Auto Air Tech Guide v3

Auto Air Tech Guide v3
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ !!!
The most important thing to know for successful results using the
Auto Air Colors is :
● WORK IN LIGHT COATS
● VERY LIGHT COATS
DO NOT TRY TO GET FULL COVERAGE WITH ONE COAT OF THE
AUTO AIR COLORS. MULTIPLE, LIGHT COATS ARE BEST.
The first coat or two of Auto Air Colors should look spotted and speckled. Additional coats will fill in the spotted look of the first coat ( s ) . The
result will be an even finish.
If you are used to spraying urethane base coat paint, you need to
spray lighter. A light coat of a urethane base coat is a medium to heavy
coat of Auto Air Colors.
Being waterbased, Auto Air Colors evaporate excess water as they
cure. Working in light coats ensures that the colors cure completely.
4300 Series Metallic Colors
4330 Metallic White ( fine )
4333 Metallic Gold
4331 Metallic White ( coarse )
4334 Metallic Bronze
4332 Metallic Silver
4335 Metallic Copper
4336 Metallic Russett
4300 Series Iridescent Colors
4350 Iridescent Brite Yellow
4353 Irid. Candy Apple Red
4351 Iridescent Green
4354 Iridescent Teal Lustre
4356 Iridescent Electric Blue
4357 Iridescent Fuchsia
4352 Iridescent Brite Red
4355 Iridescent Brite Blue
4358 Iridescent Purple
4400 Series Gem Chameleon Color Shift FX Colors
4401 Gem Sapphire
4403 Gem Jade
4404 Gem Ruby
4402 Gem Turquoise
4400 Series Chameleon Flair Color Shift FX Colors
4410 Flair Tint Bronze
4440 Flair Red/ Gold
4411 Flair Tint Violet
4441 Flair Silver/ Green
4444 Flair Blue/ Red
4445 Flair Magenta/ Gold
4412 Flair Teal/Purple
4442 Flair Gold/ Silver
4446 Flair Silver/ Spectrum
4413 Flair Blue/Copper
4443 Flair Blue/ Purple
4400 Series Hi-Lite Interference Colors
4420 Hi-Lite Gold
4422 Hi-Lite Red
4424 Hi-Lite Blue
4421 Hi-Lite Orange
4423 Hi-Lite Green
4425 Hi-Lite Purple
4500 Series Hot Rod Sparkle Colors
4501 Sparkle White
4504 Sparkle Blue
4502 Sparkle Spectrum
4505 Sparkle Green
4503 Sparkle Gold
4506 Sparkle Red
4507 Sparkle Purple
4500 Series Cosmic Sparkle Colors
4520 Cosmic Silver
4523 Cosmic Copper
4521 Cosmic Gold
4524 Cosmic Blue
4522 Cosmic Red
4525 Cosmic Green
4526 Cosmic Autumn Red
4500 Series Sparkle Flake Colors
4540 Silver Flake
4549 Autumn Orange Flake
4558 Teal Blue Flake
4541 Gunmetal Flake
4550 Volcano Red Flake
4559 Blue Flake
4542 Bronze Flake
4551 Rocket Red Flake
4560 Midnight Blue Flake
4543 Cinnamon Flake
4552 Ruby Red Flake
4561 Rose Pink Flake
4544 Copper Flake
4553 Sea Green Flake
4562 Fuchsia Flake
4545 Old Gold Flake
4554 Emerald Flake
4563 Burgundy Flake
4546 Gold Flake
4555 Green Gold Flake
4564 Violet Flake
4547 Yellow Flake
4556 Ice Blue Flake
4565 Rainbow Flake
4548 Orange Flake
4557 Crystal Blue Flake
4500 Series Sparklescent Colors
4580 Sparklescent Mango
4581 Sparklescent Electric Green
4600 Series Candy Colors
4601 Candy Yellow
4606 Candy Black Cherry
4611 Candy Magenta
4602 Candy Sunset
4607 Candy Brite Blue
4612 Candy Purple
4603 Candy Orange
4608 Candy Teal Blue
4613 Candy Blue Violet
4604 Candy Brite Red
4609 Candy Emerald Green
4614 Candy Root Beer
4605 Candy Apple Red
4610 Candy Deep Green
4615 Candy Black
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Auto Air Colors - available in 4 oz, pint ( 16oz. ) , quart ( 32 oz. ) , and gallon ( 128 oz. )
Table of Contents
4000 Series Sealers - Additives - Cleaners
4001 Base Coat Sealer White
4004 Transparent Extender
4007 Airbrush Cleaner
4002 Base Coat Sealer Dark
4005 Opaque Extender
4008 Restorer
4003 Reducer
4006 Catalyst
4100 Series Aluminum Bases
4101 Aluminum Base ( fine )
4102 Aluminum Base ( medium )
4103 Aluminum Base ( coarse )
4200 Series Semi-Opaque Graphic Colors
4201 Brite White
4208 Emerald Green
4215 Fuchsia
4202 Lemon Yellow
4209 Dark Green
4216 Deep Purple
4203 Flame Yellow
4210 Aqua
4217 Light Brown
4204 Chrome Yellow
4211 Caribbean Blue
4218 Dark Brown
4205 Flame Orange
4212 Brite Blue
4219 Medium Gray
4206 Flame Red
4213 Process Blue
4220 Deep Black
4207 Deep Red
4214 Midnight Blue
4200 Series Transparent Graphic Colors
4230 Transparent White
4237 Trans. Apple Green
4244 Trans. Pink
4231 Trans. Yellow
4238 Trans. Brite Green
4245 Trans. Magenta
4232 Trans. Sun Gold
4239 Trans. Jade Green
4246 Trans. Red Violet
4233 Trans. Orange
4240 Trans. Teal Blue
4247 Trans. Purple
4234 Trans. Fire Red
4241 Trans. Blue
4248 Trans. Root Beer
4235 Trans. Traffic Red
4242 Trans. Marine Blue
4249 Transparent Black
4236 Trans. Cherry Red
4243 Trans. Blue Violet
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Introduction to the Auto Air Colors Line
page 3
SECTION 1 Before You Spray
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Required Materials
page 3
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Preparation
page 4
SECTION 2 While You Spray
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Set-up
pages 7
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Application Information & Tips
pages 7,8,9
SECTION 3 After You Spray
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Curing Auto Air Colors
page 10
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Clear Coating Auto Air Colors
page 11
SECTION 4 Auto Air Colors Series Information
420 Series Fluorescent Graphic Colors
4260 Hot Pink
Quick Start Guide
4263 Hot Orange
4266 Hot Purple
4261 Hot Yellow
4264 Hot Berry
4267 Hot Sunburst
4262 Hot Green
4265 Hot Red
4200 Series Detail Graphic Colors - available in 4 oz. & pint ( 16 oz. ) only
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4000 Series Base Coat Sealers -Additives - Cleaner
pages 12,13
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4100 Series Aluminum Bases
page 14
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4200 Series Graphic Colors
pages 14,15
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4300 Series Special FX Color
pages 16
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4400 Series Color Shift FX Colors
page 16
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4500 Series Sparkle Colors
page 16,17
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4600 Series Candy Colors
page 18
4270 Detail White
4279 Detail Graphic Red
4288 Detail Red Brown
4271 Detail Tan
4280 Detail Crimson
4289 Detail Dark Brown
4272 Detail Beige
4281 Detail Marine Blue
