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HOW TO APPLY RAPTOR LINER

RAPTOR FAQ

  • APPLICATION

  • I have accidentally got your product onto a substrate that I didn’t want it on... what do I do?

    Automotive products are generally easier to remove when they are fresh and haven’t fully cured. For paint products the best way to remove is with 2K thinners but there are some things to consider. If you are trying to remove paint overspray from fresh paint or TPA / 1K coatings and some plastics, this method will not work due to solvent attack. We strongly recommend if using this method you try a small amount in an inconspicuous area to ensure there is no damage caused to the coating beneath by using this option. If the coating does mark or soften, a milder solvent like a degreaser may be tried, with the same method. Another option would be to use a coarse compound polish and cloth or mechanical polisher to remove .You will need to be conscious of not burning through the coating you are trying to remove the contamination from.

  • How do I clean overspray after a RAPTOR application?

    For cleaning overspray, the quicker you remove it the easier it will be. 2k thinners will remove light overspray.  Do not uses thinners to remove RAPTOR from TPA/ 1K coatings as it will soften the coating. A coarse compound and mechanical polisher would also remove light overspray from OEM paint work but care must be taken not to burn through the coating underneath. For RAPTOR overspray over RAPTOR, this will be more difficult to remove. For best result, abrade the area and re-coat. Overspray on glass can be removed with a glass blade or Stanley blade when wearing the correct PPE.

  • Will the dark colour of the RAPTOR Anti-Corrosive Epoxy Primer show through a light coloured application of RAPTOR?

    As long as the light coloured application of RAPTOR is sprayed to full opacity, then the dark tone of the epoxy primer will not be an issue. You may see a slight off colour after the first coat of RAPTOR, but this will disappear after the second coat is applied. This is true even with White RAPTOR.

  • Do I need a compressor that filters water out?

    ​The air sucked through a compressor can be quite damp and if you are painting in a humid area this can have a negative effect on the performance of the paint. Most compressors that can reach a suitable pressure will have an internal filter that takes out water from the inlet air. If humidity is high then this is critical, whilst if it is low then it is less important.  As best practice and to avoid the risk we always recommend use of a compressor with a water filter.

  • What size air compressor do I need to spray RAPTOR?

    A 6 HP compressor that generates 10 bar line pressure should provide sufficient air supply, but is dependent on the application equipment / gun (Schutz type or gravity feed HVLP) used to apply the RAPTOR.

  • Can RAPTOR be used on the undercarriage and engine compartment of my vehicle?

    Yes, RAPTOR can be used for both.

  • Can RAPTOR be dry baked?

    Yes, RAPTOR can be baked for 30 minutes at 60°C. Baking will speed up the initial drying but not the through cure. It is still recommended waiting 7 days for heavy duty use and 72 hours before exposure to water.

  • In what temperature range should RAPTOR be applied within?

    It is not recommended for application below 5C. When RAPTOR is applied at the lower temperatures, the dry and cure time is significantly extended.

  • What area will RAPTOR cover? Coverage.

    One RAPTOR 4L Kit will cover approximately 12 sq metres at recommended film build (3 sq metres / litre).

  • How thick should RAPTOR be per coat?

    The average thickness for RAPTOR is 200-250 µmper coat. Applying 2 medium coats of RAPTOR is recommended. Measurements are approximate and are dependent on the application method.

  • How long do I need to wait before RAPTOR is exposed to rain or water?

    Do not allow RAPTOR to come in contact with water for at least 72 hours. If RAPTOR does come in contact with water within the first 72 hours, to fix: Make sure the surface is fully dry Abrade the surface using UP0410 or similar Clean with Degreaser Mask areas that does not require application Blow with compressed air Tack cloth area  Re-apply

  • Can I remove RAPTOR once it is fully cured?

    RAPTOR is a coating made to last, so it is difficult to remove once cured. Once RAPTOR is cured, remove by sanding it off with P80 grit sandpaper either down to the original substrate or to bare metal. Then, respray the surface with another coating, like OEM paint colours.

  • What if I need to touch up or repair my application?

