Application Instructions

APPLICATION

  • Spread rate is 200 sq. ft. per gallon, about half that of ordinary exterior house paint (this is good)
  • Liquid Ceramic® is a recommended two-coat application; both coats can and should be tinted. With two coats, you'll yield about 100 sq. ft. per gallon, deducting 5-10% for rough surfaces, adding 5-10% for smooth surfaces.
  • Substrate must be clean, dry (12% or under on moisture meter) and sound
  • All preparation standards are taken from MPI “Architectural Painting Specification Manual” – the PAINTER'S BIBLE, available at www.paintinfo.com
  • Preparing your wall surface for a Liquid Ceramic® application is the same process as preparing for a good paint job
  • Liquid Ceramic® is a two-coat application; both coats can and should be tinted
  • Local paint stores can tint to virtually any color. Uses "888" universal colorant system.
  • Temperatures, for exterior applications, must be between 40º Fahrenheit and 85º Fahrenheit and remain at those temperatures during drying times
  • Dewpoint must not be within 5º of temperature
  • Relative Humidity must be under 85%
  • Do not apply in the rain, or if it is expected to rain within the next six hours after the project is completed.
  • Do not coat in direct sunlight, always coat the shaded wall
  • Drying time between coats is 4 hours if relative humidity is at 50% or less
  • Dries to the touch in one hour, depending on humidity levels
  • Leftover product (Pastel and/or Medium bases) can be used for 1st coat on next job under colors of Pastel and/or Medium bases; but, never use leftover product of Dark and/or Accent bases except under Dark and Accent colors
  • Exterior colors in Pastel and Medium bases are Semi-Gloss finish
  • Exterior colors in Dark and Accent bases are Flat finish
  • Liquid Ceramic® can be applied over any surface that paint is applied to
  • Liquid Ceramic® can be brushed, rolled or sprayed.
  • Synthetic brushes are recommended with brush application
  • Rollers must be “lint free”
  • Sprayer must be able to pump 1.1 gallons, or more, per minute
  • Pressure should be @ 3,300 PSI, or more
  • Airless sprayer Ultra Max 1095 (GRACO), or greater, is recommended
  • #5 - #21 tip is recommended for spraying
  • Each coat should be approximately 8 mils thick, when wet (8 mils wft)
  • Raw (new) surfaces must be primed before coating
  • Previously stained surfaces must be primed before coating
  • Cedar (all types) and stained substrates must be primed before applying Liquid Ceramic®.
  • See complete application instructions (reproduced from an actual label on the pail of product), below.

ACTUAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FROM PRODUCT LABEL.

(Again, please note, that the MPI Repaint Manual is the authoritative source on applying this product. If in doubt, please consult the MPI Repaint Manual or CONTACT US.)

Liquid Ceramic® Exterior Wall Coating is our most technologically advanced specialty coating system boasting exceptional properties. It is a high performance architectural coating that incorporates some of the highest quality acrylic resins on the market today. Liquid Ceramic® Exterior Wall Coating can be tinted to virtually any color for use on cured concrete, stucco, masonry, wood, vinyl, metal and most standard substrates.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: (Surface Preparation) Surface must be clean (no dirt, mold, mildew, etc.), dry (under 12% on a moisture meter) and sound (no dead paint, bad substrate, etc.). Sand or make dull any shiny surfaces. WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead.

APPLICATION CONSULTATION LINE: 704-970-9519 (9:00am—4:00pm Eastern, Mon-Fri).

Raw wood and some woods, such as cedar, knots, metals and rusted metal require appropriate primers. Caulk as needed with caulk that accepts acrylic coating. (Application) Do not apply on moist surfaces (moisture level 1/8” into substrate must be 12% or less) or in direct hot sun. Do not apply below 40°F (4°C) or above 85°F (27°C). Prepare surface and apply in accordance with the Repaint Manual of the Master Painters Institute (www.paintinfo.com). Do not alter product other than accepted colorants. Colorant must be less than 8% of total volume for product to perform most effectively. Do not add more than 16 oz. of water or other thinners to a five-gallon pail. If consistency is stiff, stir air-free or shake before application. Apply two coats with a medium to heavy roller or brush. Each coat should have a wet film thickness (WFT) of 8.5 mils (.0085”) thick. Allow to dry between coats (usually 4-6 hours, depending on humidity). Dry film thickness (DFT) should be approximately 10 mils (.010”) thick after completion of required two coats. If spraying, spray with .023 to .025 tip. Clean equipment with warm water and soap. Clean-up any overspray immediately. Industry standards suggest that professional assistance be obtained before committing to standard, common, unique and otherwise variant jobsite projects. Always test area to be coated prior to applying on full job.

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