1Shot FAQ

 

 REDUCING & THINNING

QUESTION -

What should I use for reducing 1SHOT Lettering Enamels?

ANSWER -

To enhance flow characteristics, you can reduce with 1SHOT Reducers, available in low (6001) and high temp (6002) versions. Never use Mineral Spirits or synthetic enamel reducers.

 

 FISH EYES

QUESTION -

Why am I getting "Fish Eyes" or "Crawling" when using 1SHOT Paints?

ANSWER -

If a surface is not thoroughly cleaned, it may still contain waxes, oils or silicons. Clean with a good surface prep and degreaser.

 

 GLOSS REDUCTION

QUESTION -

Can I reduce or eliminate the gloss of my 1SHOT Lettering Enamels?

ANSWER -

Yes. Our 1SHOT / Chromatic #4329500 Flattening Paste can be used in varying ratios to reduce gloss, or even create a nearly dead flat finish.

 

 CLEARING OVER 1 SHOT

QUESTION -

Can I clear coat over 1SHOT Lettering Enamels?

ANSWER -

Yes. It's important that your paint is completely dry prior to overcoating. We recommend that you use our 1SHOT #4007 Hardener, and wait at least 24 hours prior to clearing. Adding up to 20% Hardener, with no other reducers, will allow for overcoating with automotive type urethane clears after 24 hours. Always apply the first two coats of clear very light and dry when clear coating.

 

 PAINTING THROUGH A MASK

QUESTION -

What should I know about painting 1SHOT Lettering Enamels through a mask?

ANSWER -

When applying paint through a computer-generated or hand cut mask, always remove the masking material once the paint "tacks" (usually about 15-20 minutes), but before it dries.

 

 MIXING 1 SHOT and OTHER PAINTS

QUESTION -

Can I use 1SHOT in conjunction with latex or acrylic latex paints?

ANSWER -

The concern is that oil-alkyd enamels, such as 1SHOT Lettering Enamels, are not fully compatible with latex or acrylic latex paints; so in addition to the potential for adhesion issues, these paint products will expand and contract at different rates when faced with UV exposure, temperature changes and humidity. This dissimilar rate can result in checking, cracking and premature failure.

 

 MSDS

QUESTION -

How do I obtain MSDS information regarding 1SHOT and Chromatic Products?

ANSWER -

Request product info direct from 1SHOT america >

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 LETTERING ENAMELS vs. BULLETIN COLOURS

QUESTION -

What is the difference between 1SHOT Lettering Enamels and Chromatic Bulletin Colours?

ANSWER -

Lettering Enamels are engineered for and provide outstanding exterior durability when properly applied. Chromatic Bulletin Colours are intended for use on shorter-term exterior work, such as bulletins (more often called billboards today) as well as interior mural work.

 

 SLOW DRYING PAINT on BANNERS or AWNINGS

QUESTION -

Why won't my 1SHOT Lettering Enamels dry on a banner?

ANSWER -

To letter on a banner (or any vinyl-based, flexible surface such as awnings, tonnau covers, leather garments), the banner must have an "Enamel Receptive Coating" on it. If you don't have a "ERC" banner, you can coat the banner first with our Ti-Cote product to make it enamel receptive.

 

 PREPARING and PAINT MDO

QUESTION -

What procedure should I follow to prepare MDO for 1SHOT or Chromatic Enamels?

ANSWER -

Clean the surface thoroughly, then scuff lightly with an abrasive pad. On unprimed MDO, prime with WP1008 Primer. On pre-primed MDO, after using a tack rag to remove any residual sanding dust, roller on your Lettering or Background Enamel. Apply in two or three light coats, as opposed to one heavy coat. If you get little bubbles in the surface, (usually from using a foam roller) immediately re-roller, but slightly "lift" on the roller frame, taking virtually all the pressure off the roller.

 

 WRINKLING or LIFTING PAINT

QUESTION -

How do I avoid wrinking in my Lettering or Background Enamels?

ANSWER -

Never apply 1SHOT Background or Lettering Enamels too thick or try to recoat a painted surface until the first coat of paint is dry. Always follow the suggested recoating times for best results.

 

 MIXING CUSTOM COLOURS

QUESTION -

What if I need a colour not offered by 1SHOT?

ANSWER -

1SHOT Lettering Enamels are infinitely mixable with the exception of 199L Black. By combining from our 44 colour selection, and/or our special Tinting White, Tinting Black, and 1SHOT 4003 Clear, you can create ANY colour, in various configurations ranging from opaque to glistening, transparent candy colours.

 

 STORING 1 SHOT in PLASTIC BOTTLES

QUESTION -

Is it acceptable to store my 1SHOT Lettering Enamels in squeeze bottles?

ANSWER -

While it's acceptable, there are a couple of important points to remember. Normal "plastic" (PVF, PVC, etc.) squeeze bottles, as found at beauty supply centres and even through some sign supply sources, can allow for plasticizer migration, from the bottle to the paint; resulting in slower drying times, lower gloss levels and ultimately, reduced exterior durability.
Make sure the bottles you store your 1SHOT 
in are made of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate ); and it's advisable, when practical, to store those bottles upside-down, to help prevent skinning over of your paint. When storing 1SHOT Metallics or Pearlescents in PET bottles, drop a ball bearing into the bottle, to aid in thorough mixing when shaking your bottles.

 

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