Following the steps outlined below will provide a surface that is well prepared and ready to accept X-otic Colours Epoxee Primer.   The colour of the X-otic Colours Primer you apply will be determined by the predominant basecoat color that you select.  For additional information on primer selection refer to Primer Coat Application Directions, Section 3-PCD.

In our opinion, it is always best to remove existing finishes to the bare substrate or O.E.M. primer. This more extensive process will remove any questions regarding the suitability of an existing finish to accept primer.

Preparing the Object for Primer:

1.       Remove all contaminants such as grease, tar, and wax from surfaces that are to be prepared for primer.  Use only suitable liquid cleaners. If you sand first, the contaminants will move deeper into the surface to be primed. Ask your jobber for their liquid cleaner recommendation.

2.       Evaluate the condition of existing coatings.

          a.       If in poor or failing condition, remove the existing finish to the base substrate or O.E.M. primer. 

          b.       An O.E.M. finish in sound condition, uniform thickness, not exceeding 7 to 8 mils can be prepared using 400 grit wet or 320 dry sandpaper.  We suggest wet sanding throughout your project. 

Note: If other than an O.E.M. finish, we recommend stripping to the bare substrate using liquid strippers, media blasting, power tools, etc. 

            c.      If bodywork or repairs are required, complete your repairs. Use methods that are suitable for a first class custom paint job. 

Note:  It is imperative that you use quality plastic fillers and glazes that require a hardener! 

3.       Determine the composition of the object to be painted. Prepare as recommended. 

          a.       Bare aluminum should be lightly sanded with 320 grit dry sandpaper.  After sanding, use a 3-M Red Scotch-Brite Scuff Padâ over the entire surface and especially in those areas that are difficult to sand.  Solvent wash the object using X-otic Colours Epoxee Reducer, product number 54-100. 

          b.       Fiberglass, if new, will require an aggressive soap and water washing with a stiff brush. Then, rinse and dry. Follow by a solvent wash using X-otic Colours Epoxee Reducer, product number 54-100. Finally, complete a thorough sanding using 180 grit dry sandpaper. Leave no shine. The entire object must be dull. Final wash with a clean rinsing and non-film forming dish washing liquid. Then rinse, and dry. 

          c.       Bare steel should be solvent cleaned using X-otic Colours Epoxee Reducer product 54-100. Be certain all oil is removed before sanding commences. D.A. sand using 80 to 180 grit sandpaper. Final wash with X-otic Colours Epoxee Reducer.

          d.       Other Metals: Perform adhesion test as outlined in (e-ii) below.

          e.       Plastics: 

                              i.        Epoxee primer will adhere to many new and previously coated plastics that have been stripped bare. An adhesion test, as outlined in step e. ii., should first be performed. O.E.M. finish coated plastic parts in good condition may be prepared in accordance with step 2b above.