General Instructions for ALCLAD:
For use on injection molded plastic kits a primer is necessary. "Regular ALCLAD' is similar in strength to lacquer/cellulose automotive paints and injected polystyrene plastics will have areas that ALCAD can craze plastic (produce fine cracks on the surface).
Apply one of these primers before using Regular ALCLAD:
Alclad ALC-302 Gray Primer
Alclad ALC-306 White Primer and Microfiller
Alclad ALC-309 Black Primer and Microfiller
Tamiya or Gunze Sangyo plastic primers
Auto Primer - white or gray
Plastic primers and auto primers should be lightly polished with 1000/1200 wet & dry paper to give a less absorbent smooth surface.
High-Shine ALCLAD finishes requires a glossy base coat. Apply one of these primers for High-Shine ALCLAD Finishes:
ALCLAD Gloss Black Base ALC-304/305
ALCLAD Clear Base ALC-303
Preparation and Spraying:
The surface to be painted must be thoroughly clean and free from dust, grease, oil and finger marks.
Apply the correct primer for the type of ALCLAD being used.
ALCLAD should be sprayed at 12-15 psi. Spray from a distance of 2-3 inches from the surface being painted using a narrow to medium width tip. Use the airbrush like a paint brush - aim to cover the model in a methodical manner.
Buffing is not necessary. Tonal variation can be made by polishing selected panels with Micromesh.
Regular ALCLAD can be masked over and painted. Decal solutions can be used with REGULAR ALCAD but are not recommended for High-Shine ALCLAD.
The Prismatic finishes require a dark base coat. Use ALCLAD Gloss Black Base. Apply 2-3 light coats. When completely dry finish with 2-3 coats of ALCLAD Clear Base.
ALCLAD Holomatic Spectral Chrome should be applied over ALCLAD Gloss Black Base. Apply 1-2 light coats. When completely dry finish with 2-3 coats of Water-Based Clear.
For Candy Enamel top coats:
Shake thoroughly before use. Do not thin. Apply over ALCLAD Bright Silver Candy Base. Spray a light coat at 20-25 psi. Wait 5 minutes. Apply further even coats. Allow 5 minutes between each coat. Leave to cure for 2 hours before handling.
For Lexan/Polycarbonate car body shells:
The surface must be thoroughly cleaned to remove release agent, adhesive residue and finger marks.
Regular ALCLAD - apply 2-3 light coats with any R/C paint
High-Shine ALCLAD - apply 2-3 light coats with black or silver.
For application of Special Effect ALCLAD finishes for Lexan/Polycarbonate body shells:
Apply 2-3 light coats of Prismatic or Holomatic Spectral Chrome to the inside of a clean body shell. Allow to dry thoroughly then back with black or silver Water-Based paint.