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  1. It is always best to remove all the old chalked up clear coat so that chalky surface does not cloud the DiamondFinish Clear. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  2. 1) XTC Clear is designed to go over a color of XTC to add gloss. XTC Clear is not designed for direct to metal applications, however, we have had customers successfully use it for this. 2) Yes, DiamondFinish Clear is ideal for aluminum wheels that have been sandblasted with fresh and not recycled sand. Please let us know if this helps and if you have any additional questions.
  3. Yes, you can heat cycle, add air flow, and add humidity to the room to fully cure DiamondFinish Clear. Once the DiamondFinish Clear is fully cured, a cup of tea should not leave an indentation. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  4. It is best to use all three steps of the Tank Sealer System for new tanks. The KBS Klean removes the manufacturing residues, the RustBlast etches the new slick surface, and then the Tank Sealer seals it up preventing rust down the road. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  5. Be sure to stir DiamondFinish Clear for two minutes before each use. That is a common mistake.
  6. Thanks. The picture does not show much so it is hard to tell. Our coating has not changed in a few years so we can rule that out. Have any of your other coatings changed? Maybe the varnish?
  7. Please post some pictures so we can see that and research.
  8. The micro-bubbles are an indication that the clear coat was still trying to cure, and the packaging caused the full cure not to happen. You can avoid this by allowing the surface to cure before packaging and you can speed up the cure by adding humidity to the environment after the initial flash off.
  9. OK. We will do some testing on the microwave part of this. We have tested the top rack of dishwasher and that is no problem, but we have not tested the microwave. We will report back once we have our testing complete.
  10. We have never tested DiamondFinish Clear in a microwave, but we have never had problems with the top rack on a dishwasher only if the DiamondFinish Clear is fully cured at least seven days and the DiamondFinish Clear was applied in thin and not heavy coats. Can you pin down for us the cause ... dishwasher top rack or microwave?
  11. How do you apply DiamondFinish Clear? Brush? Air brush? We are looking forward to your reply.
  12. We always recommend 96 hours before putting water or fuel in the tank because that is what we have found works best under most environmental circumstances. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  13. Over the past few years, we have been back and forth with the color of Fusion SEP because of some requests from our military subtractors. The performance is the same and Fusion SEP is designed to be coated over so this should not cause any issues other than some obvious confusion and we do apologize for that. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  14. Car Frame Repair is Kept Free of Future Corrosion Using the KBS Ultimate Frame Coater Kit During an automotive restoration car frame repair is often necessary. During the life of the car, or truck, the frame may have been damaged by rust or a collision. Since a damaged frame affects safety, it is important to be sure the frame is repaired properly. The first step of a car frame repair is a thorough inspection of the frame to determine if it has any damage. In cases of collision a frame may be visibly bent, however, there are times when the damage may not be visible. This might be noticed if the vehicle is pulling to one side as it is being driven. If an alignment is performed and the car is still pulling, there is a good chance the frame is bent. Uneven tire wear is also an indicator of a bent frame. Again, if after an alignment is performed and the condition persists, the frame may be bent. Another sign of a bent frame are shocks and suspension that are worn unevenly. These components will wear faster on the side of the vehicle where more weight is being distributed by the bent frame. Uneven gaps in the body can also be a telltale sign of a tweaked frame and need for car frame repair. To straighten the frame, autobody shops use powerful hydraulic machines to push and pull the frame back into shape. That is, if the car or truck hasn’t been too badly damaged. In this case, car frame repair may be possible by cutting out the bent portions of the frame and weld in replacement pieces. Another consideration are cracks in the frame that have formed due to collision, or stress from long-time use. Cracks can be visible