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Repairing an Awlcraft SE Topcoat

Repairing an Awlcraft SE Topcoat

The following guide will take you step-by-step through the preparation, application and finishing of Awlcraft SE to achieve a seamless repair.

Awlcraft SE, the revolutionary topcoat encompassing metallics, pearls and effect pigments, is a fast drying, high opacity formulation that, when topcoated with Awlcraft 2000 High Gloss Clear (F3029) is not only a high gloss, robust metallic topcoat system but is also repairable and buffable.

Should the need arise to repair your Awlcraft SE coating system, from the smallest scratch through to a large scale repair, the following guide will take you step-by-step through the process resulting in a seamless repair.

It is important that every step in the process is followed as described or the resultant repair will be visible and require repeating.

Note: Some colors may be harder to repair than others. The following instructions and application procedures require a degree of application skill and previous spray application experience.

STEP 1. Preparation:

As with any application or repair, preparation is a key stage in the process. The area to be repaired, and a large section of area around it, should be thoroughly cleaned and degreased. Use commercial detergents, steam cleaners or pressure washers. Be sure all detergent residue is rinsed from the surface. Use Awlgrip Wipe-Down Solvent (NA/AP: Awlprep 400 T0170; EU: Surface Cleaner T0340) as a final wipe down of the surface using the Two Cloth Method.

STEP 2. Sanding repair and surrounding area:

Sand the repair area, and the surrounding area. For small repairs (<6"/15cm) sand approximately 5 times the size of the damaged area. For larger repairs sand 12–36" (30–92cm) beyond the edge of the damaged area to allow room for the subsequent coats in the remaining steps.

Note: If repairing a metallic system, allow a minimum of 8 times the size of the damaged area for the full repair; if repairing a pearlescent system allow a minimum of 10 times the size of the damaged area for the full repair.

Sand the repair area using 400 grit paper, work a second area beyond the 400 with 800 grit, and sand beyond the 800 grit with 1500 grit out on to the undamaged paint area. Blow off the surface with clean, dry compressed air while dry wiping with clean rags to remove sanding dust and residue. Following removal of the dust and residue, wipe the surface with (NA/AP: Awlprep 400 T0170; EU: Surface Cleaner T0340) using the Two Cloth Method.

Note: Care must be taken not to cut through the top coat or other high spots. Hold the DA flat, turn down the air pressure (slow to medium speed), and sand using very light pressure.

STEP 3. Application of Awlcraft SE Repair Primer (E3001):

Apply Awlcraft SE Repair Primer (E3001) over the repair area and to approximately 50% of the size of the total sanded area.

Note: The Repair Primer does not need to be mixed with reducer or converter prior to application. It is recommended to use a gravity gun setup [Tip size: .047–055” (1.2–1.4mm)] to apply the Awlcraft SE Repair Primer and a lower atomizing pressure than would be used for applying the standard Awlcraft SE mix.

Awlcraft SE Repair Primer should be applied in the same fashion as the standard Awlcraft SE Basecoat. See Awlcraft SE Application Guidance document for more details.

Tip

Using disposable spray pots with all the necessary mixed products already pre-filled into them will make the job easier and faster. Simply switch between the disposable pots as necessary at each step of the repair.

STEP 4. Application of Awlcraft SE Basecoat (standard product):

Once the Awlcraft SE Repair Primer has dried, mix standard Awlcraft SE Basecoat as per product datasheet. Apply Awlcraft SE Basecoat over the damaged area only as per normal Awlcraft SE application techniques.

Important

Full coverage and hide of the damaged area with the Awlcraft SE Basecoat needs to be achieved before proceeding to step 5.

Important

When applying the Awlcraft SE Basecoat care should be taken to apply a fully coalesced film, but not over-apply. Always spray perpendicular to the substrate except when coming to the outer edge of the area being coated at which point the spray gun should be pivoted away from the substrate to ‘fade-out’ the Awlcraft SE Basecoat.

STEP 5a. Mixing of Awlcraft SE Basecoat with Awlcraft SE Blending Solution (T0190) or Awlcraft SE Basecoat with Awlcraft SE Pearl Mid-Coat:

CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Two stage repair for most metallic systems:

Firstly, prepare a normal mix of standard Awlcraft SE Basecoat as per product datasheet, but instead use a slower solvent than what would typically be selected for Awlcraft SE Basecoat applications. For example, if the typical choice is T001 Fast Spray Solvent, then instead select T0003 Standard Spray Reducer for the mix reducers for your application conditions. Once ready, mix 50:50 by volume with Awlcraft SE Blending Solution (T0190).

