Spazstix FAQ

Here you will find answers to many of the questions we've been asked over the years. Hopefully this will help with any questions you may have. If you still have questions after reading through the FAQ please email us directly via the Contact Us regarding your questions... and we'll do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

Backing the change color paint.
Backing the airbrush mirror chrome
Backing the aerosol mirror chrome paint
Liquid mask with pre-prep
Mirror Chrome for exterior applications
What type of paint is Spaz Stix paint?
Thinning Spaz Stix paint
Respirator
Clear coat over chrome
Does your change color paint work on wood?
Detailed instructions for using Spaz Stix paints
Aerosol Change Color paint instructions
Gloss Black Aerosol Instructions
Gloss Black Airbrush Instructions
Mirror Chrome Aerosol Instructions
Mirror Chrome Airbrush Instructions
Pre-Prep Aerosol Instructions
Pre-Prep Airbrush Directions

 

Question: Can I use different colors to back the Change color paints?
Answer: Yes you can, however, the darker the color you put behind the change color paints, the better effects you will receive. If you use a lighter color, you will need to apply more change color paint before backing the paint. 

Question: What do I use to back the chrome airbrush paint?
Answer: Always use Spaz-Stix Ultimate Black Backer for Mirror Chrome, or a waterbased paint such as Createx to back the Mirror Chrome paint. Always test the chrome and waterbased backer on a scrap piece to verify the results you will receive before painting your final project.

Question: What do I use to back the Mirror Chrome Aerosol paint?
Answer: Apply the Chrome is light, even coats. The paint will be very see-through until backed. Back with Spaz-Stix Ultimate Black Backer for Mirror Chrome. Always test the chrome and backer on a scrap piece to verify the results you will receive before painting your final project.

Question: How do I use the Pre-Prep when using liquid masking?
Answer: Every time you lift a bit of liquid mask from your shell, spray a little bit of pre-prep before applying your color. The liquid mask might leave a thin oily residue which can harm your finish. You can spray Pre-Prep over Spaz Stix and most other paints with no problems. 

Question: How good does the mirror chrome look on an 'exterior' applications (Any mirror effect)?
Answer: You can achieve good results on exterior applications, but you will see the best results with interior applications. Exterior finishes are generally closer to a "polished aluminum" look rather than reflective chrome.

Spaz Stix Mirror Chrome Application Guide for Exterior Mirror Chrome results:

 

Apply the Mirror Chrome with a standard HVLP spray gun or airbrush. The Mirror Chrome paint is easy to use. Apply the Mirror Chrome paint with a heavy air flow and a light amount of Mirror Chrome Paint coming out of the air gun. You want to "mist" it onto your surface until you have an even coat. One of the best ways to tell if you are misting it on properly is that you will see the Mirror Chrome paint hit the surface and then instantly flash a 1/4 to 1/2 second later. This will give you the best Mirror Chrome results.

 

In order to achieve the Mirror Chrome results that you will be in awe over; your surface preparation is a very critical step. You will want your surface to be as smooth glass as possible. This will allow the Mirror Chrome paint to lie down properly and be as reflective as possible for your end results.

 

 

How to Apply Mirror Chrome paint:

(Be sure to read through all instructions before painting).

 

1) Make sure your surface is as smooth as a sheet of glass. This is a very critical step to achieving the Mirror Chrome results you are looking for.

2) Lay down a clear coat that is very low in solvents. Spaz Stix Urethane 4 parts to 1 part system will work great for this. (Most clear coats that will work will be a 4 part to 1 part system). In order for the finished product to achieve a true Mirror Chrome look, it is recommended that you wait 7 to 10 days to allow the clear coat to fully cure before wet sanding and buffing to a glass like sheen. Use a soft lint-free rag for buffing. When your surface has a glass like finish, move onto the next step.

3) Clean the surface with alcohol or an alcohol/water solution and dry it. Make sure that your surface is completely streak free. If it is not, it might affect your end results.

4) Start painting the Mirror Chrome using a light dusting effect. One of the best ways to tell if you are spraying it on properly is that you will see the Mirror Chrome paint hit the surface and almost instantly flash a ¼ second to ½ second later. You will be spraying around 15 to 20psi. Be sure to use a small amount of Mirror Chrome paint with a substantial amount of air. Apply the Mirror Chrome until you have achieved your desired effect.

5) You will want to wait at least 24 to 48 hours before moving onto the next step. This is to allow the tail solvents to fully evaporate.

6) Use a very soft lint-free cloth to remove all of the excess Mirror Chrome paint dust / overspray from the surface. Once you have completed this step, you will see a BIG improvement in the final appearance of your surface.

7) Apply the Spaz Stix Urethane over the polished Mirror Chrome surface. You can also add candy concentrate tints to your clear coat to achieve colored Mirror Chrome paint.

8) Let the Clear Coat cure and then sand and buff the surface as needed.


Question: What type of paint is Spaz Stix paint?
Answer: Most of our paints are made of High Quality Enamels. While the Mirror Chrome is not an enamel, it is only compatible with enamel backers.

Question: Do I need to thin Spaz Stix paints?
Answer: Spaz Stix paints come ready to spray straight form the bottle. If you feel that you need to thin any of the paints, only add in a drop or two of a high quality lacquer thinner and test spray it. This way, you will not accidentially overthin the paint.

Question: What type of clear coat do I use to clear over the mirror chrome paint for exterior applications?
Answer: We recommend using a non harsh waterbased clear coat. Be sure to test on a scrap piece before painting your final project so you cna practice your technique and know what results to expect.