to the naked eye, however, some are hard to see or are hidden just below the surface of the metal. Also, visible cracks may have ends that are so narrow that it is difficult to see how far they extend. There are methods to find these small cracks in the metal. The first is visible dye penetrant testing where dye is applied to the metal surface. After a period, the dye is wiped off the surface, which leaves dye that has settled into the crack. Therefore, making the crack visible as a bright red line. The only drawback is that the test will only show cracks that have reached the surface. It won’t show internal cracking of the metal. Dye penetrant testing indicates cracked metal A different and more accurate way to test metal for cracks is magnetic particle inspection, which is commonly known as Magnaflux. This process detects cracks that are on the surface as well as defects in the subsurface of the metal. The way it works is magnetic particles, suspended in oil, are applied to the surface of the metal. The metal then receives a magnetic charge causing the magnetic particles in the oil to concentrate where cracks or defects in the metal are and indicate where they are located. Of note, Magnaflux is significantly more expensive than visible dye penetrant testing for car frame repair. Magnetic Particle Inspection reveals crack Cracks in frames must be expertly repaired. Common car frame repair methods for flat surfaces include reinforcing the crack with a square shaped plate with the square edges of the plate placed 45° to the crack, which spreads the stress forces out. Another method is to “stop drill”, or drill holes at ends of the crack to keep the crack from migrating, and then installing a sleeve over the cracked area and welding it in place. Rust is common cause for significant frame damage. Especially with cars driven in the midwest and northeast US, where road salt eats away at metal. Rust damage is usually easily spotted with a visual inspection of the frame. However, frames can rust from the inside out, with little evidence of rust on the exterior of the frame. So, it’s important to inspect inside frame rails to be sure this isn’t happening. Also, the welds throughout the frame, including joints of mounting tabs welded onto the frame, need to be carefully inspected for rust damage that may have compromised the integrity of the metal. The rust needs to be removed physically, or chemically, and perforated or significantly damaged metal needs to be replaced. Welded-in steel plate patches may work in some cases while in more extreme situations new frame sections can be purchased or obtained from donor cars. Once a frame has been inspected, and any needed car frame repair made, it should receive a coating that will keep it protected from rusting in the future. KBS Coatings offers the Ultimate Frame Coater Kit to remove rust, prepare the metal for coating, and seal it away from future corrosion. The first step in the process is to remove any loose, flaking rust with a wire brush or wheel, or sandpaper. KBS Klean is then used to clean the metal. This high-strength non-toxic cleaner removes dirt, grime, grease, and other contaminants from the surface of the metal. KBS Klean can also be used to clean the frame during frame inspection and car frame repair. The next step is RustBlast, which removes rust and is applied with a scrub brush and allowed to soak for at least 30 minutes. RustBlast contains zinc phosphate pre-primer and etches metal to prepare it for coating with RustSeal. RustSeal is then applied with a brush, roller, or spray-gun. RustSeal is a single part coating that is hard and durable, yet flexible to handle impacts and dings. It effectively seals the metal away from air moisture and therefore keeps it from rusting. RustSeal provides a beautiful finish, and if flows out well. Which means it smooths out when applied and doesn’t show brush marks. RustSeal looks great and compliments any show car or restoration. A final, yet crucial step is to protect the inside of frame rails from rust. To do so, the kit includes Cavity Coater, which is a cavity wax and corrosion inhibiting coating. Cavity Coater penetrates deeply to provide protection in hard-to-reach areas. Cavity Coater is applied with the Cavity Wand, which has a 360 degree spray tip for complete coverage. For a demonstration of Cavity Coater being applied click here. Proper frame inspection, car frame repair, and corrosion protection are an important part of an auto restoration. The KBS Ultimate Frame Coater Kit ensures the frame will stay in rust-free condition, and looking great, for years to come. For more information on the Ultimate Frame Coater Kit click HERE.