4290 Detail Smoke Black
4273 Detail Sepia
4282 Detail Blue
4291 Detail Jet Black
4274 Detail Yellow
4283 Detail Cobalt Blue
4292 Detail Op. Yellow
4275 Detail Yellow Ochre
4284 Detail Bright Green
4293 Detail Op. Red
4276 Detail Golden
4285 Detail Dark Green
4294 Detail Op. Blue
4277 Detail Orange-fast
4286 Detail Fuchsia
4295 Detail Op. Green
4278 Detail Red Light
4287 Detail Violet
4296 Detail Op. Brown
Custom Blend Ideas
pages 19,20
4306 Pearl Teal
4311 Pearl Plum
Disposal of Auto Air Colors
page 22
Auto Air Colors Complete Color List
pages 23,24
4300 Series Pearlized Colors
4301 Pearl White
4302 Pearl Silver
4307 Pearl Turquoise
4312 Pearl Purple
4303 Pearl Gold
4308 Pearl Blue
4313 Pearl Copper
4304 Pearl Lime Green
4309 Pearl Red
4314 Pearl Black
4305 Pearl Green
4310 Pearl Magenta
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Version 3.2 04-15-04
supersedes all previous versions
Quick Start Guide
This Quick Start Guide is for general reference purposes only. Completely
reading the Auto Air Technical Guide Booklet prior to using Auto Air Colors is
strongly recommended as it contains thorough usage information not found on
this quick start guide.
Conditions
Recommended painting conditions: 70º F or more in a dry, dust-free environment. When painting in humid or colder conditions, allow for extended drying
time. Use of warm moving air, a heat gun or infra-red lamp is recommended to
speed up the drying time and ensure all the excess water is evaporated. Make
sure the air source is free of contaminates, especially oil and water.
Set up
Spray Gun: psi: 30-35 for HVLP and conventional psi: 40-50
Airbrush Size: 1.2mm – 1.4mm Size: 0.5mm Use Auto Air Reducer to thin
paints for smaller sized airbrushes or lower psi settings.
Preparation
Prepare surface using normal custom painting methods, with attention to:
a ) Auto Air Colors may be used direct to substrate unless working on bare
metal. When painting bare metal apply a urethane primer or sealer to serve
as a corrosion barrier.
b ) Sand off primers on after-market parts prior to painting.
c ) Use an adhesion promoter prior to painting plastics & oily surfaces.
d ) Auto Air Colors are compatible with all urethane and waterborne primers.
Application
Start with initial coat ( s ) of 4000 Base Coat Sealers. Use of Base Coat Sealers may be omitted when using underlying finish for color key purposes.
For best atomization, spray gun should be 12-15 ” away from the surface.
Apply all coats very lightly. Coats should be applied as light acclimation/guide
coats. Initial coats have a speckled appearance. Additional coats fill in coverage producing an even finish.
Apply color in dry coats. Avoid applying colors in wet coats. Wetted coats may
cause pigment to migrate causing a “ fish-eye ” effect. Color blending and
spot repairs are best done when the underlying coat has dried.
Note: Colors may dry dull with a textured surface. Sanding colors will smooth
texture allowing smoother application of clear coat. Many of the special effect
colors will not be fully visible until clear coat is applied.
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Disposal Of Auto Air Colors
Store Auto Air Colors in a cool, dry place. Dispose of in accordance with Federal, State, and local regulations. For more information, refer to Auto Air Colors
Material Safety Data Sheets.
Curing
Curing in Open Conditions - Recommended minimum temperature 70ºF and
low humidity. Use heat to cure paint.
An Infra-red lamp ( IR ) is recommended when painting a full vehicle. A heat
gun is effective when curing smaller areas such as body panels, tanks, fenders, helmets, etc. Keep heat gun moving to avoid blistering.
Surface temperature: 120-140ºF best.
Cure time: depends greatly on painting environment ( t emperature & humidity ) and thickness/build height of paint coats. An average cure time for 1
square foot is 2-3 minutes.
Curing in Spray Booth - A spray booth is the preferred environment for painting vehicles with the Auto Air Colors.
Bake paint at 120-140ºF for 15-20 minutes or until colors are completely dried.
Individual coats applied lightly should dry in 2-4 minutes with minimal airflow.
For quicker drying times, increase airflow rate and booth temperature.
Masking
Cure thoroughly and let paint surface cool to room temperatures prior to taping. Use higher tack masking film. Low tack film may not adhere well to Auto
Air Color's textured surface.
Cleaning
Use low solvent based degreaser.
Do NOT clean with water.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
The information presented in this guide are in accordance with the present state
of our knowledge, but do not absolve the user from carefully testing the product
before using extensively. We reserve the right to alter the product within the
scope of technical progress or new developments. The recommendations made
in this guide should be checked by preliminary trials because of conditions we
have no control over. Recommendations for use do not constitute a warranty,
either expressed or implied, of the fitness or suitability of the products for a particular purpose. Auto Air Colors will not be liable for any special, incidental or
consequential damages. The only remedy for any defect of this product is the
replacement of the defective product, or a refund of its purchase price.
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Introduction to Auto Air Colors
Createx Auto Air Colors are base coat graphic paints for custom automotive painting. Auto Air Colors are lightfast and utilize the latest developments in water-based
technology to provide long-lasting, successful results when used as directed.
Auto Air Colors are made with lightfast, permanent pigments and colorants that
are intended and designed for automotive applications. Auto Air Colors are what
the automotive paint industry is evolving into durable, lightfast, and non-toxic automotive colors. Auto Air Colors are non-toxic, containing less than 0.10% VOC.
Auto Air Colors consist of two essential components; binder and pigment. The
binder is an advanced waterbased, non-toxic polymer designed specifically for
automotive applications. The pigments used are actual automotive pigments, the
same used by the actual vehicle manufacturer.
