Wheel Arch Refinement
W.A.R is a hybrid underbody wax/ underseal.
Developed as a middle ground between existing wet waxes like Waxoil, Dinitrol, and an underbody stonechip. The key points of W.A.R. are to simplify the application process, and increase longevity at the same time. W.A.R. has no requirement beyond basic prep for corrosion killers, or rust stabilisers. It is a LOW reactivity product with HIGH prep tolerance making it suitable for everything from touch up work, to full chassis treatments.
Including a VCI Vapour Corrosion Inhibitor, as well as a blend of other compounds W.A.R. has the ability to offer good levels of protection both internally in Cavities, and areas hard to reach. In addition W.A.R. cures to a tough, durable wax negating the need for a stonechip, and a wax for adequate protection. The finish is durable and will not attract dirt and debris like a wet wax, which inevitably requires more frequent maintenance, and forms a moisture sponge by accepting foreign dirt and debris.
Available in :-
- Cavities and hard to reach Places
- Underbody areas such as chassis, frame, and body panels
- suspension components
- Application to firmly adherant rust, and keyed substrates such as aluminium, steel.
- Can adhere to new galv at slightly reduced adhesion.
- External surfaces such as bumpers, rock sliders, and panel finishing
- Remove all Loose paint, wax, and underseal using a paint remover.
- Provide a key for maximum adhesion (use an abrasive to achieve this)
- If any grease, or contamination is present remove with a suitable product such as panel wipe or contamination killer
- Clean down the surface using clean water and a Scotchbrite type scourer before drying.
- There is no requirement to remove all rust. You are looking ideally for a clean, dull surface, providing the coating something to adhere to.
- Shake the can for two full minutes with the agitating ball active.
- Apply in cross coats at 90 degree angles allowing the coating to cure between coats.
- Coating will take 1>3 hours to tack off, and 2>4 days to fully harden.
- following application if the entire aerosol is not used invert the can fully and depress the nozzle for 2>3 seconds to clear the actuator so it can be used again later. Consider an aerosol unblocker kit.
- Be sure to apply enough product "blacking" is the process of applying enough product to cover an item, but not enough to protect it. Failure typically occurs within 6 months, and will result in spot rust and sub surface corrosion occurring. You are aiming for Sufficient DFT (Dry Film Thickness).
- ALWAYS a minimum of two coats
- Stir and agitate the product thoroughly prior to use using an agitator.
- The product can be brushed, rollered or sprayed.
- Using a seam sealing, or turkshead brush, work the first coat in to the substrate/ metal you are looking to protect. This has the added benefit of greatly increasing the ability of the product to wet out benefiting the application in several ways.
- After you have applied your first coat, allow it to cure for 2>3 hours typically.
- Apply your second coat using a large softer brush so as not to damage the first coat. The coating will tend to self-level and leave you a good finish.
- Coating will take several days depending on conditions to fully harden
- We recommend you use a long handled narrow roller for application. This gives you a higher pressure of application for the roller, assisting wetting out properties, and gives you better access and control.
- Apply the first coat using reasonable force and a slow pass with the roller. Repeat the rollering process in the same area several times if existing corrosion is present to assist wetting out and adhesion later on. Do not spread the product out so far that you reduce the amount of coating, and thus reduce the protection available.
- Allow coating to cure semi-hard for several hours depending on conditions, prior to adding a second or third coat.
- Ensure coating is hard dry prior to use.
- W.A.R. Can be sprayed by various means.
- Buzzweld underbody gun. Extend the nozzle on the gun fully and set the pressure to a minimum of 90 psi. pressure can be elevated up to 150psi, the product warmed, or thinned to affect coverage, film thickness, and conditions of use.
- Buzzweld 1.8MM Suction Feed gun. Thin W.A.R. using W.A.R. thinners up to 10%. Using a 400 Micron strainer load the gun with product, and set the pressure between 60- and 70 psi.
- Spray as per normal spraying instructions, building up the product. We would suggest you allow the product to cure for several hours, and then apply a minimum of a second coat. Three would be ideal, but time or requirement may not permit this.
W.A.R. is unlikely to react with most products. Sensible guidlines to reduce the risk of product reactions are as follows.
- Ensure that any existing product to be top coated with W.A.R. if FULLY cured prior to top coating. There is a big difference between hard and fully cured. For example 2 pack acrylics can be hard same day, but take up to two weeks to fully harden so that they can be machine polished.
- If a reaction has occured, or is suspected, such as insufficient cure time available, then use a light first coat, with minimal thinner if spraying. If using an aerosol, then spray from a greater distance, and do not not flood, or build the product too fast. effectively "dust" the first coat. Subsequent coats can be applied with increasing build, and reduced risk of reaction
- If a coating reacts even after sufficient cure time, contact us for advise, or use a Barcoat Isolator as an intermediary coating.
- VCI Vapour Corrosion Inhibitor. Self repairs, and protects areas not in direct contact with the coating using mono-molecular technology. This product uses positive air pressure, and relies on low air movement to be effective, and is superb for cavities such as in a chassis.
- Tough, touch dry coating, with good resistance to abrasion, and a high build
- Superb wetting out properties reinforced with VCI technology to allow 100% protection of a substrate drastically reducing future failures, and increasing product longevity
- Ideal as a top coat for RCP, CIO, FCP, and 2k Armour as a longer term sacrificial coating.
- Always a minimum of two coats
- Always allow the first coat a suitable cure period prior to second or third coat.
- apply to dry, clean, non contaminated surface
- Key the surface to a dull finish
- Use fossil fuel heaters in or around coatings when applying or curing. They are not only a fire hazard, but they introduce massive amounts of moisture to the air.
- Use Cellulose thinners of any kind as prep, or a thinning agent.
- Use thinners to thin the product that are not W.A.R. specific thinners. W.A.R. is a specific hybrid coating, and using the incorrect thinners can cause premature failure, delamination, and porosity.
- Apply to a wet substrate without specific advice from ourselves first.
- Top coat existing coatings that are not fully cured
- "Clean" the surface with thinners
- 1/2 can per wheel arch
- 6 cans for a small chassis
- 6 cans for a large chassis (if using a primer)
- 8>10 cans for a large chassis no primer
- 4 cans for a small chassis cavity
- 6 cans for a large chassis cavity
- 2500ML for a chassis and axles up to 110 size
- 12M2/1000ML if top coating a primer with a smooth substrate
- 8m2/1000ML if top coating a rough substrate with no primer
- 300ML per average wheel arch (using two coats)
Please be aware cure times can vary wildy. Air movement, film thickness, relative humidty, air flow and temperature all play a large part in the actual cure time of a product. Additionally temperatures below 10C can see the cure times extend exponentially if all conditions above contribute in a negative way.
- 10C Touch Dry 90 minutes, Hard dry 6>8 hours, Hard dry 48>72 hours
- 20C Touch Dry 60 minutes, Hard dry 4>6 hours, Hard dry 48 hours