Originally Posted by jonesi
Not to be a pest, but does anybody have tips for mixing? Doing it this weekend, and don't want to screw it up...
Sorry we kept'cha hangin'
A. Mix the Reflective Base and the Viscosity Base seperately
B. Mix the Colorants using either a large Syringe to draw up precise amounts to dispense directly into 75% of the recommended water inside a Glass container, or by simply squeezing out the needed amount into a Shot-Glass sized measuring cup.
Note: If you have a small Digital Measuring scale, place the Shot-Glass measuring container on it, Zero it out, then dispense the selected Tint "slowly" up to the prescribed measured line. Note the "weight" and use that as a guidline for everything else, percentage-wise.
Another sure fire method is to simply dispense an entire 2 oz tube of any particular Tint into a zeroed out container, note the weight the two onces amounts to, then simply divide downward to match the amounts needed for each of the 4 colorants.
Myself, I just use entire tube by multiplying the smaller amounts out until I reach more easily obtainable amounts. The "Weight" method is extremely accurate, and it's nice to be able to use your remaining portion of water to rinse out the container your using.
The real key is to be a precise as possible in the measuring of the Colorant, as it's degree of "Neutrality" is wholly dependent upon getting the proportions as close to perfect as possible to achieve a pure, dark neutral Gray, which itself should resemble a ultra dark shade of Dirty Motor Oil...and when rinsed off a utensil under a light stream of water into a white basin will show a distinct, pure Gray color. If it looks Brown, Reddish, Greenish, or Blue-Purplish....post up again immediately for the needed corrective action. That action might simply involve going ahead and mixing it into the combined Reflective Base & Viscosity Base, and then correctly the obvious Color Shift. Trying to correct the Colorant itself is extremely difficult and not advisable.
So OK then....you got your Reflective / Viscosity bases ready, and your Colorant is bang on correct. Using the Squirrel Cage Mixing Tool on low speed, mix the Colorant into the Viscosity Base slowly, and do so only until you see the majority of it blended well.
The pour the Viscosity Mix into the Reflective Mix and slowly blend them together. DO NOT USE A HIGH SPEED TO MIX! This will "whip" the paint, creating air bubbles, and you want to avoid that.
At this point, before you add any additional water, you lift the Mixing tool out of the paint and note how smoothly and fast the paint runs off the Tool. It should not "slide or ooze" but actually "drain off" and the Turbine vanes on the mixer should "pop" open in under 20 seconds. If not, add water in additional 2 oz increments until it (mix) does exactly that.
Now your ready to strain the paint mix through a 1 Gallon "Nylon Sock-Style" Strainer into a "CLEAN" 1 gallon paint can.
After that, should you find upon trying to paint that the mix still does not flow freely and produce at least a 12" tall vertical pattern, add additional water in 1 once increments until it does.
Rinse off the Mixing tool "Immediately" after using it.
Disassemble and rinse out the Gun and Tip pieces, It only takes a couple minutes and assures that the Gun has a clear, free-flowing action every time. The Wagner CS (Regular & Double Duty) being integrated Turbine/Spray Head guns, heat up just enough that such heat can bake the paint onto the Plastic components, therein restricting or plugging up the parts.
If there are any other lingering doubts about how to do the spraying, times between coats, types of coats, etc....don't rush in to keep going on a hope, or make any guesses. Haul up and post, or contact me (check PM) and getter dun right the first time.
It's more fun and infinitely more satisfying to do so....believe me!