Auto Air Colors can be used as the base coat for an entire paintjob, which is then
coated with a finishing clear, or Auto Air Colors may be used for graphics applied
into a sanded and prepared urethane or polyurethane finish then coated with a
clear.
Auto Air Colors are designed to be coated with a clear coat finish for maximum
permanence. Auto Air Colors work excellent with virtually all urethane or polyure-
thane clear coats of any grade. There are no compatibility issues between paint
and clear coat when working with Auto Air Colors. Due to the Auto Air Colors ’
porosity, the clear coat is absorbed directly into the paint creating a strong, uniform
bond. The result is perfect unison between the base colors and clear coat. Auto Air
Colors have a “ death grip” on the clear coat. They will not lift or peel.
Auto Air Colors have greater flexibility than urethane and lacquer base coat paints,
making them more resistant to chipping and flaking. When spraying on fiberglass,
Auto Air Color do not create an electro-static charge as do urethane base coats
which makes dust and debris stick to the color.
SECTION 1 - Before You Spray
Required Materials
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spray gun
airbrush
air source
heat gun or heat lamp
scuff pads/ sandpaper
paint filters
clear coat
mild solvent-based degreaser
NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator
Golden Copper
1st - Base Coat Sealer White
2nd - Metallic Copper base
3rd - a few light coats of Hi-Lite Interference Gold
Candied Pearl Flakes
Mix direct a 4200 Series Transparent Colors with 4500 Series Colors
example 1: Mix 1:1 Transparent Fire Red with Hot Rod Sparkle Purple. This
mix creates a candied red with purple pearl flake.
Example 2: Mix 6 parts of Transparent Cherry Red with 1 part Hot Rod Sparkle
Red, 1 part Cosmic Gold and 1 part Hot Rod Sparkle White
Violet to Blue Iridescent Chameleon
1st - One Coat Base Coast Sealer Dark
2nd - Iridescent Electric Blue, 2-3 coats until a good coverage is achieved.
Other blue shades from the 4300 Series may be used.
3rd - Chameleon Gem Ruby, 2-3 light dust coats. Apply enough color to create
the chameleon effect but do not totally cover the underlying blue base. The red
of the Gem Ruby will mix with the Electric Blue to create a beautiful violet that
flips to blue with iridescence.
4th - Clear. Heat cure the colors prior to applying the clear.
Tinted Aluminum Bases
Mixing the 4200 Series Transparent or Detail Colors into the Series 4100 Aluminum Bases creates custom tinted aluminums.
Gem Sapphire Blends:
Blend 1
1st - Base Coat Sealer Dark or Semi-Opaque Deep Black
2nd - 2-3 coats Gem Chameleon Sapphire
3rd - 1-3 coats Hot Rod Sparkle Blue
Blend 2
1st - Base Coat Sealer Dark or Semi-Opaque Deep Black
2nd - 2-3 coats Gem Chameleon Sapphire
3rd—1-2 coats Cosmic Red
Blend 3
1st - Base Coat Sealer Dark or Semi-Opaque Deep Black
2nd - Mix direct 1:1 Gem Chameleon Sapphire and Ruby
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Preparation
Custom Blends
These are just a few suggestions. The entire line is intermixable for a limitless
number of creations. Have fun!
Candy Colors over Aluminum Bases with Pearlescence
The Aluminum Bases are the more traditional bases for the Candys. They are
highly reflective which allows for a lot of light to be redirected back through the
Candy Colors.
1st - One Coat Base Coat Sealer Dark ( when working with the Aluminum
bases, an undercoat of a Base Coat Sealer needs to be applied for its adhesion ) .
2nd - Aluminum Base, 2-3 coats until a good coverage is achieved. Heat cure
before moving on to the next step to prevent reactivation.
3rd - Hot Rod Sparkle White, 1 or 2 light dust coatings. Just enough to create
some pearlesence on the Aluminum Base but not enough to totally cover it.
Light needs to be able to pass through this coat ( s ) and hit the Aluminum
Base and be reflected back. The Hot Rod Sparkle White may be replaced with
4301 Pearl White, 4330 Metallic White ( fine ) or 4331 Metallic White
( c oarse ) .
3rd – Candy Color, 3-6 coats. The Candy Colors have a thin viscosity and
must be applied lightly. Several light coats need to be applied. Allow the
Candys to air dry or cure with heat in between coats. Heat curing may be better
as it will heat the surface for the next coat of Candy Color.
4th – Clear
Other colors from the 4300 and 4500 Series may be used as the base for the
Candy Colors as well. Color keying the base to match or compliment the Candy
creates beautiful finishes. For example, Hot Rod Sparkle Gold or Metallic Gold
used as a base for a Yellow or Sunset Candy creates a Gold Candy.
Metallic Colors Base for Transparent Colors
4300 Series Metallic Colors are excellent for use as undercoats for the 4200
Series Transparent Colors for custom metallic creations. Color keying the metallic base to the overlying transparent color creates vibrant, shimmering colors
that reflect well in direct light and sunlight.
Hot Pink Pearl
1st - Base Coat Sealer White
2nd - Hot Rod Sparkle White base
3rd - Transparent Pink, work in light coats
4th - Hi-Lite Interference Purple, 1 Coat, dust coat on, very low coverage
5th - Repeat steps 3 & 4 until desired color achieved, 3-5 coats each, don ’ t go
too heavy on any one coat as the transparency and play with the Hot Rod Sparkle White base will be lost
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Proper planning is the key to the success of any project. Proper preparation requires having the right materials, tools, abrasives and a clean area to spray.
Cleaning & Sanding:
Customary preparation practices need to be followed when using Auto Air Colors.
Proper preparation is crucial to ensuring a successful paintjob. Skipping steps and
shortcuts are often the cause for costly failures.
All substrates should be thoroughly cleaned and sanded prior to painting. Use a
solvent-based degreaser to remove the surface of contaminates prior to sanding
and after sanding. Sanding an unclean surface will further embed contaminates
into the substrate, increasing the risk of failure.
Sanding and/or scuffing needs to completely remove any gloss points from the
surface. Close attention needs to be made with crevices, edges, folds and other
areas difficult to sand with broad strokes. Peeling often occurs in such areas
where sanding does not thoroughly scuff. Attention to detail when sanding the
surface is key.
The grade of sandpaper, method and application technique may vary. Choosing
between a coarse scuff pad, using a sandpaper block or dual-action sander is a
matter of choice and accessibility. What is important is to make sure the entire
surface is removed of gloss points and that the surface is roughed up so that that
the Auto Air Colors may “ g rip ” onto the surface.