  15. Clear Concrete Sealer – How to Choose the Best Type for Your Project A clear concrete sealer serves two primary functions. One is to protect the concrete and the other is to improve its appearance. Concrete surfaces, especially garage floors, are subject to staining and damage from oil, chemicals, dirt, road salt, and other materials. They can also be damaged by water erosion and extreme temperatures. A clear concrete sealer provides a protective barrier that stands between damaging elements and the concrete to help keep it from spalling, pitting and cracking. Although there is the initial investment of time and money to seal concrete, ultimately, it will help to avoid the expense of repair or replacement of the concrete by extending its service life. Concrete sealers can be used on new and old concrete, whether indoors or outdoors. A clear concrete sealer also helps to beautify concrete by bringing out its colors and textures with a low sheen, high-gloss or wet look finish. Of note, spills, mud, and other contaminants are more easily cleaned from a sealed concrete surface. Choosing the best type of clear concrete sealer depends on the requirements of your project. Acrylic Concrete Sealer Water based acrylic concrete sealer is the most widely used and is known for its color enhancement, short dry time and the ability to be applied to concrete soon after it is poured. Acrylic concrete sealers are also easy to use and generally more economical than other concrete sealers. A downside is that acrylic concrete sealer applies in thin coats is not durable. So, recoating is required more frequently than other types of clear concrete sealers. Acrylic concrete sealers are available in water based and solvent based formulations. Water based is often preferred as it is more durable than solvent based. Additionally, it helps reduce issues like brush marks and bubbling. A benefit of a solvent based acrylic clear concrete sealer is that it does a better job of enhancing the concrete color. Penetrating Concrete Sealer A clear concrete sealer that penetrates concrete is popular for outdoor use as it absorbs into the concrete for a barrier that doesn’t let water in but allows water vapor to evaporate out. This is ideal for winter environments as water trapped in concrete can freeze and expand, thereby cracking the concrete. Penetrating concrete sealer is popular for outdoor use, such as on sidewalks, as it doesn’t have a glossy finish that can get slippery when wet. Types of penetrating concrete sealers are silicate concrete sealer, silicone concrete sealer and silane concrete sealer. Silicate concrete sealer increases hardness and density of concrete. It maintains the natural appearance of the concrete but doesn’t provide high levels of protection against water erosion. Silicone concrete sealer provides shorter term protection and will need to be reapplied far more frequently than other sealers. This sealer doesn’t alter the appearance of concrete and is often used on vertical surfaces to protect concrete against graffiti. The coating doesn’t offer UV protection so it’s not ideal for applications that are exposed to significant sunlight. Silane Concrete Sealer is applied in two to three thick coats and provides protection for up to 3 years. This heavy-duty clear concrete sealer significantly changes the appearance of the concrete and is frequently used for parking garages. Epoxy Concrete Sealer Epoxy clear concrete sealer is much harder than acrylic concrete sealant and offers a thick and durable finish that is long lasting and abrasion resistant. Epoxy sealant has a high gloss and brings out surface colors. It’s a popular choice for kitchen counters and high traffic areas like walkways. As epoxy is vulnerable to yellowing caused by UV light it is most popular for indoor applications. Polyurethane and Urethane Concrete Sealers Polyurethane and urethane clear concrete sealer has a service life of 4-8 years, provides almost twice the thickness of an acrylic concrete sealer, and offers excellent durability against chemicals, contaminants, and scuffing. UV protectants keep the sealant from yellowing over time, making it a functional choice for outdoor applications as well as indoor use. Like acrylics, they are available in water based and solvent based formulations. This type of sealer performs so well it is the sealant of choice for high traffic areas such as concrete roadways. Flexibility of the coating allows it to handle impacts that would damage an acrylic clear concrete sealer. KBS Coatings DiamondFinish Clear concrete sealer is an excellent choice for sealing concrete. DiamondFinish Clear is a 1K (one part – requires no mixing) moisture cured high gloss urethane clear coat that is exceptionally tough. Its formulation brings out the colors and textures of the concrete and because of its Advanced Cross-Linked Coatings Technology, it is both flexible and durable to avoid cracking and peeling. To see a demonstration of DiamondFinish Clear’s flexibility and durability see our video. DiamondFinish Clear is self-leveling and can be applied with a roller, spray gun, or with a brush without leaving any brush marks. The clear concrete sealer is UV stable making it an excellent performer for both indoor and outdoor uses. DiamondFinish Clear is user friendly with a quick dry time and a low and compliant VOC formulation. Choosing the correct clear concrete sealer is a matter of determining what qualities it will need to have to best meet the requirements of the project. With careful research and selecting high quality products you can achieve a finish that looks great and provides long-lasting protection. For more information on DiamondFinish Clear click HERE.
