Wednesday, March 9, 2011

House of Kolor Clinic

House of Kolor Clinic featuring Jon Kosmoski

This is a must attend clinic.  HOK is revamping their entire line.  If you use House of Kolor you will need to have this information.  House of Kolor's founder and master custom painter Jon Kosmoski shares his 50+ years of experience with you.  Preparation work, application techniques, and hands-on demonstrations of the complete line of quality kustom paints offered by House of Kolor.  Sign up today and learn from the best in the business! 

When:   Tuesday, May 17th
Where:  Tulsa Technology Center Lemley Campus
             3420 South Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK
Time:     6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (dinner at 6:00 p.m. with pre-registration)
Cost:     $20 per person includes dinner if pre-registered by May 10
Please R.S.V.P by email  or call the store 417-206-7473

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Iwata AirGunsa Base Coat Clear Coat Spray gun

The new Iwata AirGunsa spray guns have been redesigned for performance. These low cost affordable guns include ergonomic lighter body with a softer trigger pull to reduce fatigue. The new polished surface allows for easier cleanup. These guns will also keep you in compliance with the new EPA regulations.
$119.00  1.3 needle for base coat-clear use

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Clear Coat Is Not Drying. Why?

Problem:   Clear Coat Not Drying.

We have had this question come up a couple of times lately. With the warmer days and cool nights, many people are turning the heat off in their shop overnight, thinking the shop will stay warm enough for the clear to continue drying.  This is fine if the temperature stays warm enough for the clear coat to activate with the hardener.  The activator will stop working at a certain temperature.  Check your technical data sheet or label that came with the product for temperature requirements.  Most clear coats and activators need to have the temperature remain at 65° or above to activate and dry completely.  Keep in mind, too, the metal has to also be at this temperature not just the air, so give the car plenty of time to warm up in the shop before you start spraying.

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Automotive Paint Problem: Transparency (Poor Hiding, Poor Coverage)

Hope you never run into this problem.  If it happens here is why and how to fix it.

Problem:  Transparency (Poor Hiding, Poor Coverage, Translucent)
Cause:        A) Color not thoroughly stirred/agitated
                  B) Color has been over thinned/reduced
                  C) Substrate is not uniform in color
                  D) Wrong color undercoat used.
                  E) Insufficient number of color coats applied
Repair:       1) Apply additional coats of color until hiding is achieved.
                  2) Or, sand and apply similar colored undercoat/ground coat and refinish.
Prevention: A) Stir or shake paint thoroughly, making sure all pigment is in solution.
                   B) Thin/reduce according to product label direction
                  C) Use a sealer or ground coat to provide a uniform color before top coating.
                  D) Use an undercoat that is similar in color to the top coat.
            E) Spray until hiding is achieved

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Auto Body Sanding: What Sand Paper to Use and When

Okay, so you are starting on a project and you ask: with all the sand paper grits, which one do I use for my application?  Here is a quick quide to help answer a few question.

Sandpaper Selection Chart:

Grit                                         Usage Description

File with holder                          Shaping body filler/bondo.

40 grit                                      Very rough sanding/grinding before body work.

80 grit                                      Rough sanding before body work and for sanding body filler.

180 grit                                    Final sanding and feather edging body filler.

320 grit                                    Optional final sanding before using primer and also for sanding spot putty.

400 grit                                    Rough sanding primer or for fine sanding spot putty.

600 grit                                    Final sanding primer, sand with 600 before using base coat colors.

1000 grit                                  Wet sanding a panel to be repainted.

1200 grit                                  Wet sanding a panel to be repainted.

1500 grit                                  Final sanding clear coat to remove defects before polishing with rubbing compound.  Can be used for sanding down a panel to be repainted instead of 1000 or 1200.

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Orange Peel Car Paint Problems and How To Fix It.

Automotive Paint Tech Tips

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Problem: Orange Peel (Poor Flow, Texture) Paint film having an uneven texture that resembles the skin of an orange.

A)  Under reduction and/or air pressure
            B)  Thinner/reducer evaporates too fast for spray conditions
            C)  Excessive film thickness or piling on of heavy wet coats
            D)  Improper spray gun set-up
            E)  Improper painting technique

            1)  Compound or polish to reduce surface texture.
2)  Or, sand smooth with 1200 or finer grit sandpaper, compound and polish to restore gloss.
            3)  Or, sand smooth and refinish.

            A)  Use proper reduction ratio and spray at recommended air pressure.
B)  Select recommended thinner/reducer based on temperature, humidity, air movement, and size of repair.
            C)  Avoid heavy coats and excessive film thickness.
D)  Use recommended spray gun, fluid tip and air cap for the material being sprayed. Always adjust the gun for best atomization and balanced spray pattern before paint application.
E)  During paint application, hold the gun perpendicular and parallel to the surface. Adjust speed of pass, pattern overlap, and distance from the panel to achieve the desired appearance.

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