After sanding, clean the surface once again with a solvent-based degreaser. Allow the degreaser ’ s solvent to flash off completely prior to painting or priming.
Priming:
Auto Air Colors are compatible with all urethane and epoxy automotive primers.
However, use of such primers is often not required when using Auto Air Colors.
The following is a list of when to use a primer when painting with Auto Air Colors.
This list does not cover body-fill issues and when to use high-build primers.
Metal – use a urethane or waterborne primer or sealer as a corrosion barrier between exposed metal and Auto Air Colors. Water-based paints will corrode metal
when direct contact is made. When working on untreated metal, use of an etching
/ direct-to-metal primer prior to application of a sealer is recommended. The sealer
does not need to be scuffed prior to application of Auto Air Colors.
Plastics – use of an adhesion promoter or mid-coat clear is recommended when
painting plastics in addition to thorough sanding. Although Auto Air Colors adhere
to plastics, peeling is possible when taping. Often, plastics have an oily texture
which water-based paints have difficulty adhering to. Use of an adhesion promoting mid-coat clear prevents the possibility of peeling.
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Priming: ( continued )
Urethane finishes – Auto Air Colors do not require a primer when painting direct to
an existing urethane finish after sanding, such as when applying graphics to a factory paintjob. However, if the finish is in poor condition, sanding and use of a
primer is recommended to create an even finish. If metal is exposed when sanding
a finish, apply a urethane sealer to the area exposed to prevent corrosion. In such
an instance, a spray can urethane sealer works well for small areas.
Aluminum - Colors adhere well to bare aluminum. Use of a primer is not required.
Fiberglass - Colors adhere well to fiberglass. Use of a primer is not required.
Carbon-fiber - Colors adhere well to carbon-fiber. Use of a primer is not required.
Candy Colors are concentrated and are best used with Transparent Base when
painting large surfaces. There is no exact ratio used for mixing Transparent
Base to Candy, but 1 part Transparent Base to 1 part Candy Color may work
well.
Candy Colors are unlike other color series and should not be used as an ordinary basecoat.
• It is best to use an inter-coat clear ( or catalyzing clear) when working
with the Candy Colors. There is no time window in which to apply the coat,
but doing so will protect the Candy Colors from contamination, markings
and tracking from tape.
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Candy Colors have a different texture than other Auto Air Colors, even after
curing.
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Candy Colors blemish easily after drying. Avoid direct contact of any sort.
Use a mid-coat or inter-coat clear prior to taping or masking on top candy
color or candy color blend.
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Clearing Candy Colors – if Candy Colors are not completely dry before
clearing, the clear may reactivate the Candy Color causing bleeding
through the clear. Applying an inter-coat of clear will help prevent possible
bleeding.
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Clearing the Candy Colors brings them to life. Candy Colors will look dull
until cleared.
After-market body kits & parts - Remove or thoroughly sand the primer on after-
market body pieces when painting aftermarket body parts, hoods, etc., attention to
detail during preparation is essential. The primer must be either removed or thoroughly sanded/ scuffed. Sanding with 320-grit paper is recommended. The primer
on the aftermarket parts often has silicone type products in it that help protect the
part during shipping and storage. Auto Air Colors will not hold onto such primers
without thorough sanding or scuffing. Also, spraying an epoxy or urethane sealer
prior to applying the Auto Air Colors is also recommended as it ensures proper
adhesion of paint to the body part.
Use an Adhesion Promoter on Plastic Body Parts
When painting plastic body parts, the use of an adhesion promoter is recommended, especially on older parts. Although Auto Air Colors adhere to plastics
after scuffing, older parts that have been treated with cleaning and glossy/shining
agents may create adhesion difficulties for Auto Air Colors. Such agents contain
waxes or silicates which become imbedded in the plastic and may not allow proper
adhesion of the paint to the plastic. Use of an adhesion promoter on the plastic
prior to painting with the Auto Air Colors will prevent any adhesion difficulties gloss
creating shines may create.
Auto Air Colors must be thoroughly shaken prior to use. Auto Air Colors have a
high pigment load in a low viscosity binder. Settling of the pigment is intended.
Auto Air Colors must be thoroughly shaken prior to use. Auto Air Colors may need
to be placed upside down for a few minutes to loosen up settled particles after extended shelf storage.
Auto Air Colors are best used under warm, dry and dust free conditions.
Createx recommends using Auto Air Colors under shop conditions with a minimum
temperature of 70˚ F. Auto Air Colors are water-based and lose excess water
through evaporation as they cure. Cold and damp conditions inhibit evaporation
and will retard the Auto Air Color ’ s curing process. Working in excessively cold or
humid conditions requires an extended heat curing process.
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It is very important to work in light coats with the Candy Colors, even more so
than with other color series. Often, 7-10 coats may be applied when painting a
large area and extending the Candy Colors with Transparent Extender. The first
several coats should looked spotted. The candy finish should not begin to fill out
until several coats have been applied. Even with 10 or more coats, no edge
should develop as the Candy Colors are extremely thin.
The 4100 and 4300 Series make excellent bases for the Candy Colors, especially Silvers and Pearl & Metallic Whites. Adding a few coats of the 4500 Series Hot Rod Sparkle Colors over the 4300 base color will create a shimmering
base for the Candy Colors, making them pop and glisten in sunlight and direct
light.
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Hot Rod Sparkle Colors have a heavier pigment weight than other color series
and may need some thinning with Auto Air Colors Reducer for use with smaller
sized airbrushes. Hot Rod Sparkle Colors are best applied with a 1.2 to 1.4mm
size spray-gun. For large areas, Hot Rod Sparkle Colors are best applied with
an increased distance between spray-gun and surface with a psi setting of 3040.
Hot Rod Sparkle Colors look excellent when mixed direct to 4200 Series Transparent Colors and 4600 Series Candy Colors to create candied-pearl flake finishes.
Cosmic Sparkle Colors
Cosmic Sparkle Colors create a refined, star-like shimmer effect. Cosmic Sparkle Colors have a more narrow size particle effect pigment then the Hot Rod
Sparkle Colors. Cosmic Sparkle Colors are semi-translucent colors with a semigloss finish. Cosmic Sparkle Colors are best used over Auto Air Base Coat
Sealer Dark or Auto Air 4200 Series Deep Black Graphic Colors
Cosmic Sparkle Colors are best used with a large airbrush or a spray gun.
Cosmic Sparkle Colors may need thinning with Reducer if the airbrush is small
or if air pressure is less than 40psi.
