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  1. Please post or send us pictures. We love to see customer photos as they inspire us!
  2. Re-coating time for DiamondFinish Clear is very dependent on temperature and humidity. With that in mind, re-coating can be done once the first or consecutive coat is dry-to-touch and does not leave a fingerprint which is usually within 2-4 hours. When spraying, 10%-15% is normally adequate. Use KBS #1 Thinner (VOC Exempt) or Xylene ONLY. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  3. BlackTop Gloss is 90-95% gloss measured at 60 degrees so it sounds like you would just want to use BlackTop Gloss. If you wanted to bring the gloss down some, the best way to do it is to start with a 1:1 mix and then adjust as needed. As a very general rule, it is easier to get glossy and more difficult to get satin which is why we recommend starting at a 1:1 mix. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  4. Yes, you can absolutely mix the BlackTop Gloss and the BlackTop OEM Satin to get a custom sheen. The best way to do it is to start with a 1:1 mix and then adjust as needed. Always paint out test pieces and wait 24 hours to see the final sheen knowing that the sheen gets more satin as it cures. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  5. Yes, you can apply BlackTop (Non-Aerosol) in thin coats (3-8 hours between coats; re-coating can be done once the first or consecutive coat is dry-to-touch and does not leave a fingerprint). After 24 hours, you can wet sand and then apply additional coats of BlackTop as needed to get the desired finish and gloss. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  6. KBS Coatings

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    Excellent. Please send us your before and after pictures! We love to see customer photos.
  7. KBS Coatings

    Primer

    No, you can brush RustSeal (brush marks flow out beautifully) and then spray the BlackTop. There are three effective ways to topcoat RustSeal (with BlackTop, KBS Top Coater, KBS MAXX or other solid color top coat paints) effectively so that the coatings bond and fuse together. Please choose the one that works for your project. 1) Apply your top coat once the second or final coat of RustSeal is dry-to-the-touch and does not leave a fingerprint (usually 3-6 hours depending on temperature and humidity). 2) Let the second or final coat of RustSeal fully cure (at least 24 hours), scuff the RustSeal with 320 grit, then apply your top coat. 3) Let the second or final coat of RustSeal fully cure (at least 24 hours), dust the RustSeal with Fusion Self-Etching Primer, let the Fusion cure for 30 minutes, then apply your top coat. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
  8. KBS Coatings

    Primer

    If you have freshly sandblast steel where fresh sand (not recycled) and gloved hands (no finger oils) were used, you can simply apply BlackTop straight to that surface. Most people put RustSeal to the sandblasted steel and then BlackTop over the RustSeal for the longest lasting rust prevention system but BlackTop will adhere very well to sandblasted steel. BlackTop is used all of the time on running boards and is ideal. This is a very common application. Please let us know if that helps you and if you have any additional questions.
  9. The aerosol cans spray better when up and down. Depending on how full the aerosol cans are (the fuller, the better) they can also spray when they are side to side. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any other questions.
  10. We have snow removal companies all over the country using our proven products because the investment is worth it for the long term protection of their equipment. For snow removal trucks (and the like): 1) Wire Wheel and Needle Descale. 2) Clean with KBS Klean (Can be put through a pressure washer). 3) Etch all areas well with RustBlast. 4) Coat with RustSeal. Thin coats and at least 2-3 coats. 5) Coat over the RustSeal with BlackTop for any areas that are exposed to sunlight. This will give you the best permanent finish that will protect against rusting and will allow for easy cleaning of your snow removal equipment. Complete Direction can be found HERE. Please let us know if that helps and get back with us if you have any additional questions.
  11. Yes, you can apply XTC over another cured coating provided the coated surface has been slightly scuffed and then cleaned with KBS Klean. As for the side pipes, after proper dry time, XTC will be dry to the touch and can be handled using care, but the XTC resins will not reach full hardness until heated to approx. 350° F (176° C). For headers or manifolds, this can be done in an oven, BBQ, or by mounting back on engine and run to normal operating temperature. NOTE: Coating can emit potentially harmful vapors during the first few heat/cool cycles. Allow for full and proper ventilation during initial heat curing. Avoid excessive heat during this initial "break-in" period, as the XTC resins need to be tempered into the substrate to provide proper adhesion. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  12. Yes, you should always rinse RustBlast to neutralize the acid and to prevent an excess amount of zinc phosphate left on the surface. When RustBlast is rinsed, the correct amount of zinc phosphate is left on the surface which aids in the adhesion of the coating that is being put on the surface. If you do not rinse, you can leave too much zinc phosphate on the surface which can hinder the adhesion of the coating that us being put on the surface including KBS Rust Converter (should you decide to go that route). Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  13. Yes, an infrared thermometer will work great and what we had in mind.
  14. Yes, use a surface thermometer and the heat gun together to cure a piece that has been coated with XTC or XTC Primer. Get the surface to 300-350F and keep it there for 20-30 minutes. After that, let the piece come back to room temperature naturally (do not purposely cool it down). Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  15. When we are doing the KBS Tank Sealing System, we typically use duct tape and you can find that at any hardware store or paint store. Duct tape is sticky and tough which makes it work well for sealing up holes on the tank as you do the KBS Tank Sealing System. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
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