PaintArmorDIY Application Instructions: Protect Paint from Scratches and Chips, DIY Paint Protection, DIY Truck Bedliner, DIY Clear Bra, DIY Clear Wrap
BEFORE YOU START: Do Not Freeze! Shake/stir for 1 minute before application.
PaintArmor should only be applied and removed between 70 and 85 Degrees Fahrenheit (20-30 Celcius).
Clear: Best results are achieved when brushed on. Clear PaintArmor will tend to aerate and become cloudy with a roller, so you may prefer to use an edging brush with Clear PaintArmor.
Colored PaintArmor: Use a foam roller or brush. When rolling, a foam roller is best for smooth surfaces such as vehicle application and will provide a better texture and less waste in the roller. Squeeze out excess back into the bottle when the application is complete to avoid waste of material.
NOTE: PaintArmor is a short term protective film. If you will leave PaintArmor on your vehicle longer than 6 months, or if applying PaintArmor to a previously chipped finish, over plastics, rubber or matte finishes, apply PaintArmor NanoCoat first. NanoCoat will ensure easy removal in these cases. To apply NanoCoat, just wipe on, let dry for a few minutes, then buff and proceed to PaintArmor Application.
CLEAN: Start with a clean, dry surface.
TEST FIRST! Before coating a large surface, test PaintArmor on a small area with 4 coats, allowing full drying (use a fan to assist drying) between coats. Test the removability on your surface by pulling up an edge with your fingernail. If you find peeling removal too difficult (as may be the case with plastics, rubber or damaged paint), apply NanoCoat before PaintArmor.
MASK: Mask adjacent panels that you do not wish to coat. Using tape and drape available online or at your local hardware store is an easy way to mask a vehicle.
PORTIONS OF PANELS & MASK LINES: If coating a panel portion, mask that portion that you do not wish to coat. When coating, coat close to your mask line, within 1/4 inch (6 mm), but DON'T cover your mask line until your final coat. Leave a small portion of your surface uncoated close to the mask line until the final coat.
COAT: Using an edging brush or a sponge roller, coat your surface evenly. No matter the final color of PaintArmor you intend to finish with it's a good idea to do at least 2 coats of clear first and then 2 or more coats of your colored PaintArmor.
Once a coat is applied, re-roll or brush over the coated surface lightly to be sure no ridges exist. Smoothing ridges will aid in appearance and in drying.
DRYING: Drying is faster with a fan. Any room fan or floor fan will do. Because PaintArmor is water based, creating mild turbulence over the coated surface will dry it quickly. If your temperature is below our recommended range, heat your room up or use a space heater on your panel in conjunction with a fan to aid drying. When is it dry? A coat of PaintArmor will normally dry in 5 minutes if aided with a fan and applied between 70 and 85 Degrees Fahrenheit (20-30 Celcius). Gentle touching to test dryness is fine and won't affect the appearance. Do not apply the next coat until each coat has fully dried.
REPEAT COATINGS: Coat a minimum of 4 coats. You can apply any number of coats, with more coats being very effective for extreme environments like racing. A good guide is 4 coats for normal street use and 6-10 for harsh environments.
LAST COAT & MASK LINE: If you are coating a portion of a panel, do not cover your mask line (coat closely to the mask line but don't cover it) until the last coat.
Unmask quickly as soon as your last coat is complete. This will help achieve a clean mask line.
Extra Waterproofing (OPTIONAL): Apply PaintArmor NanoCoat (apply monthly) or ArmorShell (one application is permanent) to achieve a harder finish with a very hydorophobic (water shedding) coating. This will eliminate water-spotting and make PaintArmor very easy to clean. Bug guts and other debris will simply wipe off!
CLEANUP: Cleanup of tools is easy with tap water. Paint trays can be cleaned with tap water or peeled clean once the material has dried.
DISSOLVE: You may find it easier to dissolve small bits of PaintArmor rather than peel it if it's thin. Dissolving PaintArmor can be done with PaintArmor Remover.
CARE: Immediately after application, do not allow PaintArmor to come in contact with water for 48 hours. Do not wash or drive in the rain for a couple of days. After 48 hours PaintArmor will be very tough and you can clean it with a hose and sponge. Automatic car washes and pressure washwers are fine as well (provided high pressure is not applied to mask lines at close distances). We do not assume any responsibility for damage during washing.
Removal can be done only between 70 and 85 Degrees Fahrenheit (20-30 Celcius), using your finger nail break the coating of PaintArmor at a thick edge (not a mask line, a panel edge that has been fully coated at least 4 times). Work the edge that you have started and peel continuously in one piece. Pull up as you peel. If you are working a big panel you may wish to pull up the PaintArmor and cut (away from the painted surface) with scissors to allow for easier removal.
Small or bits that are too thin to peel may be removed using our Remover Liquid (optional purchase) or a pressure washer, but introducing the pressurised water at about a 45 degree angle under the edge of PaintArmor. Be careful not to use too high a pressure or too close a distance, as that may damage the original paint.