Apply 1-2 light coats of Auto Air Base Coat Sealer Dark and 2-4 light coats of
Cosmic Sparkle Colors. Cosmic Colors are similar to the 4400 Series Hi-Lite
Interference Colors in that they are best when used in extra light coats with
minimal build-up. Spraying heavier coats of the Cosmic Colors causes them to
lose their effect.
Also, these colors are translucent and will have a lot of play with the under coat,
so they work excellent for color keying with the base.
Chameleon Flair Colors
colors with angle-dependent color traveling effects. Chameleon Flair Colors
have a soft flowing transition from one color into another. Color travel is viewable under even subtle lighting and is further intensified on curved objects with
sharp contours.
4600 Series Candy Colors
Auto Air Candy Colors are true candy colors. Candy Colors are transparent,
brilliant colors that allow the underlying coat to interact with the light passing
through the candy color. Candy Colors may be intermixed with one another for
custom candy blends.
Auto Air Colors are not recommended for use in conditions below 50˚ F. When
working in conditions under the recommended temperature, a heat lamp or other
heat source to warm and dry Auto Air Colors is essential. Auto Air Colors must be
thoroughly dry prior to clear coating. ( continued next page )
The more humid or colder the environment, the more the drying time will be
slowed. In especially humid conditions, the use of a heat gun or lamp is strongly
recommended to speed up the drying time and ensure all the excess water is
evaporated from the paint. Also, in a humid environment, even after the colors
have dried, the porous nature of the colors will allow moisture to build on the colors. This may affect the ability of a low-tack masking film to stay on the colors
around the edges. To counter this, use a higher tack masking film. The Auto Air
Colors have a strong bond to the surface they are applied to and work well with
high tack masking film. Re-exposing the colors to heat prior to masking or clearing
in a humid environment is also a good idea to ensure there is no vapor lock.
To ensure colors are free of any contaminants, pass Auto Air Colors through a filter
prior to spraying. Createx takes great care and pride in making its Auto Air Colors.
As a part of its quality control process, Createx employs multiple filtration steps to
ensure the colors are free of contaminants. However, small bits of hardened paint
may form once the caps on the Auto Air Colors bottles have been opened and the
colors are exposed to fresh air. These hardened bits of paint may be mixed with
the rest of the paint when the bottle is shaken. These hardened bits will create
imperfections when sprayed. Although such occurrences are not common, it is
best to pass the colors through a filter or screen prior to use. Pass the colors
through a fine mesh paint filter prior to use. Another way colors may be properly
filtered is to cut out a small area from the filter screen, unscrew cap from bottle,
place the cut screen over the bottle ’ s opening and screw the cap back onto the
bottle ’ s top.
Make sure the air source is free of contaminates, especially oil. The old adage that
oil and water do not mix is true when working with the Auto Air Colors. Oil or oil
vapor in the airline will work against the Auto Air colors and cause a “ fish eye ”
effect that is especially noticeable when the clear is applied.
When working on bare metal, an automotive primer must first be used. Auto Air
Colors are waterbased and should not be used directly on metal to avoid corrosion.
For more information, please refer to “ Preparation ” on page 3.
Candy Colors work well with spray guns and airbrushes and should not require
thinning. Candy Colors are best used with a 1.2mm sized gun operated at 3040psi. Settings for optimum atomization will vary depending on spray-gun used.
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SECTION 2- While You Spray
Set-up:
Spray Gun: psi: 30-35 for HVLP and conventional psi: 40-50
Airbrush Size: 1.2mm – 1.4mm Size: 0.5mm Use Auto Air Reducer to thin paints
for smaller sized airbrushes or lower psi settings.
Apply in light coats. Avoid wetting coats to the extent they could run. The lighter
the coat, the quicker it dries and the more effective the heat will be in cross-linking
the binder in a short amount of time. This is key in ensuring proper adhesion.
After initial coats have been applied very lightly, subsequent coats may be applied
as medium wet coats. Avoid excessive build-up. When painting with Auto Air Colors, it is better to apply coats more lightly at first. Some colors, such as 4300 Series Colors will work better with use of a medium wet coat than will 4500 Series
Colors which do better when consistently applied in light coats. Over wetting 4200
Series Transparent Colors and 4600 Series Candy colors should be avoided as a
wetter coat is more prone to blotching, especially during application of initial coats.
A light coat of Auto air Colors should look dry.
A medium-wet coat looks wetted as the individual color particles link up to create a
continuous film. 2-3 dry light passes often is what it takes to create a wetted coat.
The thicker the coat, the longer the drying time and the longer the coat must be
exposed to heat for the paint to properly cure.
Avoid excessive wetting with 4200 Series Transparent Colors and 4600 Series
Candy Colors. Due their transparency, these colors have no solids and blemishes
are more easier to create than when applying a solid color. Over wetting these
colors will result in pigment migration, a look similar to a “ fish-eye ” effect. If
such occurs, allow color to dry prior to spot blending. The color spot blend very
well when the underlying coat is allowed to dry.
Application Information and Tips:
Surface Texture- Sanding the base color after several light coats have been
cured prior to applying additional wetted coats of same color may allow for a
smoother finish on the Auto Air Colors. Use 500 – 800 grit. This technique best
works with 4000 Series Base Coat Sealers, 4200 Series Semi-Opaque Colors and
4300 Series Colors. See also information on using a mid-coat clear prior to application of finish clear.
Auto Air Metallic Colors are semi-opaque colors with a semi-gloss finish. Metallic Colors are best used over Auto Air Base Coat Sealer Dark or 4200 Series
Semi-Opaque Deep Black. Metallic Colors make excellent bases for 4200 Series Transparent Colors and 4600 Series Candy Colors.
Iridescent Colors
Auto Air Iridescent Colors are semi-opaque colors with a semi-gloss finish. Iridescent Colors are best used over Auto Air Base Coat Sealer Dark or 4200
Series Deep Black Graphic Colors.
4400 Series Color Shift FX
Series 4400 Colors have a heavier pigment weight than other color series and
may need some thinning with Auto Air Colors Reducer for use with smaller
sized airbrushes. Colors are best applied with a 1.2 to 1.4mm size spray-gun.
Gem Chameleon Colors
Gem Chameleon Colors are specialty effect pigmented colors with angle dependent, color traveling effects. Gem Chameleon Colors have dramatic color
changes depending upon the angle of light. Gem Chameleon Colors are best
used against Auto Air Base Coat Sealer Dark and 4200 Series Deep Black
Graphic Colors. Apply 1-2 light coats of Auto Air Base Coat Sealer Dark and 2-4
coats of Gem Chameleon Colors.
