Alsa Refinish MC-101GKit Operating instrustions

Alsa Refinish MC-101GKit Operating instrustions
Surface Preparation:
Always apply paints in a well-ventilated area, and wear a NIOSH approved respirator to
avoid breathing any fumes.
2 Make sure you have good conditions for spraying. The best temperature for spraying this
paint, is 75-80 degrees F, and VERY low humidity.
3 Prepare and prime your part first. Epoxy primers are best for bare metal, and primer
surfacers are best for plastics, fiberglass, or wood. Some plastics may require an
adhesion promoter but most plastics, like ABS plastic, are fine without adhesion
promoters. Our tech support department can assist with what primer is best, if you are
4 Before applying your primer, remove all dirt, grease, oil, salt, and chemical
contaminants, by washing the surface with a commercial detergent, or other suitable
cleaning method.
5 Rinse with fresh water and allow to completely dry.
6 Remove any existing loose paint, or rust, etc, with a wire brush or sand paper.
7 Lightly sand glossy surfaces to create a surface profile for adhesion.
8 Apply your primer to the surface according to the manufacturers specifications for your
particular primer.
9 Let your primer cure according to the manufacturers specifications for your particular
primer, and then lightly scuff that to create a surface profile for adhesion.
Mirrachrome Application:
Mirrachrome is a VERY technique driven application. It is sold as a kit, as it is very sensitive to
clears. You should only use OUR clear coat with this material.
This application can take a fair amount of practice to become proficient with. Patience is the
Test panels are strongly urged, in order to develop the correct “FEEL” for spraying the chrome
material. A very light dusting technique will be needed, and is critical to the application. Over
applying the Mirrachrome will result in a dull finish, similar to silver paint.
If applying over an ALREADY PAINTED SURFACE, lightly scuff the existing paint to create a
surface for adhesion.
1.) We are starting with the black base coat (ASB-13). This is reduced 1:1 with the medium
reducer in your kit (AMR2712).
Apply 2 coats of the black base coat to your prepared piece, with about 10-15 minutes flash
time between coats.
Apply the 2 coats using a steady back and forth motion, about 6-10 inches from your substrate,
until even coverage is achieved.
Once coated, let the black base coat flash for another 10-15 minutes, and then you are ready to
clear coat the black base coat.
2.) Mix your Speed Clear (SC1230) with the included hardener (H-222) at a ratio of 4:1.
Now apply your speed clear over the black base coat, using steady even passes, from
about 8-12 inches away from the substrate. Apply 2 medium wet coats with about 10 -15
minutes flash between coats.
At this point, you can should have a VERY wet glossy reflective black surface. This is a very
important starting place for the application. You should have as close to a black mirror as
possible before proceeding, as seen here…
Then make sure the clear coat on your black base coat cures for a full 7 days, or bake overnight
at 140 degrees F, to insure it is TOTALLY CURED. That is also critical to the application. If the
clear coat is not fully cured, this will also dull the finish.
After curing for the full 7 days, you can now wet sand, and buff your clear coat, until it is as
smooth as possible. Glass-like is ideal. The more glass-like your surface, the better the
reflectivity will be.
You are now ready to begin chroming your piece.
3.) Touch-up gun is recommended. Set the material volume on your gun very low.
Completely close the material volume, and then open it back up about ¼ of a turn.
Apply the Mirrachrome (MC-101) to your clear coated black base coat, in a VERY LIGHT
DUSTING FASHION, from about 8-10 inches away from the substrate, and at about 35-
40 PSI air pressure, continuing to make passes over the surface, and VERY BRISK
PASSES, until you achieve the effect.
Moving your hand too slowly when making your passes will result in a "Stacking" of the metal
particles, and kill the shine when top coated.
Here is the same tank pictured above after applying the Mirrachrome.
If you are getting a flat metal, or flat aluminum look, then the product is almost certainly over
It is very easy to apply too much of the material. This is not uncommon, and can take
PRACTICE. Test panels are encouraged, in order to develop a good “feel” for this dusting
What you are spraying is a hyper-ground metal (near molecular scale!), and you MUST NOT let
this material stack up in any way.
You are not going for a "Coat of Paint" like with a regular liquid pigment. It needs to be dusted
on extremely lightly, and evenly. This will take SEVERAL PASSES. Keep your eye on the clear
coated black as you are making your passes, and when you reach the point that it looks like the
last TINY BIT of black has JUST winked out of sight, stop right there.
Let this dry for 24 hours, and then you can take the polishing cloth included in your kit, and
slightly dampen that, and VERY GENTLY wipe down the piece. This will help remove any metal
particles that are "stacked up" on the surface, but not really stuck to anything. The material is so
finely ground (near molecular scale) that you can actually wind up with a fair amount of this
material (depending on how heavily it was sprayed) on the surface, that is not stuck to the clear
coat on the black. It is just sitting there like a "nano-dust". WHEN TOP COATED THESE
Do not apply too much pressure when wiping the Mirrachrome down, or you may move the
pigment that is STUCK to the clear coat, and that will spoil the finish.
You are now ready to top coat the Mirrachrome.
4). Apply one medium wet coat of Speed Clear over the Mirrachrome. Apply this in a VERY
steady, even passes, and as perfectly as possible, as this is the coat that will lock down the
Mirrachrome material, and have the most impact on final appearance.
Let this dry for 24 hours.
If additional coats are desired/required, then after waiting 24 hours for the first coat to cure,
lightly scuff the clear, and shoot you additional coats over that, as you would any clear coat.
You have now completed your Mirrachrome paint job!
If after reading through this application guide, you find you are still having trouble, and require
more assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our technical support staff. They are
available Monday through Thursday, 8am – 4pm, and Fridays, 8am – 12pm. You can reach us
toll free at 1-800-999-4120
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