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By following the recommendations and instructions in this brochure, a high-quality repair can be achieved.

Step 01. Look up your vehicle’s paint code; typically found in door jamb or under bonnet. Alternatively, choose a colour from the colour fan book located in-store.

Step 02. Thoroughly clean area to be repaired with wax & grease remover to clean away any grease, oil, wax, or contaminants.

Step 03. Sand damaged area with 240 dry sandpaper. Clean again with wax & grease remover. Mask well past repair area to prevent overspray.

Step 04. For large, bare metal areas, first apply ColorSpec Etch Primer. Allow to dry (1 to 2 hours) then lightly sand with 600 dry sandpaper. Follow with 2 to 3 medium coats of ColorSpec Primer Surfacer as opposed to one heavy coat. Allow to flash dry between coats. Remove masking and allow minimum 1-hour dry time.

Step 05. Sand with 600 dry (or 800 wet & dry) sandpaper – making sure primer is smooth with no sanding scratches. Any surface imperfections and/or sanding scratches will not be hidden by paint (Base Coat).

Step 06. After sanding is completed, hand compound surrounding area  (past primered area) to assist adhesion of the base coat. Clean with wax & grease remover and mask off adjacent panels to avoid overspray.

Step 07. To ensure proper colour match, it’s strongly recommended that you spray Base Coat, followed by Clear Coat onto a small test piece to check colour match. This will alleviate any discrepancies before painting a larger area.

Step 08. Apply a minimum of 3 coats of ColorSpec Base Coat. Allow to flash dry between each coat. Ensure primed area is fully covered and blend Base Coat well past primed area for a seamless colour match. Leave to dry for 40 minutes.

Step 09. After basecoat is dry, apply 2 to 3 coats of ColorSpec Clear Coat. Allow to flash-dry between coats. Clear Coat is required for UV protection and to match the gloss of original (OEM) paint. Blend clear over wider area than repair. Leave to dry for minimum 4 hours or overnight. *NOTE: Watch our ‘How To’ videos if not familiar with blending.

Step 10. After clear is fully cured (at least 24hrs), finish with Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound to achieve a smooth, gloss finish. For any dust or dirt imperfections in the clear, sand out with 1500 wet & dry sandpaper before compounding. Leave for 60 days before applying a wax.


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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.


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