2 PACK OR NOT 2 PACK..THAT IS THE QUESTION!

Understanding 2 Pack Products

Many DIY painters are a bit nervous about using two pack products – this is usually as a result of not understanding a few simple “rules”. So before you settle for the simple (but less durable, long lasting) single can of paint, we have outlined a few key points to remember, armed yourself with these key points and your painting experience is sure to be a resounding success:

MIX RATIO
The mix ratio is the ratio of Part A (the base portion) that is mixed with the Part B (the converter or catalyst). Mix ratios are set to an optimum rate so that the paint cures well, and performs at its best. Users are encouraged to measure the volumes of the two parts carefully and accurately. Make sure the two separate components are well mixed before you decant any as it is important that each component is a smooth, homogenous blend before measuring / decanting.

INDUCTION TIME
Induction time is the period of time, after mixing the components together, but before thinning when the paint is allowed to rest and start the catalysing process. Induction has a number of benefits and is highly recommended, especially in cooler temperatures.

POT LIFE
The “Pot Life” is the amount of time available (based on warm, 24°C conditions) to apply the product before it is too far along the cure process to still be useable. Always mix smaller amounts than will be needed in the course of the day. Even though a product may still be liquid, once the pot life has expired, discard the balance as partially catalysed product will not adhere and perform well.

THINNERS
Thinning is usually required for most products (but not always, so check the data sheet). Thinning helps to achieve a nice even finish, without lots of brush marks, and it helps to control how much paint is applied. Thick coats are often the cause of problems.

DRY TIMES
Dry times are based on the prevailing temperature at the time, the thickness of the coating applied and ventilation. Applying the next coat of paint before the previous one is cured (hard dry) is not advised, as generally this will slow down the cure of both layers, and can lead to solvent entrapment – a condition where the solvents just cannot get out of the film, and this results in premature failure of the coating system.

REMEMBER IF IN DOUBT PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE ALTEX BOAT PAINT TECHNICAL LINE FOR YOUR AREA (during working hours only).
Australia Support:
1800 738 383 or support@altexboatpaint.com.au
New Zealand:
0800 429 527 or support@altexboatpaint.co.nz.

ALTEX YACHT & BOAT PAINT ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF IT’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW LOOK PRODUCT RANGE…

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…however, it’s what’s going on inside the cans that is guaranteed to redefine the D.I.Y and professional Marine Painting market, throughout New Zealand!

With refined and improved formulations, easy to follow systems, clever label designs and the introduction of new colour options, Altex Yacht and Boat Paint have carefully analysed the D.I.Y and Professional Marine Painting market requirements and have exceed those requirements!

So why the new look? With over 20 years trading history as New Zealand’s most trusted local Marine Paint Manufacturer, a brand revamp was overdue. The opportunity for further technical development into the product line, and the requirement to upgrade the current formulations to meet the required health and safety regulations was also incorporated into the release.

The main changes for consumers of the range will be the introduction of the new label design. The label designs are now fashionably colour categorised, for easy recognition of type, incorporating simple to follow directions and guidelines. Altex has also introduced new and improved products and colours, within the Epoxy and Polyurethane formulations, ensuring comprehensive, easy to use and complete boat painting systems. These systems have been tailored to meet the needs of the D.I.Y enthusiast and Professional Marine Painting Contractor.

To compliment the new image release, a range of substrate specific, D.I.Y focused and simple to follow system guide brochures have been created and are available at your local retailer or online.

The Altex Yacht & Boat Paint’s new intuitive system, is available from all leading Marine Suppliers throughout New Zealand. For a full list of suppliers visit: www.altexboatpaint.com.

If a D.I.Y project is not for you, don’t worry just ask for Altex Yacht and Boat Paint by name at a professional Marine Painting Contractor, or contact Altex direct for a recommended contractor nearest to you.

Following on from the positive response we received at the Auckland On Water Boat Show, if you would like to find out more about these exciting changes to a much loved, classic New Zealand brand, then visit the Altex Yacht and Boat Paint Team, at the Inside Marquee on Stands 47 & 48, at the Tauranga Marine Show 2015.