    Cured RAPTOR can easily be touched up. Just clean the surface, sand and featheredge a few inches into the surrounding area, re-clean, and mix and apply as usual. No need to prime again unless you sand down to bare metal. Remember, if it's been more than 5 hours since the last coat of RAPTOR has been applied, allow RAPTOR to cure for 24 hours, then lightly abrade and apply additional coat(s).

  • How long do I need to wait to recoat RAPTOR after applied?

    RAPTOR can generally be re-coated after 24 hours. Scuff it with a red scuff pad, clean with wax and grease remover, apply the next coat of RAPTOR.

  • How many coats of RAPTOR can be applied?

    The recommended RAPTOR application is 2-3 coats with a 60 minute flash time between coats. If further build is needed, it is recommended to carry this out in several applications. For instance, apply the first 2-3 coats, bake or allow 24-hours to dry and then apply another 2-3 coats, etc. The key is to allow as much solvent to evaporate from each layer before adding subsequent layers. If the process is carried out too fast, RAPTOR may remain soft and take longer to fully cure.

  • How do you use automotive paint tape with RAPTOR?

    Wait between 60-90 minutes after applying your final coat of RAPTOR before removing the tape.

  • What PSI should I set my UP0726 RAPTOR Application Gun to?

    Typically, 3-4 bar is recommended. Higher or lower bar can also be used, but it’s recommended you spray a test panel first to make sure the texture is what you’re looking for.

  • What size gun tip should I use to spray RAPTOR?

    Depending on the texture desired, once reduced, RAPTOR can generally be applied with a nozzle set from about a 1.4 up to a 2.0. Once it is thinned to a maximum of 20% it is possible to spray it through a smaller nozzle set (1.2 - 1.3) however, the film build will be pretty thin and it may not have the same chip resistance that it does when applied with a larger nozzle set. In reality, it all depends on the look, finish and texture that you want to achieve.

  • What type of roller should be used to apply RAPTOR?

    Use a coarse textured foam roller (such as one used for heavy textured coatings) for the best finish, but other types of rollers can be used depending on the final texture desired.

  • Gun vs. Roller

    Applying RAPTOR with a roller will produce very good textures. Care must be taken when applying with a roller because softness will occur if RAPTOR is applied too thickly. Make sure that a medium coat is applied with the roller so that the RAPTOR can cure and harden so scratch resistance will still be maintained.

  • PREPARATION

  • Can RAPTOR be used on a boat? Is it completely water tight?

    RAPTOR is a water tight coating once fully cured and can be used for many marine applications. Let RAPTOR cure completely for approximately 72 hours before immersing in water. RAPTOR will also hide a multitude of problems, like crazing, pitting and scratches. Sand the crazed gel coat with P100-P120 grit sandpaper before applying RAPTOR. First, repair the damaged gel coat with FIBRAL (FIB/2) or SMC bonding filler (SMCB/AL - black or SMCW/AL - white) to seal the surface.
    APPLICATION FA

  • Can RAPTOR be applied over rubber?

    U-POL has not tested RAPTOR on rubber; however many flexible vehicle parts are actually plastics, like TPO, EDPM or PP.

  • How do you prepare ferrous chloride for a RAPTOR application?

    Ferrous chloride is a salt and will readily absorb moisture. Most coatings over salts may suffer from early blistering and/or corrosion of the substrate. It is not recommended that RAPTOR be used in this situation. Strip away the ferrous chloride either chemically or mechanically, and then degrease the substrate. Clean the surface before applying RAPTOR.

  • How do you prepare powder coat for a RAPTOR application?

    Clean the surface with wax and grease remover and lightly sand with P180 grit sandpaper before applying RAPTOR.

  • How do you prepare a 2 part Epoxy Primer for a RAPTOR application?

    Follow the epoxy primer manufacturer’s recommendations for top coating. Generally, after primer is dry / cured, sand surface with P280-P360 grit sandpaper, or whatever grit recommended by the manufacturer for top coat application, blow off, and re-clean if necessary before applying RAPTOR.

  • How do you prepare OEM E-Coat for a RAPTOR application?

    Clean the surface with wax and grease remover and scuff the surface with red / maroon scuff pad. Re-clean the surface before applying RAPTOR.