Gem Chameleon Colors are a bit translucent which means they have a lot of
play with the underlying coat. The colors are best seen in their natural tint
against 4200 Deep Black.
Gem Chameleon Colors are given a whole new dimension when applied over
4300 and 4500 Series Colors. You can color key the base with the Gem Chameleon Color for wicked chameleon blends. For example, the Gem Chameleon
Ruby works excellent when applied in light coats over a Pearlescent, Iridescent
or Hot Rod Sparkle Blue. The red of the chameleon color blends with the blue
to create a red-violet to blue shifting color that also has an iridescent or pearlescent finish. For more effects, apply Gem Chameleon Colors over 4100 Series
Aluminum Bases.
4500 Series Sparkle Colors
Hot Rod Sparkle Colors
Taping and Masking-
1.
Metallic Colors
Recoat With Base Colors
When using tape and masking film, applying another coat of the base color after
the tape or masking film is applied creates a cleaner, crisper edge along the tape
line. Auto Air Colors are porous and rough textured. This creates spaces between
the tape and surface which subsequent coats may crawl into, creating a bleeded
edge, a look similar to underspray. When an additional coat of base color is ap-
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Hot Rod Sparkle Colors recreate the popular metalflake finish. Hot Rod Sparkle
Colors create a brilliant, powerful glitter-like effect that truly shimmers. Hot Rod
Colors are very similar to metal flake, but look much better. The colors are
semi-translucent. Colors are best used over Auto Air Base Coat Sealer Dark or
Auto Air 4200 Series Deep Black Graphic Colors
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Semi – Opaque Graphic Colors
Auto Air Semi-Opaque Colors are semi-opaque with a semi-gloss finish. SemiOpaque Colors are designed to be used alone over Base Coat Sealer White or
Base Coat Sealer Dark.
Semi-Opaque Colors are best used with a large airbrush or a spray gun. SemiOpaque Colors may need thinning with Reducer if the airbrush is small or if air
pressure is less than 40psi.
Semi-Opaque Colors can be tinted with Transparent Colors for custom blends
by either directly mixing the colors or layering light coats of Transparent Colors
over Semi-Opaque Colors. Semi-Opaque Colors may be used as the underlying
coat for other Auto Air Colors. Semi-Opaque Deep Black may be used as a
substitute for Base Coat Sealer Dark when being used as a dark undercoat for
4100, 4300, 4400, 4500 Series Auto Air Colors.
Fluorescent Colors
plied over the taped edge, the open spaces will be filled in with the base color,
creating a crisper line when the graphic color is applied.
2. Use of Urethane Mid-Coat / Inter-Coat
Application of a urethane mid-coat adhesion promoter or inter-coat clear will allow
masking film and fine-line tape to better adhere to Auto Air Colors. The mid-coat
creates a less-textured surface upon which masking material, fine-line tape and
low-tact tape can better lay down without lifting ( not peeling the paint up, but the
tape lifting off the surface ) .
Use of a mid-coat or inter-coat clear over base color prior to application may allow
for easier application as errors and over-spray are easier to remove without marking base color. Another way to ensure base color is not marked due overspray
removal is to thoroughly cure the base color prior to graphics application.
Use of a mid/inter-coat clear prior to masking and taping is recommended
when working in humid conditions. Use of mid/inter-coat clear after curing Auto
Auto Air Fluorescent Colors are transparent with a semi-gloss finish. Use over
Base Coat Sealer White or a light background Semi-Opaque or Transparent
Color. Airbrush sizes 0.5 or larger are recommended for use a 0.3mm size may
be used have a limited lightfastness compared to other Auto Air Colors.
Air Colors but before applying finishing coats of catalyzing urethane clear may allow clear ’ s finish to form a more even film. Colors such as 4500 Series Hot Rod
Sparkle and Sparkle Flake Colors create a textured surface that must be addressed prior to applying wet coats.
Detail Colors
Apply mid/inter-coat before applying finishing coat so as to create a build over the
coarse textured surface of the 4500 Series Colors. This also works with all other
Auto Air Colors.
Auto Air Details Colors are used for fine detail and mural work at 30psi or lower.
Detail Colors are recommended for use with airbrushes 0.2mm or larger. Detail
Colors are for use with all other series in the Auto Air Colors line. Detail Colors
must be cured before they can be masked or sanded. The Detail Colors are
designed for use with small airbrushes and can be thinned with Auto Air Reducer.
4300 Series Special FX
Series 4300 Colors have a heavier pigment weight than other color series and
may need some thinning with Auto Air Reducer for use with smaller sized airbrushes. 4300 Series Colors are best applied with a 1.2 to 1.4mm size spraygun. 4300 Series make excellent bases for Series 4400 and Series 4500 Colors.
Pearlized Colors
Auto Air Pearlized Colors are semi-opaque colors with a semi-gloss finish.
Pearlized Colors are best used over Auto Air Base Coat Sealer Dark or Auto Air
Series 4200 Deep Black Graphic Colors.
Pearlized Colors may be used alone for pearlescent finishes, as a base for
4200 Series Transparent Graphic Colors for custom pearlescent blends or as
base for the 4600 Series Candy Colors.
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Applying a mid/inter-coat clear after curing 4600 Series Candy Colors and blends
with Candy Colors aids in protecting paint from marking and may aid in avoiding
possible bleeding due to under-cured candy color being rewetted by finishing clear.
Spot Repairing/Blending.
Auto Air Colors blend very well and spot repairs are easy to do.
A.
Spot Blending to cover uneven color application – allow paint to dry and
gradually fill in areas as needed. Avoid rushing and applying too much paint at
once. Allow paint to dry as coat is blended in as needed.
B.
Spot repairing due to improper preparation/ adhesion failure:
1. Sand paint down to substrate or primer. Sand past area of failure until
sanding into areas where paint has not failed to adhere.
2. Apply color and ( if used) 4000 Series Base Coat Sealer to area
sanded. Do not paint past sanded area initially. Painting outside sanded area
before filling in sanded area will create ridge and a noticeable difference between
sanded portion and surrounding area.
3. Allow paint to dry before blending in sanded area.
4. After sanded area has been repainted, paint larger area outside
sanded portion to blend.
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Airbrushing : Thinning with Auto Air Reducer
Thinning Auto Air Colors is often necessary when airbrushing certain color series,
such as:
• 4100 Series Aluminum Bases
• 4200 Series Semi-Opaque Colors
• 4300 Series Colors
There is no exact ratio of Reducer required. Add as much needed to allow colors
to flow given airbrush ’ s particular size and operation/psi settings. Reducer may
be as much 25 – 50% volume of mixture or more.
