Where can I buy Zolatone?
Most automotive paint supply stores, as well as Jobber stores, and you may also call Zolatone AIM customer service at 1.800.966.7580.
Does Zolatone need to have a clearcoat?
Zolatone 20 Series does not need to be clear coated. If preferred, Zolatone AIM does offer premium automotive clears. See catalog for clear coat options. A highly suggested option is our Quick Step Catalyst for 20 Series. It will give Zolatone 20 Series a more durable finish and added water/chemical resistance.
Does Zolatone need a primer?
Yes, it is highly recommended to use a primer base. Zolatone AIM offers a complete line of primers. See catalog for primer choices.
What is the coverage per quart/gallon for Zolatone primers?
Each primer has different square foot coverages based upon the volume solids of each product. Typically, quart coverage is approximately 100 square ft. at 1 mil thickness; gallon coverage is approximately 400 square ft. at 1 mil thickness. Technical Data Sheets for each primer can be found at www.zolatoneaim.com.
What is the coverage per quart/gallon for Zolatone 20 Series?
Quart coverage is approximately 25-38 square ft. Gallon coverage is approximately 100-150 square ft. (Depending on the substrate, primer, particle size, color and application method.)
Is there a warranty?
No, Zolatone cannot reasonably anticipate or control the many and varying conditions under, or methods by, which our product may be used. Be sure to understand application procedures before starting. Instructions can be found within this catalog or at www.zolatoneaim.com.
If not baked, how long will it take for the Zolatone 20 series to dry?
Dry to touch - 2 hours air dry at 70°F and 50% humidity. Dry to light use - overnight. Full cure achieved in 5-7 days. Force dry - force dried at 140°F in 30-60 minutes. Allow 30 minutes flash time if using forced air or baking. Zolatone 20 series can be clear coated (optional) after cooling.
The Zolatone 20 Series is not drying for a long period of time. Why?
If too much material is sprayed and/or the humidity is very high, the material will take a long time to dry. The product will eventually air dry. Refer to the application guide for further information.
Can Zolatone 20 Series be used underwater?
No, not even with clear topcoat. Zolatone 20 Series was never designed for applications that require continuous contact with water.
What are your gun recommendations?
Pressure feed HVLP or conventional spray equipment. Fluid tip/needle must be a minimum of .080/.090 inch or 2.0/2.4 mm. Any smaller size will break up the fleck size and the color will not match your expectations. DO NOT USE AN AIRLESS SPRAYER. See catalog for more information or visit www.zolatoneaim.com.
Which is better: epoxy or self etch primer under the 20 Series?
Epoxy is better due to the high level of crosslinking. If you are using a self etch primer it is recommended to put an epoxy or other Zolatone primer on before Zolatone 20 Series.
Which is better: phosphoric acid or 180 grit sanding?
Phosphoric acid provides chemical adhesion, 180 grit sanding provides mechanical adhesion. Combining the two techniques together is always best, but when one choice is available, choose 180 grit sanding. Be sure to follow up with proper cleaning of the substrate to remove surface contaminants.
What is the best method to remove Zolatone 20 Series?
Media blasting is the fastest way to remove Zolatone 20 series product. Choose the proper media for the substrate you are blasting. 80 grit sandpaper on a DA sander works well too.
Can Zolatone be used on boats?
Zolatone is a good choice on boats above the water line. Using Zolatone epoxy primer in conjunction with Quick Step Catalyst or using a clearcoat is a good option.