  • Can RAPTOR be applied on top of a basecoat?

    Yes, it can be applied to both solvent and water borne basecoat. Follow basecoat manufacturer’s drying times prior to over coating.

  • How do you prepare fibreglass for a RAPTOR application?

    Scuff the surface with P100-P120 grit sand paper and degreased before applying RAPTOR. An adhesion promoter, like RAPTOR Adhesion Promoter can be used in hard to reach areas and for optimum adhesion.

  • How do you prepare concrete for a RAPTOR application?

    As long as the concrete is clean, dry, and free of oil, you can apply RAPTOR directly to concrete. If concrete is sealed, a rotary floor sander can be used to abrade surface. Any petroleum based surface contaminates should first be cleaned with a suitable cleaning solution to neutralise the contamination.

  • How do you prepare plywood for a RAPTOR application?

    Blow off the surface to remove dust. Light sanding is “OK” but generally RAPTOR can be directly applied to wood and plywood substrates.

  • How do you prepare wood for a RAPTOR application?

    If the wood has been pre-treated or painted, clean the wood of any contaminants. If cleaned with water, allow to dry first. Lightly sand any painted areas. Once dry, apply RAPTOR.

  • How do you prepare plastic for a RAPTOR application?

    RAPTOR can be used on most plastic without much preparation. Abrade the plastic with P180-P240 grit sand paper or red scotch and then apply an adhesion promoter, like GRIP#4 (GRIP/AL). Wait about 20 minutes before applying RAPTOR.

  • Can you apply RAPTOR to wheel rims?

    Yes, RAPTOR can be applied to both steel and alloy wheels. The preparation is as follows: sand with P80-P180 grit, use ACID#8 Acid Etch Primer (ACID/AL) or epoxy primer over exposed bare metal, and apply.

  • How does thinning RAPTOR affect its durability?

    The durability of RAPTOR is strongly linked to its high film build. By adding reducer the film build will decrease and therefore some of its durability characteristics will decrease, although only slightly.

  • How do you prepare aluminium for a RAPTOR application?

    Clean the aluminium with a wax and grease remover and sand with P180 grit sandpaper. Apply one to two coats of ACID#8 Acid Etch Primer (ACID/AL) and use GRIP#4 Universal Adhesion Promoter (GRIP/AL) for hard to reach areas. Allow to dry 20 minutes before applying RAPTOR.

  • How do you prepare chrome for a RAPTOR application?

    Reasonably good results can be obtained if one of the following is used, but note that chrome is not an "approved" substrate: For radiator grills: Sand the surface as well as possible, apply two coats of GRIP#4 (GRIP/AL), allow to dry then apply RAPTOR. For more demanding substrates, such as bumpers: Sand the surface as well as possible, apply epoxy primer (following primers guidelines), then apply RAPTOR.

  • How do you prepare bare metal for a RAPTOR application?

    Abrade surface with P80-P180 grit sandpaper and apply 1-2 coats of ACID#8 Acid Etch Primer (ACID/AL). Allow to dry for 15-20 minutes before applying RAPTOR. If ACID#8 is not available, any 2K DTM or Epoxy Primer can be used to prime bare metal (follow top coat directions for primer).

  • MIXING RATIO

  • Can RAPTOR be reduced?

    Yes, RAPTOR can be thinned up to 20%. When thinning RAPTOR, use a urethane based thinner.

  • What is the mix ratio by volume and by weight?

    A. Volume - 3 parts RAPTOR – 1 part hardener – 10% colour. B. 100g RAPTOR - 30g hardener and - up to 10g tint. Refer to online technical datasheet for additional quantities.

  • RAPTOR TEXTURE

  • How do I add more gloss to my RAPTOR application? Can a 2K clearcoat be sprayed over RAPTOR to increase the gloss level?

    RAPTOR can be topcoated, but generally, it's not needed. RAPTOR dries to a semi-gloss/eggshell finish, which most people find to be plenty of gloss. Clearcoats do not have the same level of durability as RAPTOR and are more likely to chip under heavy duty use. Lightly abrade fully cured RAPTOR with a grey scuff pad. U-POL 2K clearcoats use the same resin system as RAPTOR so U-POL clearcoats will give the best results.

