SUN-BLOCT FINAL CLEER / PRODUCTION CLEER
X-otic Colours Urethane Cleers are designed around proven technology that will provide extremely high gloss and years of protection. Custom painting typically employs multiple applications to achieve high film-build and distinction of image. To maintain this finish, we recommend hand washing with a mild detergent along with a thorough rinse. Towel dry. Do not use automatic washing equipment or high-pressure washes. (Waxing)
Sun-Bloct Final Cleer, product number 32-100, is used to complete the perfect custom project. Sun-Bloct Final Cleer is easy to wet sand and buff. When used with our reducers, this product is “user friendly” with excellent flow and leveling characteristics. Our Sun-Bloct Final Cleer will produce a high-gloss finish that is resilient and chip resistant. The finish provides incredible tensile strength and will also be resistant to damage or intrusion from chemical sources. Curing will require 16 to 24 hours at 70ºF.
Production Cleer, product number 32-200, is a faster drying urethane cleer. It is used to promote distinction of image, D.O.I., and for rapid film building. If Production Clear is used as a final cleer, the finish will require more time to buff and shine. This product has the advantage of speed. Production Cleer will cure faster than our Sun-Bloct Final Cleer. Production Cleer requires eight hours of curing at a temperature of 70ºF before wet sanding. Production Cleer may also be force cured at 140°F for 45 to 60 minutes.
Note: X-otic Colours Cleers are tintable. For example, a toner or tint paste could be added to our Sun-Bloct Final Cleer. This will intensify the depth of colour of an underlying basecoat or solid colour.
X-otic Colours Urethane Catalyst, product number 40-100, will be required. Select correct reducer for object size and shop conditions. Object to be sprayed should be prepared to receive these applications as outlined in previous Basecoat, Candee Mid-Coat, & Jammin Coat Application Directions, Section 4-BCJD. Also refer to Product Application Directions, Section 5-PBJD.
Important Safety Note: Wear correct safety equipment: respirator, goggles, gloves, painters suit. You will be mixing and spraying an isocyanate mixture. It is essential that you wear a properly fitted, NIOSH approved respirator effective for isocyanate vapors and mist.
These products may be spayed unreduced for rapid film build. For best flow and sprayability they should be reduced as directed below. Never spray wet on wet. Allow flash off time and tack up time between coats. See tack test below. Monitor drying carefully. Never spray a new coat on a previous coat that is dry to the touch, unless you allow this coat to cure for 12 to 24 hours and then wet sand with 500 to 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
All recommendations are based on minimum shop temperatures of 70º F. Re-coat times can be dramatically affected by temperature. Lower temperatures will create longer cure and dry times. Higher temperatures will shorten cure and dry times.
Note: Production Cleer product number 32-200 is a multi- function product that also serves as the colour carrier or base for our Candee Mid-Coats.
Mix only when ready to spray. Wear respirator when mixing.
1. Select the appropriate reducer for your shop conditions and object size. Proper reducer selection is very important. Careful consideration should be given to object size.
Important: Do not reduce Production Cleer when used to prevent bleeding during the process of artistic applications.
Shop temperature will determine the selection of the appropriate reducer. Fast reducers are used when shop temperatures are in the 65° to 75°F ranges. Medium reducers are used in the 75° to 85°F range, and the slow reducer should be selected when shop temperature are in the 85° to 95°F range. In general, when spraying large objects, a slower reducer will be used. Conversely, painting small objects may require a faster reducer. To reduce V.O.C. emissions, product number 50-444, V.O.C. Exempt Reducer may be used.
Note: Performance of Cleer coats cannot be assured when reducers other than X-otic Colours are used. Requires Urethane Catalyst, X-otic Colours product number 40-100.
2. For convenience, Production Cleer and Sun Bloct-Final Cleer are filled to 23 and 24 ounces respectively in a 32 oz. quart container. This allows room for the direct addition of catalyst and optional tints. Our catalyst is sold in an 8 oz container and is mixed directly into the quart can. The addition of catalyst to the 23 oz. quart of Production Cleer produces a slightly over-catalyzed product for faster curing. The addition of catalyst to the 24 oz. quart of Sun-Bloct Final Cleer maintains our 3 to 1 mixing ratio. The ability to directly add our 8 oz. catalyst container to either product’s quart container reduces common mixing errors.
3. Optional Mixing: Measure by volume, 3 parts Cleer and combine with 1 part Urethane Catalyst. To this mixture add 1/2 part reducer. This is 75% (Cleer), 25% (Urethane Catalyst) and 12.5% (reducer). This mixture typically yields good spray-ability and flow under most shop conditions. When spraying Production Cleer over artistic applications some custom painters will vary the amount of reducer.
Strain mixture into gun cup, using fine mesh cone strainer.
1. Always walk long objects. Keep a consistent overlap pattern. Maintain uniform coverage.
2. Apply one light bond or tack coat with a gun distance of 6-7 inches using a 50% overlap pattern. Allow to become tacky. See Tack Test below.
3. Start applications of two to three medium wet coats allowing sufficient re-coat time as described in the tack test below. Exception: Apply only medium coats when Production Cleer is used to prevent bleeding during the process of artistic applications.
4. Continue applications until all coats are applied. Do not spray wet on wet.
Re-coat Windows for All Cleer Coats: Monitor with a touch of the finger in the last area sprayed. Apply the next coat when the previous coat becomes tacky. There should be no evidence of “cobwebs” between your finger and the tested area when the finger is lifted. The next coat must be applied while the surface remains tacky. The success of cleer coat applications depends on this test and your careful monitoring of the drying process.
Important: As stated, observing drying time of Cleer Coats is critical. If the application of one of your Cleer Coats becomes dry to the touch and is not tacky use the following procedure: Allow the coat that has dried to the touch to cure for 12 hours to avoid lifting problems. Wet sand with 500 to 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Wash, rinse, and dry. Recommence coats.
Note: Over spray from any catalyzed coats, such as Cleer Coats, will interfere with adhesion of Jammin’ Coats. Mask and protect areas where Jammin’ Coats are to be applied.
Optional Colour Sanding:
After cleer coats have cured 12-24 hours colour sand with 500 to 600 grit wet sandpaper. When wet sanding Cleers, use the smallest possible amount of dishwashing liquid so that detergents will not attack the cleer coat. Rinse sanded areas quickly. Sand the entire vehicle flat, leaving no shinny areas. Wash, rinse, and dry.
Final Cleer Coats After Optional Colour Sanding:
Reduce catalyzed Sun-Bloct Final Cleer an additional 10 to 12% using our V.O.C. exempt reducer, product number 50-444.
Note: This reducer will increase re-coat times. Apply one medium coat, allow for tack time. Then apply 1 to 2 wet coats using tack test between coats.
Allow to cure 24 hours. If optional polishing is selected, waiting longer than 24 hours will increase the difficulty of this step. Always allow 60 days of cure time before any quality wax is applied.
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