General rule when applying is: @70F and 30%humidity
The regular HVLP paint sprayer is best to use.
Always thoroughly shake the paints before use.
32oz of sprayable paint covers 20 square feet or 6.1 square meters. It needs to be applied as “conformal coating” that means not full painting it but just covering it – applying full film.
1. Do I have to dilute LitCoat ?
If you apply LitCoat EL paints with a spray gun, a dilution might be necessary in order to achieve the best spray application results.
This is dependent on the kind of spray gun you are using.
2. Do I have to mix LitCoat paint prior to application?
Before the coating, LitCoat EL paints needs to be stirred thoroughly for about two to three minutes. As the mixture within the paints might typically separate after some time, make sure that you reach down to the very bottom of the can to bring up any solid parts that have separated and aren’t fully mixed. Stir the Paints until it has reached a fully even consistency.
Stirring slowly and at consistent pace will avoid air bubbles in the mixture. Make sure you only use acid free tools for stirring.
3. What can I do if I have solid parts in my LitCoat paint?
If you should discover that solid parts still remain after thoroughly stirring the LitCoat EL paints, simply pour the amount of Paint you need through a fine sieve or strainer. This will filter all solid and not fully mixed parts out of the LitCoat paint, leaving you with pure fluid material for your coating.
4. How long do I need to wait before coating next layer?
The applied layer need to be fully dried before applying the next layer of LitCoat paint. Our recommendation is to let your layer dry for at least 24 hours. Please note: Make sure your applied layers are completely dust and lint-free. Painting should be carried out on an even and clean surface only.
5. How long does LitCoat paint take to dry?
Under ideal conditions (approx. 10-22°C/ 50-72°F ambient temperature and 30-50% humidity) EL paints is dry (touchable) after about 30 minutes. To have the paint completely dried, we recommend to let it rest overnight or better for 24 up to 48 hours. Depending on the thickness of layers and other environmental factors such as humidity, air circulation and ambient temperature, the complete drying time of the LitCoat might also exceed 48 hours.
Our conductive clear is slow drying and is forming an extreme hard coat/film. 24 hours drying time improves conductivity, hardness and scratch resistance.
6. What are the best HVLP/Spray Gun settings to apply LitCoat paint?
Results of the coating depend on the kind of spray gun/ HVLP that you are using. If the spraying nozzle happens to be very fine, it might become plugged or splutter resulting in an uneven coating. In this case, we recommend the dilution with more distilled water for the amount you need and possibly the usage of a different nozzle. Moreover your spraying device needs to provide a consistent air pressure.
7. How do I prevent air bubbles or blistering when coating?
Apply LitCoat paint in thin layers to prevent blistering. If air bubbles appear while spraying the Paint, simply spray over another thin layer. This should break the bubbles. Please note: Any air bubbles need to be removed while the surface is still wet. Often air bubbles also disappear while drying.
Often the course of air bubbles is the use of too much water when diluting the EL paints.
8. Sizes to be painted
An applied litcoat system field should not exceed 3 square feet.
Combine 2 x 9V battery (18V) as input. This will generate much more illumination. (electric field is proportional to the gradient of the potential.)
9. Do I need to use a black-light to apply the paint?
A question we get quite often. Everyone knows that white on white is difficult to apply so the correct solution is to slightly tint the isolating layer paint to differentiate the layers and see better the coverage from next film layer (LitColor) that you are applying. If you like dramatic effects and manipulating real visibility while applying paint or using it, you can use it, Otherwise it is No, you do not need a black-light to apply the electroluminescent EL Light Emitting paint system.
As with any paint in general: Always use in a well-ventilated area. Avoid contact with skin or eyes. Always wear eye protection, respiratory protection, protective clothing and gloves. Immediately clean your HVLP spray gun or airbrush after use.
From principle it is actually simple to apply. You will need to develop your own feeling for it as it needs practice to get your handle on it.