  • How do you paint over RAPTOR?

    Raptor can be overpainted with Raptor and most modern paint systems. When overpainting prepare the surface as follows; Raptor should be allowed to dry for 24-hours. Abrade with a fine abrasive pad to create a matte surface. Clean and degrease. The surface is ready to paint.

  • How do I get a smoother, less textured finish?

    There are two ways to get a smoother finish. 1). Turn up the pressure on the gun. 2). Add thinner as per the technical datasheet instructions. For instance, you could use an HVLP gravity fed gun with a 1.6-2.0mm nozzle set up. Add 15% urethane reducer when mixing RAPTOR. Set your gun at 2 bar. At a distance of about 15cm, spray the first coat as an even wet coat. After flashing, reduce the pressure and material flow to achieve a fine mist for the second coat.

  • How can I get a textured grip finish?

    Mix RAPTOR Traction – Slip-Resistant Additive (RLTR/SM) into the final coat before applying for a textured grip finish. RAPTOR Traction will only work through a standard application gun.

  • Is RAPTOR skid resistant?

    On its own, RAPTOR is not skid resistant, or non-slip. For a non-skid surface on walkways, mix RAPTOR Anti-Slip-Additive (RLTR/SM) into to the final coat before applying.

  • What type of finish does RAPTOR have? Will it attract dirt?

    RAPTOR dries as a hard satin gloss finish. It won’t attract dirt and is easy to clean.

  • How do you create a dull or less-glossy look?

    Most paint manufacturers provide proprietary matting agents that are used in other 2K products, and these are suitable for use in RAPTOR. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Please note this may reduce RAPTOR’s flexibility.

  • WATCH RAPTOR LINER INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS BELOW

    How to prepare your ute tray for RAPTOR

    #1: Degrease to remove any contaminants, wax and grease
    #2: Abrade the entire truck bed with 120-180 grit or a nylon cup brush.
    #3: Using compressed air, remove any excess dust.
    #4: Degrease the substrate with a solvent-based System 20 degreaser.
    #5: For an anti-slip coating,  add one bag of RAPTOR Traction per bottle.
    #6: Directly apply RAPTOR.

    How to spray RAPTOR Protective Coating to your Ute Tray

    #1: Ensure you apply an even coat, avoiding excessive build in corners.
    #2: For the first coat, we set up the RAPTOR Gun at 3.5 – 4 BAR, at 20 inches from the substrate.
    #3: To ensure an even application, increase the pressure to 4.5 – 5 BAR, at 25 inches for the 2nd coat.
    #4: Once dry, the vehicle may be carefully unmasked.

    How to apply RAPTOR to OEM painted plastic parts

    #1: Thoroughly wash with soap and water. Degrease the substrate with System 20 solvent or water borne degreaser. This removes any surface contaminants like grease, dirt and industrial fallout.
    #2: Abrade the substrate with 180-320 grit.
    #3: Any hard to reach areas should be abraded by hand with a red medium scuff pad.
    #4: Once abraded, blow off with compressed air and thoroughly degrease with water based degreaser.
    #5: Wipe the substrate with a tack rag.
    #6: You are now ready to shoot RAPTOR.

    How to apply RAPTOR to OEM painted plastic parts

    #1: Thoroughly wash with soap and water. Degrease the substrate with System 20 solvent or water borne degreaser. This removes any surface contaminants like grease, dirt and industrial fallout.
    #2: Abrade the substrate with 180-320 grit.
    #3: Any hard to reach areas should be abraded by hand with a red medium scuff pad.
    #4: Once abraded, blow off with compressed air and thoroughly degrease with water based degreaser.
    #5: Wipe the substrate with a tack rag.
    #6: You are now ready to shoot RAPTOR.

    How to mix BLACK RAPTOR Liner

    #1: Shake the Raptor black bottle thoroughly.
    #2: For the 1 Bottle Kit, pour the full contents of the hardener into the RAPTOR bottle.
    #3: For the 4 Bottle Kit, use the mixing cup provided.
    #4: Replace lid and shake for 2 mins.
    #5: Screw the application gun onto the RAPTOR bottle.

