Product Series General Application Overview
See specific product label or Auto Air Colors Technical Bulletin for detailed usage information.
4000 Series Additives, Base Coats, Cleaners
Base Coat Sealer Dark and White - Use as initial layer of Auto Air Colors over prepared surface. Suitable for use as a replacement of urethane or epoxy sealer except over bare, untreated metal. May be applied direct to urethane, enamel, lacquer and other finishes after scuffing with 800 grit wet/dry paper or coarser grade of abrasive. Scuffing Base Coat prior to application of color is not required. Use of Base Coat Sealer may be omitted when using existing finish for a color-keyed base (example, 4500 Series Sparkle Colors over a black urethane finish) or when using a similar 4200 Series Semi-Opaque Colors such as 4220 Deep Black. Tinting 4001 Base Coat Sealer with top-coat color improves coverage of top-coat color. This is especially beneficial when working with red, yellow and orange colors and transparent colors such as the 4500 Series Sparklescent Mango and Tequila Yellow. Tinting Base Coat Sealer White with 4205 Semi-Opaque Flame Orange will create a pastel-like orange base color which the Sparklescent Mango will cover quicker with less material required for the Mango's finish.
Transparent Base - Use as base for mixing with 4600 Series Candy Colors and as mid-coat. Prior to clearing, use as a filling, mid-coat (intercoat) over other colors as fill coat over large pigments and flakes for more even paint film, especially prior to clearing 4500 Series and 4400 Series Colors.
Medium Reducer - Use to thin colors for improved flow, leveling and spray-ability with a slight acceleration in drying time. For airbrush usage, 4010 Flash Reducer aids with control and preventing over-spray when using smaller tip sizes at lower PSI settings for cleaner lines for detailed work.
Fast Reducer - Use to thin colors for improved flow, leveling and spray-ability with an acceleration in drying time. For airbrush usage, 4011 Flash Reducer aids with control and preventing over-spray when using smaller tip sizes at lower PSI settings for cleaner lines for detailed work.
Direct to Metal Primer - Use for untreated metal substrates. Direct To Metal Primer is a protective barrier preventing potential reactions or bleeding between underlying substrate/primer and top-coat colors. Direct To Metal Sealer has excellent adhesion and corrosion resistance for direct to all metal applications. Excellent coverage dries quickly and replaces the need for urethane or epoxy sealers.
Cleaner - Highly concentrated biodegradable cleaner used to clean airbrushes or spray guns.
Restorer - Removes Auto Air Colors or dissolves cured and uncured water-based paints. Makes for easy clean-up and complete removal of Auto Air Colors for cured finishes (prior to clear) and dried paint in spray guns and airbrushes.
4100 Series Aluminum Bases - Highly reflective aluminum silver base for 4600 Series Candy Colors
Transparent Colors - Use for blending and as a toner by mixing with other series colors.
Fluorescent Colors - Limited lightfast when exposed to sunlight, use with discretion.
Semi-Opaque Colors - Standard base coat colors.
* New Colors
4600 Series Candy Colors
Pearlized Colors - may be used alone for fantastic pearlescent finishes, or use as follows:
Mix with 4200 Series Transparent Graphic Colors for custom pearlescent blends. Use as a base coat for the 4600 Series Candy Colors. For custom pearlescent blends, or candied type effects apply 2-6 light coats of 4200 Series Transparent Colors over Series 4300 Pearlized Colors.
Metallic Colors - may be used alone for a metal-like appearance or use as follows:
Metallic Colors are best used over Auto Air Base Coat Sealer Dark or 4200 Series Deep Black Graphic Colors. Use as a base for 4200 Series Transparent Graphic Colors for custom metallic blends, or as base for the 4600 Series Candy Colors. For custom metallic blends, apply 2-6 light coats of 4200 Series Transparent Colors over Metallic Colors. Metallic Colorsâ€™ pigments are heavy and may require vigorous shaking, bottles may be left upside down for a few minutes before shaking to release mixing ball located inside each bottle.
Iridescent Colors - may be used alone for a subtle iridescent effect with some color shift as light is reflected or use as follows:
Use as a base for 4200 Series Transparent Graphic Colors for custom blends. Uses a base for the 4600 Series Candy Colors. For custom iridescent blends, apply 2-6 light coats of 4200 Series Transparent Colors over Iridescent Colors.
Gem Chameleon - Holographic, color-shifting pearl flakes in a transparent base. Use over black or other color base for color-keying effects. Best if 4004 Transparent Base applied as mid-coat over Gem's large pigment size for a more-even paint film prior to clearing.
Flair Chameleon - Multiple color shifting colors.
Hi Lite Interference - Subtle color changing pearl in a transparent base. Use over black or other colors for color-keying effects. Travels from respective color to transparent. Great for ghostlike effects.
Hi Lite Interference
Hot Rod Sparkle - Large pearl flakes in a transparent base. Use over black or other colors for color-keying effects. Mix direct with 4200 Series Transparent Colors for candied-pearl bases. Mix direct with 4600 Series Candy Colors for pearlescent candy colors (replaces by volume the 4004 Transparent Base needed in candy mix ratio). Best if 4004 Transparent Base applied as mid-coat over Hot Rod Sparkle's large pigment size for a more-even paint film prior to clearing.
Cosmic Sparkle - Small pearl flakes in a transparent base. Similar to Hot Rod Sparkle.
Sparklescent - Unique blends of multiple effects colors that create a single stage "candied" custom finish color. Apply over white base or color key with a 4300 Series Metallic Colors base. For extra effects, use Sparklescent Colors as base for 4400 Series Gem Chameleon Colors and 4500 Series Hot Rod Sparkle and Cosmic Sparkle Colors.
Hot Rod Sparkle
Concentrated dye-based translucent color for true candy effects. Reduce 1:1 with 4004 Transparent Base for large panels. Candy Colors blemish easily. Avoid direct contact, even after curing. Use urethane mid-coat prior to taping or masking. After curing, colors dry to a matte finish. Candy effects not visible until clear applied. Due to Candy Colors limited lightfastness use clears that feature maximum UV protection for best results.
Auto Air has taken the guess work out of painting your car or truck. Designed exclusively for Eastwood, these kits include the right amount of base color(s) and reducer. All you need add is the clear! We recommend using Eastwood's Urethane Clear Coat 50250ZP
Hot Rod Sparkle