ColorSpec Base Coat is a professional-grade Refinish Paint System that’s ideal for automotive and general DIY applications. As part of the ColorSpec ‘Clear-Over-Base’ system, ColorSpec Acrylic Clear Coat, or ColorSpec Deep Crystal™ Clear Coat must be used over all base coat paint to seal and bring up the gloss.
01. Should I check my colour before I spray?
Yes, we strongly advise test spraying your recent colour purchase out onto a small piece of card (followed by clear), to check the colour is a match. This will alleviate any discrepancies before painting a larger area.
02. Is ColorSpec paint fuel resistant?
The vast majority of acrylic paints are susceptible to petrol, along with other harsh solvents such as; acetone, thinner and methylated spirits. If you’re refinishing an area where fuel may come into contact, it is recommended to use a professional-grade, 2-pack paint product.
03. Can I get other colours mixed?
For best match to existing paint, always use your vehicle’s unique alpha-numeric paint code. However, there’s also ColorSpec’s amazing array of 565 custom colours to choose from. They can be found in the ColorSpec Colour Fan at your SuperCheap Auto store.
04. Is Clear Coat necessary?
Yes. ColorSpec is a ‘Clear-Over-Base’ (COB) system. On its own, base coat has no gloss and will look dull without clear coat. As well as adding gloss, clear coat also seals and protects the base coat against UV damage.
05. Do I need to use ColorSpec brand primers and clear coats?
For maximum longevity, it is strongly advised to use ColorSpec etch primers, primers and clear coats. Using products from the same manufacturer, ensures chemical compatibility between each of the individual products. The use of inferior grade, or incompatible products can cause delamination and/or frying – which will need to be completely stripped back before starting over.
06. Do I have to mix ColorSpec Base Coat with ColorSpec Acrylic Thinner?
ColorSpec aerosol cans have thinner and propellant already added. When using ColorSpec in bulk quantities and applied using air-operated spray equipment, mixing with ColorSpec Acrylic Thinner is essential to ensure compatibility along with proper adhesion and gloss retention.
* Recommended mixing ratio is 2-parts-paint to 1-part-thinner.
07. Can you use ColorSpec paint on engine parts or brake calipers?
ColorSpec is not recommended for components that will be exposed to extreme heat. This could cause the paint to split, crack or flake. Specialised, high-temperature paint is suggested for components such as these.
08. How long will a can of ColorSpec last in storage?
Product inside the aerosol can will store for at least 12-months from the time it’s mixed.