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APPLYING DRAGONSKIN

By November 25, 2016Dragonskin, Tips & Tricks
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DRAGONSKIN won’t permanently attach to surfaces like standard paint products and will always peel off without leaving sticky or unsightly residue so you can change your look as many times as you like.

By following these steps you’ll get a great finish from your removable DRAGONSKIN paint, every time.

Surface Prep – Make sure all dirt and grime is removed.

Perform an initial clean with warm soapy water (if in a sensitive area use a well wrung out cloth).
For stubborn marks use a household spray surface cleaner.
Wipe with a clean lint-free warm damp cloth until residue free.
To finish, wipe down with a lint-free cloth dampened with Wax and Grease remover – available from a hardware store. (This last step isn’t essential but is recommended to make sure the surface is 100% properly cleaned.)

If the item you want to paint is brand new, a wipe down with a warm damp lint-free cloth should be fine.

Shaking the can – The directions on our product state that the can should be shaken for one to two minutes, however it’s imperative that the paint is thoroughly mixed to ensure an even spread of the mist. Here’s what to look out for:

The sound of the ball rattling when shaking should be a true rattle sound, not a shallower swirling or slow rolling sound.

This is key, shaking up and down is best, using both hands. If in doubt, shake more.

Listen to the sound of the can at the beginning vs after a few minutes, it should be a higher pitch rattle the more the paint has been shaken and the ball should move more easily.
Little dents should appear across the bottom of the can.

Continue to shake now and then as you spray, especially towards the end of the can to ensure the last bits of paint continue to come out in a fine mist and not small droplets.

Masking 

The straighter the edge, the better. To achieve a professional finish, you’ll need to score the edge before peeling so the unwanted section comes off in a clean line. Use a very sharp, thin new blade (scalpel or razor) to make your score line, taking care not to damage the underlying surface.

Colour Choice

A dark surface can be turned into a white one, however just like most paints it would be a slow process involving lots of coats. To minimise this, we suggest priming the surface first with a solid coat of DragonSkin metallic silver, which acts like any grey undercoat. Spraying a light shade of DragonSkin colour over the silver will require a lot less coats than spraying the light colour directly onto the original dark surface, although you may still require up to around 7 coats.

Spraying Technique

DragonSkin sprays a finer mist than normal spray paint. This is due to the unique bonding formulation that allows it to grip to the previous layer and A dark surface can be turned into a white one, however just like most paints it would be a slow process involving lots of coats. To minimise this, we suggest priming the surface first with a solid coat of DragonSkin metallic silver, which acts like any grey undercoat. Spraying a light shade of DragonSkin colour over the silver will require a lot less coats than spraying the light colour directly onto the original dark surface, although you may still require up to around 7 coats.

Use long, even strokes that pass over one edge of the product before releasing the trigger, then pressing it again as you go back, this ensures uniform coverage.

Alternate between horizontal and vertical strokes.

Avoid strokes that move too slowly, otherwise the paint may pool in sections causing it to run. Quicker strokes result in thinner coats and a smoother end surface. 

Number of Coats

To get the most out of your DRAGONSKIN’s unique easy peeling properties, you’ll need to have 4-7 complete coats. This means once the item is fully painted in a uniform colour, you’ll need to go over it again at least another 3 times.  DRAGONSKIN will still protect and colour with fewer coats, but it will be much harder to peel off in larger sheets and won’t protect as well.

COVERAGE: one spray can will cover 0.5-1.0sqm with the recommended number of coats depending on painting conditions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]