Sanding
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Auto Air Colors sand better with a coarser grades of paper, 500 to 800 grit dry.
Do not wet sand Auto Air Colors.
Colors sandable after thoroughly cured. Best results 12 to 24 hours after curing.
Extending curing time allows paint to harden so that sanding shaves off paint and
does not roll.
If you see a film of water on top of the colors you have just sprayed, the coat was
applied much too heavy and quickly. Go slow and light with the Auto Air Colors.
Spraying water-based colors requires a different technique than when spraying
urethane colors. Although the adjustment is relatively simple, there is an adjustment first time users will have to make.
Auto Air Color may be mixed to make your own custom colors.
Test the color by first mixing a small sample and make a spray-out on a panel.
Many of the Auto Air Colors may be mixed at any ratio or layered on top of one
another. Just be sure you make a sample spray-out panel before you begin painting your project to make sure you are getting a desirable effect.
There are no time windows when working with Auto Air Colors. Unlike most other
automotive base coat systems, there are no time windows necessary for proper
application of Auto Air Colors. Additional coats may be applied at any time once
the underlying coat has dried. There is no time window for clear coating Auto Air
Colors. The clear may be applied as soon as the colors have been heat cured and
are thoroughly dried.
Use Base Coat Sealer as first coat. Base Coat Sealer has excellent adhesion and
coverage and should be used as the initial coat. However, it does not always have
to be used, for example when using the Auto Air Colors for graphics on a urethane
finish. For more information, refer to Base Coat Sealers on page 9.
4100 Series Aluminum Bases
Aluminum Bases
Aluminum Bases are available in three grades: Fine, Medium and Coarse. They
are highly reflective and intended for use as an undercoat for the 4600 Series
Candy Colors. Aluminum Bases may also be used alone for an aluminum-like, reflective finish or as an undercoat for Series 4200 Transparent Colors for reflective,
custom effects. Use of the different grades against one another with a Candy Color
top application create fantastic effects.
Aluminum Bases are best used with a large airbrush or a spray gun. Aluminum
Bases may need thinning with Reducer if the airbrush is small or if air pressure is
less than 40psi when using less than a 1.0mm size tip.
Apply Aluminum Base over a coat of Base Coat Sealer Dark to ensure the that
they adhere properly to the surface. The 4000 Series Base Coat Sealers have better adhesion than the 4100 Series Aluminum Bases. Aluminum Bases are made
with heavy metallic flakes and may require stirring in addition to thorough shaking
prior to use.
4200 Series Graphic Colors
Transparent Colors
Auto Air Transparent Colors are transparent with a semi-gloss finish. Use over
lighter shades, mix with other colors, or layer over other colors.
Transparent Colors may be used as toners for all other Auto Air Colors. They are a
versatile part of the line and can be used for a variety of effects. Transparent Colors can be mixed with other Auto Air Colors series for custom blends, such as mixing Transparent Colors direct with 4500 Series Hot Rod Sparkle Colors.
When using Transparent Colors over a large area using a large spray gun, adding
4004 Transparent Base to the colors will help to make it easier to achieve an even
spray pattern without unwanted color build-up. The Transparent Colors have a high
pigment load. While this makes the colors rich in appearance and allows them to
cover well, the high concentration of pigment can make spraying a large area with
even color application difficult. Adding the Transparent Base will spread out the
pigment load, allowing for an easier, more even application of the colors with overlapping spray. There is no specific ratio of Transparent Extender to Transparent
Color, but a 2:1 ratio is fairly common ( 2 parts Transparent Color to 1 part Transparent Base ) .
Transparent Colors are best to use for color blends and fades., as opposed to the
4200 Series Semi-Opaque which do not blend as well due to their opacity.
Mixing Transparent Colors with 4100 Series Aluminum Bases creates custom metallic colors. Transparent Colors also create a candy-type appearance when applied over 4100 Series Auto Air Colors.
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added to colors to increase transparency, allowing colors to have lighter values.
Add in small increments, there is no specific ratio for mixing. Not to be used
with Auto Air 4200 Series Detail Colors.
When using colors over a large area using a large spray gun, adding 4004
Transparent Extender to the colors will help to make it easier to achieve an
even spray pattern without unwanted color build-up. Some colors such as 4200
Transparent Colors and 4400 Gem Chameleon Colors have a high pigment
load. While this makes the colors rich in appearance and allows them to cover
well, the high concentration of pigment can make spraying a large area with
even color application difficult. Adding the Transparent Extender will spread out
the pigment load, allowing for easier, even application of the colors with overlapping spray. There is no specific ratio for mixing Transparent Extender to
other Auto Air Colors.
Auto Air Opaque Base
Opaque Base is the binder base for the 4200 Series Semi-Opaque Colors.
Opaque Base may be added to color to increase opacity. Opaque Extender
may increase the viscosity of the color and is not recommended for use with
smaller airbrushes and fine detail work. Opaque Extender may be added up to
25% of the mixture, after that the colors tend to wash out as the pigment load is
spread out. Opaque Extender should not be used with Auto Air 4200 Series
Detail Colors nor should it be used with 4300, 4400, 4500, and 4600 Auto Air
Series.
Auto Air Catalyst
Catalyst is a specialty additive that is often not necessary. It is designed to accelerate the cross-linking process of the binder when the area worked on is too
large for curing with heat or in cold or damp conditions. Catalyst should be
added in 2-3 drops per ounce and thoroughly mixed with the color.
Auto Air Cleaner
Auto Air Cleaner is a water-based biodegradable cleaner used to clean airbrushes between color changes. Directions: Rinse airbrush with water to remove excess color. Add Cleaner to airbrush and spray until color is completely
gone. Rinse with water to remove any Auto Air Cleaner residual.
Airbrush Restorer
Airbrush Restorer is a non-toxic super-cleaner/soaker that eats away the dried
paint left in brushes. It works on even the most neglected and junked-up
brushes. It is best used as a bath for soaking the spray gun or airbrush after
painting. Airbrush Restorer also works as a cleaner and helps remove dried
paint. Hardened paint will loosen up and dissolve a bit making the leftover paint
easy to remove. Airbrush Restorer is reusable as the sediment falls to the bottom. Make sure to thoroughly rinse with water after using Restorer to avoid any
contamination of Colors. Restorer has an oil like texture which does not mix
well with water-based paints.
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SECTION 3 - After you Spray
Curing Auto Air Colors
Cure Auto Air Colors with heat or dry & warm moving air. Auto Air Colors are water-based and evaporate excess moisture when they cure. This is why it is important to work in light layers as heavily built layers will not allow the excess water to
evaporate from the underlying layers. Light layers ensure the Auto Air Colors properly cure.