    How to mix TINTED RAPTOR Liner

    #1: Shake the Raptor bottle thoroughly.
    #2: For the 1 US Quart Kit, pour the full contents of the hardener into the RAPTOR bottle. For the 1 US Gallon Kit, pour RAPTOR Tintable into a mixing cup.
    #3: Pour the hardener up to the measuring line in the mixing cup (8 fl. oz. of hardener for 24 fl. oz. of RAPTOR).
    #4: Then pour the hardener in the RAPTOR bottle.
    #5: Replace the lid and shake again to remove any excess of RAPTOR left in the bottle
    #6: Activate your 2K paint with its own hardener.
    #7: Using a measuring cup, add a maximum of 10% of your activated solid color by volume.
    #8: Add your pre-activated tint to the RAPTOR.
    #9: Mix all together for 2 mins.
    #10: Once thoroughly mixed, pour back into the bottle.
    #11: Shake again.

    How to prepare Aluminium, Bare Metal and Galvanized Steel

    #1: Thoroughly degrease the substrate with a solvent-based degreaser: U-POL WIPE#6 or System 20.
    This removes any surface contaminants like grease, dirt and industrial fallout.
    #2: Abrade aluminium, bare steel or galvanised with 180 grit.
    #3: Once abraded, degrease again.
    #4: Wipe the substrate with a tack rag. You are now ready to apply RAPTOR 2K Epoxy Primer.
    #5: Read the instructions leaflet contained on the lid of the aerosol.
    #6: After 24 hours, abrade with 400 grit before top coated.

    STEP BY STEP GUIDE

    APPLYING UPOL RAPTOR BEDLINER STEP BY STEP GUIDE

    Step1- Preparation

    Like any paint / coating Raptor needs a surface KEY.  A KEY is a dull/ sanded/ scotchbrite “prepared” surface that allows the paint to stick. Paint won’t stick to shiny surfaces! So, ensure you scuff the surface up and provide a good key. Make sure you key everywhere you are applying the paint, even the hard to get to bits, as doing the job correctly once saves you time and money. Use 180 to 240 grit sand paper or a Maroon/ Red Scothbrite pad.

    Once you have prepared the surface remove all dust using tack cloths. These are cloths that are tacky and will attract dirt and dust away from the prepared surface and help Raptor stick even better.

    Step2- Masking

    Now that you have the areas you want to paint prepared, you need to sort the areas you DONT WANT TO PAINT. Use masking tape all around any edges and fittings, then fill in the areas between with masking paper and plastic. You may want to use back masking in some areas. Back masking is where you apply a wide piece of masking tape to an edge, and let it overhang. you then bring your dust sheet down the panel you just masked, and allow the sheet to contact the masking tape overhang. cut of any excess with a blade, and then run a second line of masking tape over the edge to hold the sheet securely. back masking works very well on edges like wheel arches and sills.

    Step3- Spraying Upol Raptor Bedliner

    You can use almost any spray gun to apply Raptor Liner, but the most common gun is a schutz gun. UPOL provide a few different guns. a standard textured gun, and the Upol Raptor Vari – Gun which gives you full control over the texture. Smooth, Heavy Texture, or anything in between! Attach the gun to the bottle once you have mixed in your hardner (and colour if required), and then attach the airline. Lower air pressure of 30>50 PSI in a schutz gun will lend themselves to giving you a heavier texture.  The manufacturer recommends 50PSI as a general rule.

    When you are ready to start spraying start “off panel” and then move the gun horizontally at a steady rate along the panel, do not let go of the trigger until the paint passes the end of the panel. Now repeat this process overlapping the paint around 25% on each pass until you reach the bottom of the panel. Apply the first coat Lightly, and allow it go touch dry, and then apply your second final coat heavier. Move the spray gun slower to achieve a heavier coat.

    PPE and Safety

    When using any paints we always recommend you use a good quality mask, goggles and gloves, and any additional protective gear. Use a respirator especially when spraying 2K products, and be aware of local laws on spraying, and be aware of your surroundings.

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