  16. DiamondFinish Clear is not only an automotive 1K clear coat but is also used by artists worldwide to protect their outdoor sculptures and exterior artwork. DiamondFinish Clear is an easy to apply clear coat that is completely non-porous once cured and UV stable protecting permanently the surface that it encapsulates.
  17. It is best practice to prep the surface with KBS Klean and RustBlast and then seal up the surface with Rusthttps://www.kbs-coatings.com/rustseal.htmlSeal before doing your filler/bondo work. This helps to prevent the filler/bondo from popping off. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
  18. XTC is a high temperature/heat resistant coating formulated specifically to protect metal surfaces operating at temperatures from 500° F to 1500° F making XTC ideal for smokers and grills. With proper preparation, XTC provides outstanding adhesion, film integrity, weathering, and thermal shock-resistance throughout this entire temperature range and is guaranteed not to burn off! XTC is ideal for exterior applications because it resists rust when primed with XTC Primer. XTC Clear is typically used on smokers over the XTC base color to provide the gloss that many desire for their smoker.
  19. DiamondFinish Clear Aerosol is an excellent clear coat to go over sealed wood. DiamondFinish Clear Aerosol is very easy to apply achieving professional looking results. DiamondFinish Clear Aerosol creates a durable finish that withstands all sorts of abuse without chipping, cracking, or peeling making it ideal to apply in some of the toughest environments. “The original finish was a furniture lacquer that only lasted about two years before getting sticky and unable to clean. I removed the old finish by first scraping because it fouled the sandpaper very quickly. I then sanded the wood down to 320 grit. I applied 3 coats of DiamondFinish Clear Aerosol using 4 passes each time. With 24hr drying. Then sanded each with 320 grit. I then applied 3 coats about 20 minutes apart and let it cure for 48+hrs. Then wet sanded with 320, 400,600, 800, 1000, 1500. Then hand buffed to final shine. I am very happy with the results and everyone in shows and cruises is amazed at the finish.” -Ed M.
  20. KBS MAXX is a superior performance, two-component (2K), low VOC, low HAPs, permanently UV stable polyurethane topcoat that can be applied by brush, roller or sprayer to all your heavy equipment and heavy machinery. KBS MAXX offers excellent gloss and color retention as well as superior impact resistance and provides fast drying characteristics. When durability and looks are key, KBS MAXX is the best rated and proven choice for all your exterior paint needs.
  21. Isopropanol leaves a residue behind, so we do not recommend rinsing with that as this defeats the purpose of using a water based cleaner and degreaser like KBS Klean.
  22. You can use a clean dry towel to dry or apply heat to dry the surface after the surface has been cleaned with KBS Klean and rinsed. Please let us know if that helps and if you have any additional questions.
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    Yes, please start with KBS Klean and then proceed to RustBlast and finally RustSeal. Yes, RustSeal is the best product for the frame as RustSeal prevents rust and is incredibly durable. For the fender liners, most people coat over the RustSeal with KBS UnderCoat for sound deadening and it gives a textured look that many people desire. Please be sure to review the RustSeal Directions. If you have any additional questions, please reach out.
  24. Yes, we are currently developing and testing a matte version of DiamondFinish Clear. We also do have KBS MAXX Clear in a Satin finish. Have you looked at that?
  25. Prepping a bare aluminum tank is the same process as prepping a bare steel tank. RustBlast will etch the aluminum. 100% Methanol is no problem at all for Tank Sealer. Please be sure to follow the Tank Sealer Directions and let us know if you have any questions.
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