Cure Auto Air Colors with heat or moving air from a source. Auto Air Colors can be
cured in a spray booth with air movement, by infrared heat lamps or with a heat
gun.
Curing paint is most important prior to clearing or taping/ masking.
Heat Lamps ( Short Wave Infrared Lamps ) are recommended for working with
the Auto Air Colors. Infrared Lamps will thoroughly dry and cure the paint in a
short amount of time. Using Infrared Lamps also eliminates the extended drying
time and surface tack that humid conditions may create. Although heat guns work
well, a heat lamp is easier to work with, covers a larger area and ensures that the
colors are thoroughly cured.
Auto Air Colors may also be cured by warm moving air from a source over the surface of the paint. When working in a spray booth, warm moving air will work excellent to cure the paint.
What does the heat do? The heat causes the binder to cross-link, which means it
has cured. Cross-linking is similar to a urethane catalyzing. The application of heat
to the colors when they are drying or soon after they have dried creates a reaction
inside the colors in which the individual acrylic polymer strands link up with one
another ( “ c rosslink ” ) to create a strong, uniform mesh. The heat source may
be a hot air gun, heated/infrared lamp, heated spray booth, etc. The heat curing
process
is recommended, but not always necessary. We recommend that the colors be
cured with heat prior to masking or clear coating.
Simply exposing the colors to heat for a short duration while they are drying or
soon after they have dried will work. The heat does not have to be excessive.
Heating the colors so that they are warm and dry to the touch will work well. Drying time depends, but for a square foot area dried with a heat gun, heat curing time
should be around a half minute.
Curing Auto Air Colors in humid or cold damp conditions requires extended exposure to heat. Auto Air Colors are water-based and as such, evaporate excess water when they cure. Cold and humid conditions inhibit the evaporation of the excess water, which retards the curing process. To counter this, Auto Air Colors
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should be exposed to heat from a hot air gun or heat lamp for an extended period
of time. Cure colors prior to sanding and masking. When applied in light coats and
cured, colors will not lift. Tape with most any automotive tapes and fine line tapes.
Colors may lift when not cured or used improperly by building coats too thickly.
The length of time required to cure the colors varies as temperatures, humidity and
amount of material sprayed affect the curing time. However, the process should be
quick when coats are applied in light layers as recommended. When working in
light coats as recommended, extended drying time should be about double the
amount of time allowed to cure colors.
Masking – when used correctly, Auto Air Colors will not lift when masked. Most
types of tape work excellent. For transfer tape, use a high tact tape on Auto Air
Colors. Make sure colors are thoroughly dry prior to masking.
Cleaning Auto Air Colors before clear coating – Colors may need to be cleaned
before applying clear coat. Use a low solvent based degreaser, such as the Dupont© 3901S Final Kleen.
Clear Coating Auto Air Colors
Auto Air Colors are compatible and work excellent with all urethane and polyurethane clear coats of any grade. Createx tested many clears with the Auto Air Colors during its development and found all clears to perform excellent with the Auto
Air Colors. Clear coats have a death grip on Auto Air Colors with no delamination
problems.
The secret to the Auto Air Colors superior compatibility with clear coats is its porosity. Clears are absorbed into the Auto Air Colors creating a strong, uniform bond.
There is no lifting or peeling and the results are long lasting.
Auto Air Colors do not have to be sanded prior to clear coating. If fingerprints and
smudges need to be removed from the Auto Air Color surface prior to clear coating
use a mild solvent based cleaner or degreaser, such as DuPont ’ s © Final Kleen.
There are no time windows necessary to follow for determining when to apply the
clear. Once the colors have been cured, the clear may be applied.
Applying multiple tack coats creates an even film upon which wet coats may be
applied. Use a slower activator/ hardener to allow for more reflow & self-leveling,
allowing clear time to soak into paint.
a ) Start with 1 light tack coat. Allow 10-15 minute flash time.
b ) Apply medium tack coat. Allow 10-15 minute flash time.
c ) Apply wet coats. Follow clear manufacturers instructions.
Auto Air Colors Series Information
4000 Series Sealers - Additives - Cleaners
Auto Air Base Coat Sealer White or Dark
Auto Air Base Coat Sealer White and Dark are a low build, adhesive sealer coat.
Base Coat Sealers have higher adhesion properties that most other Auto Air Colors. They cover well making them ideal for use as an initial coat.
4000 Base Coat Sealers are best used with a large airbrush or a spray gun. Base
Coat Sealers may need thinning with Reducer if the airbrush is small or if air pressure is less than 40psi when using less than a 1.0mm size tip.
Use of the Base Coat Sealers is not always necessary. When Auto Air Colors are
used over an underlying finish, use of Base Coat Sealers may be omitted when
color keying with finish ’ s color is desired.
Once surface has been prepared, apply either Base Coat Sealer over the entire
surface. Base Coat Sealer White and Dark can be used to remove small, minor
surface imperfections to create a uniform, even surface for base coat color application. Product works best when sprayed on in light layers. 1 or 2 coats should be
applied, although 1 coat will often be enough as the Base Coat Sealer is opaque
and covers well. Base Coat Sealers should be cured with heat before applying
additional coats. When applied as directed in lightly layered coats, curing time
should be quick. Please refer to Curing on page 6 for further information.
Base Coat Sealer Dark should be used as an adhesive primer under most Auto Air
Colors for more pronounced effects. Base Coat Sealer Dark is a very black-like
grey shade that can be used as a black undercoat to enhance the effects of other
colors, such as Auto Air Chameleon Flair Teal/Purple. Should not replace use of a
black or white color. Base Coat Sealer White can be use as an adhesive primer for
under lighter colored base colors to allow for more luminescent, brilliant colors.
Auto Air Reducer – Thinner
Reducer is used to thin Auto Air Colors. Using Reducer to thin the colors will improve the atomization of some of the heavier pigmented colors, such as the 4300
Series. Adding Reducer will also allow colors to be used with smaller sized airbrushes. Although water may be used to thin Auto Air Colors, Reducer is recommended because it adds binder to the colors as it thins them so the color ’ s binder
load will not be washed out and the adhesive properties of the colors will not be
lost. There are not set ratios for adding Reducer to the colors. We recommend
adding in small increments until the desired flow is achieved. When thinning Auto
Air 4600 Series Candy Colors, use Auto Air Transparent Extender.
Auto Air Transparent Base
Transparent Base is the binder base for all Auto Air Colors except for 4100 Series
and 4200 Series Detail and Semi-Opaque Colors. Transparent Extender may be
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