Duplicolor Anodized Metalcast Paint How-To Tutorial Overview


Man 1: What we have here is one of the next
parts that we’re going to paint on the El Camino. It’s the air cleaner housing, the
chrome air cleaner housing. What we want to do is show you exactly how
the Metalcast product works. The Metalcast product is a tinted, clear-coat essentially,
it’s a transparent paint. What that’s going to do is that we’ll be able to see the chrome
come right through this paint, and it’s just basically going to smoke out the chrome. This
is the Metalcast smoke, and we have this in other colors as well. Red, blue, orange, purple,
and this is the smoke color. This is going to start the whole half and half process.
We’re going to split this right down the center, leave half of it chrome. The other half of
it, smoke. Definitely we’ve got to do some prep work on this because it’s dirty. If you were painting a surface that isn’t
chrome, you’re going to want to use the Metalcast base coat, which is an aluminum paint. What
this does is give it a nice, bright surface for the Metalcast to go over top of because,
say if you’re painting like a piece of cast metal or something that just isn’t chrome
or very bright, the base coat is going to give it that bright appearance then for the
Metalcast to go over top of the color coats. That base coat will shine through as the chrome
does. Brian: As you can see, we got our stuff taped
off, half and half, for our half and half project. Before he gets started with Metalcast,
what I’m going to do is hit it with some of our Dupli-Color Adhesion Promoter because
since it’s a nice, shiny surface, and since we’re not scuffing it up since that’s a transparent
paint, we need something that’s going to help the paint bond to this metal. So we’re going
to use this adhesion promoter, which is basically like glue for the paint. I’m going to hit
that, a nice little dusting, and then let him go to it. Man 1: All right. Looks like Brian has the
adhesion promoter laid down, so what’s next is the Metalcast here. This Metalcast comes
in a variety of different colors. It comes in smoke. That’s what we’re going to use here.
It comes in red, blue, orange, purple, green as well, and the base coat, which we mentioned
earlier. Basically, what this is is a tinted clear coat. It’s transparent paint which whatever
surface you spray this on, it’s going to show right through. Since we’re painting this on
the chrome, this will smoke out the chrome and give it a nice, darker appearance. As
mentioned earlier, the Metalcast base coat, this will give the surface a bright appearance
when you put the top coat on it. As mentioned, if you’re painting anything
cast or something that isn’t chrome or bright aluminum, you’re going to want to spray this
down. It’s aluminum paint and then spray the color coat over the top of that, which this
aluminum will show through. I’m going to go ahead and get this sprayed. When you lay this
down, you know, you’re going to want to put a dusting coat down, and then you want to
put about two or three wet coats on top of that. Just a light coat will do it for the
first shot, and then thereafter you want to lay it down a little heavier, get a nice wet
coat so the paint lays down real smooth. Now, the smoke color isn’t as drastic as the
other Metalcast colors, so you’re not going to see, you know, the difference right off
the bat until you put a few coats down, like the red or the part of the blue you can really
see. This one’s a little more subtle. It just smokes out the chrome a little bit. What we have done, we’ve laid down the Metalcast
smoke. To get this product even glossier, if you want a glossier finish, you’re going
to want to use the Dupli-Color enamel, general purpose clear coat. The reason why you want
to use the enamel is because the Metalcast itself is an enamel paint. If you use a lacquer
over top of the enamel, you’re going to run into some problems. You’re going to get some
lifting effects. You’re almost going to get the Wrinkle Plus effect, really. It’s going
to crinkle up on you and basically ruin what you just did. So you’re going to want to use
enamel with an enamel, a lacquer with a lacquer. Well, considering we’re almost getting ready
to paint this car, we want to start thinking about what we’re going to do with the trim,
and we came up with a couple of different options because the trim was in such poor
condition. A lot of scratches and scrapes in this trim work. The other option we have
is spraying it with the Metalcast, giving it a dark cast look, except we add a little
twist to it. Why don’t you talk about it, Brian? Brian: Well, basically since the trim is in
such old and battered shape, we can’t really use the Metalcast on its own because it’s
going to show all those imperfections. What we came up with was using the Scotch-Brite
pad. If we scuff it all in the same direction, it’s going to give us a nice brushed look.
We’re going to test that out and see how it works. We do have a piece that we tested right
there, and it did come out pretty well. We’re going to see how it works with the other stuff
before we decide which one or the other we’re going to go with. Now, typically when you are using Metalcast,
since you’re not going to be scuffing the piece under normal circumstances, you do want
to use adhesion promoter because you need that to help the paint stick to the surface.
Now also, before you get started with any project, you want to make sure that you prep
it and get it nice and clean. For that, we’re going to get all these things nice and clean
with prep spray. Get it ready to go, but I’m going to scuff these down first. Man 1: Nice. The reason why I’m spraying the
whole length of this chrome piece is to get a smooth, even surface. I don’t want it blotchy
or anything like that. With Metalcast, it is good to spray it all the way, one side
all the way to the other.