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ERA Paints Engine Paint Application Instructions
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Please read and follow ALL instructions before beginning your paint project.
This is a 2K product, once activated potlife (usable spray time) is about 8 hours. Improper preparation or application are the primary issues for paint failure.
1. Always wear respirator, protective gloves and eyewear. Activate can only immediately before use, activated potlife is 8 hours.
2. To prep engine surface use warm water, dish soap and detail brush to remove grease, oils, grime, etc. Rinse with water and dry with towel. Use ERA Wax & Degreaser (or rubbing alcohol) to remove any remaining particles and residues.
3. When surface is fully dry (use compressed air to blow off water), mask off surrounding areas to protect from overspray. Remove or tape off all components you do not wanted painted so that only the engine will be painted.
4. Use a NIOSH approved face mask or respirator in a well-ventilated area at temperatures between 70°F and 95°F and humidity is under 60%. Shake can well for 2 minutes. Remove red stopper from top of can and insert on bottom of spray can, press on red stopper to activate ingredients, shake again for 2 minutes.
5. Hold can 6-10 inches from engine. Apply an initial light coat of engine paint, using short dusting strokes and covering the entire area of the engine (cracks, crevice’s). Wait 10 minutes between following medium coats (paint should feel dry to the touch before spraying additional coats. You may need more than 3 coats, depending on color and conditions.
6. After the paint is tack-free (dry to the touch – typically 6-7 hours), you can take away masking tape/paper. Paint is fully cured in 24 hours.
7. Let the paint cure for at least 24 hours (full cure time at 70° F /30% humidity) before using engine.
Warning: Wear a respirator, eye protection and gloves at all times. Our engine paint is more harsh than ordinary spray paint.
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We cannot over-emphasize the importance of proper prep and application of Engine Paint.
Recommended ambient and engine temperature for painting is 70°- 85° F and humidity should be no higher than 60%. When applying paint to an engine, you should NEVER have the paint surface in direct sunlight or wind.
Improperly prepared and/or contaminated surfaces are the #1 cause of paint application issues. The project area should not have any oil, wax, rust, water residue, etc on it. Always pre-prep the project area to ensure the surface is free of loose dirt & grime. Thoroughly clean the area to be painted with warm dish soap and water, rinse thoroughly and dry completely. Use compressed air if you have it – it will assist in getting water out of small crevices, etc. There is no need to completely de-rust the engine.
Masking: Use automotive grade masking tape and paper or plastic to mask off all engine components in the engine bay that you do not want painted.
SPRAY PAINT APPLICATION
Prior to using any aerosol spray can, vigorously shake can for 2 minutes, and again for 10 seconds after every minute of spraying. Immediately before painting, activate the catalyst. Do this by removing the red stopper from top of can and insert on bottom of spray can, press on red stopper firmly to activate ingredients (you should hear and feel a slight ‘pop’), shake again vigorously for 2 minutes.
Remember: you only have about 8 hours pot life (usable spray time) before the catalyst inside the can makes the paint unusable. Before using the engine paint for the first time, clear the uncatalyzed paint in the straw by tipping the can upside down and spray about 5 seconds to evacuate air & liquid from the straw– then tip the can right-side up & continue to spray 1-2 seconds more until there is no ‘sputter’.
Always spray the first spray of a can onto something other than your vehicle.
If a can or ambient temperature feels colder than 70 degrees, you can heat it by putting it in warm water (be careful to fully dry so you do not have water contamination!!). In order for any nozzle to spray effectively, press straight down on the center of the nozzle with enough pressure so the paint doesn’t ‘sputter’ out. The spray can should always be in motion (moving SIDE TO SIDE) anytime you are spraying paint (the nozzle is depressed). When finished spraying out of can, you should clear the spray tip by spraying the can upside down until the tip & straw have been emptied of paint; wipe excess paint off the nozzle.
Spraying: Position spray can 6-10 inches away from the engine when spraying. Apply an initial light coat of engine paint, using short dusting strokes and covering the entire area of the engine (cracks, crevice’s). Wait 10 minutes between following medium coats (paint should feel dry to the touch before spraying additional coats. You may need more than 3 coats, depending on color and conditions.
Cleanup: After the paint is tack-free (dry to the touch – typically 6-7 hours) you can take away masking tape/paper. Paint is fully cured in 24 hours. Let the engine paint cure for at least 24 hours before driving.
A NOTE ABOUT SAFETY
ERA Paints is not responsible or liable for any damage or injury to people or vehicles resulting from misuse of this product or failure to follow instructions above. If paint accidentally gets sprayed on surfaces, clean immediately with acetone, lacquer thinner or replace the part.
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING: Our paint and wax/grease remover products contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm – use in a well-ventilated area and avoid contact with skin. Customers accept responsibility for using products in a safe and responsible manner. Exercise caution when using our products. Follow product instructions carefully. Keep paint and other paint products away from children. Please dispose of unused paint products carefully and respect local regulations. Use protective equipment during application – toxic chemicals that are found in spray can inhalants can pass into the bloodstream and eventually make their way to the brain. These chemicals represent a number of health risks and potentially fatal dangers. Someone who intentionally sniffs a large amount of the chemicals found in aerosols is at risk of brain, kidneys or liver damage, visual problems, seizures, loss of hearing, central nervous system damage, dementia, and even suffocation or Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. Please be aware that spray can sniffing is fairly common among teenagers. MSDS sheets are available for all products upon request.
30-DAY CONDITIONAL WARRANTY/RETURNS/REFUNDS POLICY
RETURNS/REFUNDS/RE-MIXES: We hand-mix and sell Engine Paint. The color may vary slightly from the color swatch shown. Therefore, in order for you to get a return/refund/remix on your purchase you need to send us valid demonstrable photo proof that our paint was formulated/mixed incorrectly. Generally, we will gladly refund purchases for situations such as blue paint was shipped for a red paint. If you receive a defective product or partial order, we will be happy to fully correct it.
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