2. Three stage repair for pearl systems only:

Awlcraft SE Basecoat (mixed as per datasheet) with Awlcraft SE Pearl Mid-coat (mixed as per datasheet) allows for easier blending of the base repairs. Mix 100:50 by volume, or when the base becomes translucent on a 3 second run off on mixing stick, of Awlcraft SE Basecoat mix with Awlcraft SE Pearl Mid-coat mix. Note: Both products are reduced and catalyzed before mixing the two to get the blend coat.

STEP 5b. Application of blended Awlcraft SE Basecoat/Awlcraft SE Blending Solution or Awlcraft SE Basecoat/Awlcraft SE Pearl Mid-coat:

Once the Awlcraft SE Basecoat has flashed off, apply the mixed Awlcraft SE Basecoat/Awlcraft SE Blending Solution over the previously applied area (step 4) and slightly further out. Care should be taken to not apply the mix over the whole of the previously applied Awlcraft SE Repair Primer. Depending on the size of the damaged area, apply the mix from between 50-90% of the Repair Primer layer area. Apply the blend as per normal Awlcraft SE application techniques taking care to apply a fully coalesced film, but do not over-apply. Always spray perpendicular to the substrate except when coming to the outer edge of the area being coated at which point the spray gun should be pivoted away from the substrate to "fade-out" the blended Awlcraft SE Basecoat. The application of the blended Awlcraft SE Basecoat/Awlcraft SE Blending Solution MUST NOT extend beyond the area coated in Step 3.

Important

If you are working on a TWO-STAGE REPAIR, skip step 6 (related to applying PEARL SYSTEMS) and proceed to step 7.

Tip

For best results, we strongly suggest the use of Let Down Panels prior to step 6.



STEP 6. Application of Pearl Coats:

a. Apply the first coat to the entire (sanded) working area.

b. Apply the second coat of pearl to approximately 50% of the sanded area.

c. Apply the second coat of pearl to approximately 75% of the sanded area.

d. Apply the second coat of pearl to approximately 90% of the sanded area.

Always spray perpendicular to the substrate except when coming to the outer edge of the area being coated at which point the spray gun should be pivoted away from the substrate to ‘fade-out’ the blendedAwlcraft SE Basecoat.

STEP 7. Application of Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat (F3029)

Prepare a standard mix of Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat (F3029). Once the previous coat has dried, apply Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat as per product datasheet over the damaged area, the Awlcraft SE Repair Primer (as applied in Step 3) and to about 3” (8cm) from the edge of the sanded area. Apply the Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat as per datasheet taking care to apply a full film.

Important

Apply two coats of F3029; apply 1st coat, allow to flash, apply second coat and move to steps 9 & 10 while second coat is still tacky to carry wet edge out further with the second coat slightly overlapping the first.

STEP 8. Mixing of Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat and Awlcraft SE Blending Solvent (T0195):

Firstly prepare a normal mix of standard Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat as per product datasheet using the most suitable reducers for your application conditions. Once ready, mix this 50:50 by volume with Awlcraft SE Blending Solvent (T0195).

STEP 9. Application of blended Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat/Awlcraft SE Blending Solvent:

Apply the above blend over the freshly applied and still tacky Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat (as per Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat datasheet) to the outer wet edge of the last coat.

Important

This is one of the most crucial steps in the whole repair process and is vital for obtaining an invisible repair. Care must be taken to not go over the edge of the sanded area. If this occurs the whole repair process will need to be repeated.

Apply the Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat blend as per normal clearcoat application taking care to apply a full film.

Important

Carry Out Step 10 IMMEDIATELY



STEP 10. Application of blended Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat/Awlcraft SE Blending solvent:

While the previous coat is still wet, apply straight (neat) Awlcraft SE Blending Solvent (T0195) starting ~2–3" (5–8cm) in from the outer edge of the Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat Blend (step 9) continuing to apply right over the edge of the clear and to the edge of the sanded area in order to blend the clear into the existing coating.

Important

Using the same tip and aircap as for all previous applications, reduce air pressure and fluid feed for the application of the pure Awlcraft SE Blending Solvent.

As this step involves applying straight solvent take care to not over-apply or have excessive volumes of solvent on the surface as this could result in defects from the solvent flowing unevenly across the repair area.

Final Steps

The above steps should result in a near-invisible repair that may not require buffing. However, once cured the Awlcraft 2000 Clearcoat can be buffed to further blend in the repair.