When applying two-component products, a maximum humidity level of 70% should be observed.
- Application of paint in conditions above or below these levels may have repercussions on the drying and hardening qualities of the product.
- The minimum temperature of the object to be painted should be 5 F. (3øC.) above the point of condensation.
- Before painting, ensure that the surface is dry.
- When painting overhead on cold(er) days, be aware of condensation from your breath on the cold surface.
- Avoid applying too heavy a film thickness, causing drying problems and wrinkling. It is always better to apply two thin coats than one thick coat.
- Distribute the paint evenly. Do not thin more than necessary. Too much thinning causes sags and insufficient film thickness. A thin coating provides only limited protection which can lead to rapid loss of gloss. Too little thinning may influence the flow. Only use the recommended thinners.
- Avoid the use of other additives. The thinning percentage depends on the temperature of the paint and the surrounding conditions. The recommended percentages are only guidelines.
- In order to avoid possible color differences, always use paints with the identical batch number, found on the bottom of each container.
- Before painting, make sure the paint is mixed well. There may be deposits and/or pigments lying beneath the lip or on the sides and bottom of the container. Try to avoid the intake of air into the paint by stirring too aggressively.
How to Choose the Correct Product:
An important consideration when (re) painting existing, unknown surfaces, is the choice of the correct product. In general, when a surface has been previously painted there are two possibilities. Either a one-component paint system or a two-component paint system has been applied.
By placing a cloth saturated with EPIFANES Fiberglass Prep Cleaner on the surface to be painted for 15 minutes, the difference will become evident. If the Fiberglass Prep Cleaner reacts as a paint remover and begins to wrinkle the paint, it is a one-component paint. If the paint remains intact, you are dealing with a two-component paint product.
In principle, a one-component paint may be applied onto a well-cleaned, and sanded (320 grit wet or dry abrasive paper) two-component paint coat. The bond is acquired mechanically by roughing the surface. A two-component product however, may not be applied over a one-component paint coat, as the solvents of the two-component product will react as a paint remover on the one-component coat.