Question: Can we use the change color paint on wood?
Answer: Yes you can. We recommend laying down a primer to ensure adhesion and a smooth coating before hand.

Question: Where can I find detailed instructions?
Answer: Here are the basic instructions on how to use our paints Here are the links for the instrucitons:

Master Reference Guide for Spaz Stix Paint Interior Applications.pdf

Master Reference Guide for Spaz Stix Paint Exterior Applications.pdf

Question: Where can I find detailed instructions on how to apply Spaz Stix Aerosol paints to the inside of an RC body?
Answer: Here is the link to the PDF file for detailed instructions on how to use the pre-prep, change color paint, and black backer in step by step instructions.
Click here for the Change Color Aerosol instructions

Question: Where can I find detailed instructions for the Black Aerosol?
Answer: Gloss Black / Backer Aerosol Directions Panel. 1) Use Surface Pre-Prep prior to painting to remove any dirt and oils such as fingerprints. 2) Let can warm to room temperature (70 degrees farenheight) 3) Under 50% humidity offers best results. 4) Cover surrounding items to protect from overspray. 5) Shake until the ball inside can breaks loose. Continue to shake for two minutes, swirling the container so the balls travel around the bottom groove of the can. 6) After each minute of spraying, REPEAT shaking procedures for ten seconds. 7) Spray 8" to 12" from surface. 8) Test spray for distance prior to painting. If too far away, coverage could be uneven. 9) Spray in thin, even coats instead of one heavy coat. 10) Apply coats until desired coverage is achieved. 11) Clean the valve after painting by holding can upside down and depressing tip for two seconds. 12) Never spray with the valve partly open. The valve must be pressed all the way down. 13) If using as a backer, skip surface Pre-Prep treatment.

Question: Where can I find detailed instructions for the black airbrush paint?
Answer: Gloss Black / Backer Airbrush Directions Panel. 1) Use Surface Pre-Prep prior to painting to remove any dirt and oils such as fingerprints. 2) Let bottle warm to room temperature (70 degrees farenheight) 3) Under 50% humidity offers best results. 4) Cover surrounding items to protect from overspray. 5) Shake until the ball inside bottle breaks loose. Continue to shake for two minutes. 6) After each minute of spraying, REPEAT shaking procedures for ten seconds. 7) Spray 4" to 6" from surface at 15-20 psi. 8) Test spray for distance prior to painting. If too far away, coverage could be uneven. 9) Spray in thin, even coats instead of one heavy coat. 10) Apply coats until desired coverage is achieved. 11) If using as a backer, skip surface Pre-Prep treatment. 12) Clean airbrush immediately with a high quality lacquer thinner.

Question: Where can I find Mirror Chrome Aerosol instructions?
Answer: "Mirror" Chrome Aerosol Directions Panel. 1) Use Surface Pre-Prep prior to painting to remove any dirt and oils such as fingerprints. 2) Let can warm to room temperature (70 degrees farenheight) 3) Under 50% humidity offers best results. 4) Cover surrounding items to protect from overspray. 5) Shake until the ball inside can breaks loose. Continue to shake for two minutes, swirling the container so the balls travel around the bottom groove of the can. 6) After each minute of spraying, REPEAT shaking procedures for ten seconds. 7) Spray 12" from surface. 8) Test spray for distance prior to painting. 9) Spray in thin, even coats instead of one heavy coat. 10) Apply 3 to 5 thin coats. You can tell when it is ready to be back by holding a dark black or blue cloth behind it. 11) Back with Waterbased paint only. 12) Recommend backing with Black for best effects. 13) Clean the valve after painting by holding can upside down and depressing tip for two seconds. 14) Never spray with the valve partly open. The valve must be pressed all the way down.

Question: Where can I find Mirror Chrome Airbrush instructions?
Answer: "Mirror" Chrome Airbrush Directions Panel. 1) Use Surface Pre-Prep prior to painting to remove any dirt and oils such as fingerprints. 2) Let bottle warm to room temperature (70 degrees farenheight) 3) Under 50% humidity offers best results. 4) Cover surrounding items to protect from overspray. 5) Shake until the ball inside bottle breaks loose. Continue to shake for one minute. 6) After each minute of spraying, REPEAT shaking procedures for ten seconds. 7) Spray 4" to 6" from surface at 15-20 psi. 8) Test spray for distance prior to painting. If too far away, coverage could be uneven. 9) Spray in thin, even coats instead of one heavy coat. 10) Apply 3 to 5 thin coats. You can tell when it is ready to be back by holding a dark black or blue cloth behind it. 11) Back with Waterbased paint only. 12) Recommend backing with Black for best effects. 13) Clean airbrush immediately with a high quality lacquer thinner.

Question: Where can I find Pre-Prep Aerosol instructions?
Answer: Surface Pre-Prep Aerosol Directions Panel. 1) Let can warm to room temperature (70 degrees farenheight) 2) Spray 8" to 12" from surface. 3) Spray a medium, even coating leaving the surface a little bit wet. 4) Let it dry for 5 minutes.

Question: Where can I find Pre-Prep Airbrush Instructions?
Answer: Surface Pre-Prep Airbrush Directions Panel. 1) Let bottle warm to room temperature (70 degrees farenheight) 2) Spray 4" to 6" from surface at 15-20 psi. 3) Spray a medium, even coating leaving the surface a little bit wet. 4) Let it dry for 5 minutes.

 

Question: Where can I find the MSDS Sheets for your paints?
Answer: Right here!