Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Temperature?

We get questions all of the time (especially this time of year) about what the temperature needs to be for POR-15 to be applied. There are actually two temperatures with which you should be concerned. The air temperature needs to be at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the temperature of the object that you are coating needs to be at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Please note that it should be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit for both (air temperature and object temperature), but the ideal temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do apply POR-15 at temperatures closer to 50 degrees as compared to 70 degrees, the dry time could be lengthened. But, it will eventually cure.

You can find complete instructions for POR-15 HERE.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

lawnmower

It is that time of year again .... time to get lawnmowers put up for the winter. I have a recommendation for you this fall: Coat the bottom of your mower deck with POR-15 to prevent rust and help keep grass from sticking next year.

To do that, you will need a Super Starter Kit. First pressure wash the underside of the deck to get off all of the grass. Then wash the underside of the deck with Marine Clean. You will next etch the underside of the deck with Metal-Ready. Lastly, you will apply 2 coats of POR-15 to seal it.

When you get the lawnmower out for next year, it will be ready to go and you will not have to worry about grass sticking to the underside or rust.

BenB

Monday, October 24, 2005

Hardnose Paint Coverage

From time to time, we get customers who call and ask us why their Hardnose Paint is not covering bare metal that they are painting. Most usually will admit that they read the instructions, but still apply Hardnose Paint over the bare metal. We always recommend that POR-15 be used as a primer, with Hardnose Paint applied over the POR-15. If you do not use the POR-15, the Hardnose will not cover nearly as well as if you use POR-15. Also, Hardnose Paint does not have any rust preventive characteristics, so you always want to use POR-15.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Metal-Ready that is not rinsed off

Metal-Ready should be left on your surface for 20-30 minutes. If it is left on and not rinsed off with water, you get the white mess in the corner of this piece of metal.
You can find Metal-Ready Instructions HERE.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Handrails

We had someone call the other day that was needing to redo hundreds of handrails. She wanted the finish coat to be white, so she was asking if we carried white POR-15.

POR-15 (the rust preventive) is not made in white, but POR-15 in this instance would be the primer coat. She would want to clean the handrails with Marine Clean. She would then etch the handrails with Metal-Ready. POR-15 would then be applied - always 2 thin coats about 4-12 hours in between coats. Then the POR-15 Self-Etching Primer would be used to allow the WhiteCote to adhere correctly. And lastly, she would coat the handrails with WhiteCote.

That process would produce some handrails that looked like they had been powder coated and will last for a long time.

Ben

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Glisten PC as a clear coat

We get questions all the time about using Glisten PC over existing paint to add durability and gloss. Glisten PC will work for that, but it is very important to use a paint under the Glisten PC that contains plenty of solids. It is safe to say that any paint coming out of a spray rattle can might wrinkle and melt with Glisten PC. The solvents in the Glisten PC react with the solvents in the coating already down, and because there are not many solids in that coating, it melts or wrinkles.
If you use a high quality coating like POR-15 Hardnose Paint, you will not have any issues with Glisten PC going over another coating.

Ben

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

semi-gloss glisten pc

We get calls all of the time from people asking if we have a clear coat that produces a finish that is not high gloss. They need protection, but the want a semi-gloss finish. And he have such a product. Glisten PC comes in a semi-gloss finish which has about 20% gloss. Glisten PC is designed for brush or spray application over all wood, fiberglass, previously painted surfaces, and metal surfaces, including highly polished aluminum and chrome surfaces. Please let us know what you think of Glisten PC, espicially the Semi-Gloss Glisten PC.

Ben