Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 23rd 2014 Contents PREAMBLE
In the 70's most garages painted vehi-
cles in a specific Area, while carrying out
Body Repair work in a combined body &
mechanical work shop.
In this period also there were in the re-
gion of approx 1,200 garages in exis-
tence in T & T. Today the industry has
grown considerably with over 40 PRI-
MARY Bodyshops, with a further 2000
medium-average size bodyshops pri-
In the '70's, before internal Wax treat-
ments & Tin coated panels---rusted bod-
ies was a norm and required constant
touching up and restoration for purely
cosmetic reasons. Paint materials were
mainly CELLULOSE & ACRYLIC LAC-
QUERS -- later to be replaced by 2-pack
Painters wore several caps then such
as PANEL BEATERS, FILLER-MAN &
The year 1980 saw the introduction of
Mica Based Paints (PEARLESCENT FIN-
ISHES) giving birth to the COSMETIC
EFFECT Era and the resurgence of
CANDY DYES, Flip Flop Paints & Colour
The Increasing cost of New Cars have
impacted on used vehicle prices, more of
which are retained for reconditioning
purposes, resulting in the development
of a skilled customizing sect with a PAS-
SION & LOVE for their vehicles and their
newly acquired skills. Almost 100 or
more of these Skilled Artists exist today
contributing to the growing use and de-
mand of SPECIAL EFFECT PAINTS. We
propose to expand more on these sys-
tems later, but right now it`s time to
take one through the Basics.
BASIC 2-PACK PAINT
Nexa Autocolor 2K PAINT is a 2-Pack
Paint System. When fully cured exhibits
excellent chemical & Physical resistance
and capable of withstanding attack by
most environmental agents usually inju-
rious to paint films.
A thorough knowledge of the theory
and practical aspects of using Nexa Au-
tocolor products & the Refinish Process
is compulsory if one is to benefit from
the use of such products.
Success begins with a good founda-
tion (Body preparation work) which en-
tails up to eight to ten separate
processes prior to application of the Fin-
One such process is the selection &
proper usage of a Quality 2-pack Primer
such as PENTA EXTRA FILLER Primer
Surfacer -- Ref -761.
EXTRAFILLER is a Versatile MEDIUM
SOLID 2-Pack Primer/Primer Surfacer
that provides very good Filling, Dries
Fast and Sands Easily. EXTRAFILLER
can be used over the following SUB-
(1). Aluminum that has been de-
greased with Nexa A/color BODYK-
LEEN and sanded with 180-220 Grit
Abrasive Paper and Etch Primed with
Long Life Etch Primer.
(2). Steel that has been degreased
with BODYKLEEN and sanded with
(3). Fibre Glass that has been de-
greased with BODY KLEEN and sanded
with 180-220 Grit.
(4). Bodyfiller Final Sanded with 220
(5). Factory Primer Degreased with
BODYKLEEN and sanded with 180-
(6). Paint Work in Sound Condition De-
greased with BODYKLEEN /sanded
with 220 grit.
(7). Long Life Etch Primer after recom-
mended flash times (no sanding re-
FEATURES OF THIS
PRIMER ARE AS FOLLOWS:
(1). Good Film Build providing the ideal
support for the Topcoats that follow.
(2). Fast Drying that leads to time effi-
(3). Good Sanding properties, can be
sanded Wet /Dry by hand and ma-
(4). Excellent intercoat adhesion prop-
erties and to Substrates as given
(5). Spectral Grey in colour that aids
low opacity colours cover in 2-3 coats.
LONG LIFE ETCH PRIMER
LLEP is a 2 component Etch Primer
that provides Excellent adhesion to all
metals such as Aluminum , Zinc Coated
Steel & Steel (regular 2-pack Primers
would not adhere to Alum & Zinc coated
steel unless etched with Etch Primer).
Bodykleen is a waterbased cleaner
used to remove contaminants on the
surface of a vehicle such as oil, polish,
wax, silicons additives, amoral etc. Con-
taminants impair the proper drying/cur-
ing of Paints and sometimes show up
depending on the severity of the con-
taminant as Craters (Cissing) commonly
referred to as FISH EYES. Rectification
of this defect Delays the Job time and
result in cost overruns at the Bodyshop
NEW AUTO-REFINISH PRODUCTS
(1). Nexa Autocolor Aquabase Plus. A
water based Basecoat Paint Finish.
This Finish replaces Solvent-base
Basecoat Finishes in The UK & USA
for the repair of vehicles and will soon
be available to the local market to
compliment Nexa Autocolor 2K
(2). PPG Shopline Finishes. This is an
Economy Line and available in Solid
Single layer Finishes & Basecoat
(Metallic & Pearlescent ) Systems.
(3). PPG Deltron High Velocity
Clearcoats. These are two Fast Dry
(i) DC3000 a one hour Dry Clearcoat
for Panel & Spot repairs.
(ii) DC4000 a four hour Dry Clearcoat
for complete resprays.
(4). Nexa Autocolor Basecoat Blender.
An additive for use in blending colours
with a high Aluminum content & Xiral-
(5). Farecla Fast Track Compound-re-
moves Sanding Marks & Restores
gloss in one simple operation.
(6). Farecla Swirl Remover (for use on
Curtis Emmanuel --Auto Refinish Consultant
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