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Hi There

We have had a few questions regarding Nightspots benches not being black enough. The Nightspots colour is not black but dark grey. The Nightspots colour comes mainly from the Flintstone. The primer tinting does help a little, but it’s mainly used to get coverage, and means you need less Flintstone to cover the original benchtop colour. This makes the dry time much faster for the Flintstone.

If a customer wants a “Black” benchtop colour, you need to make a custom colour for them.

I Have 2 options to achive this black finish:

Option 1 using High Build Primer

  1. Tint Napco High Build Primer to maximum using Lamp Black Tint (20% or 4oz Resin to 1oz tint) and catalyse
  2. Apply 2 good coats of the tinted High Build Primer to the benchtop
  3. Add additional Black tint to your maxed out High Build mix trying to achieve a good black colour
  4. Add 1 to 2oz more catalyst to enable the mix to harden properly
  5. Apply single coat getting good, even coverage.
  6. Wait for primer coat to dry, check it’s got solid coverage and not patchy. If patchy reapply to even coverage
  7. Apply 1 very light coat of Birchbark to create the Flintstone look.
  8. Wait for Birchbark to dry (should be pretty fast)
  9. Sand with #400 sponge (now available from us in a tear off 25m roll)
  10. Apply Napco PolyGlass Low Gloss Clear as normal.

Option 2 use tinted Poly-Glass Clear;

  1. Tint Napco High Build Primer to maximum using Lamp Black Tint (20% or 4oz Resin to 1oz tint) and catalyse
  2. Apply 2 good coats of the tinted High Build Primer to the benchtop
  3. Once the High Build Primer is dry
  4. Mix Poly-Glass Clear with Lamp Black tint, usual ration is 3oz Resin to 1oz Tint, then catalyse and thin as normal
  5. Apply single coat getting good, even coverage.
  6. Wait for the black Poly-Glass coat to dry, check it’s got solid coverage and not patchy. If patchy reapply to even coverage
  7. Apply 1 very light coat of Birchbark to create the Flintstone look.
  8. Wait for Birchbark to dry (should be pretty fast)
  9. Sand with #400 sponge (now available from us in a tear off 25m roll)
  10. Apply Napco PolyGlass Low Gloss Clear as normal.

This process can be modified to any custom primer colour your customer may want, which expands the range of colours you can offer.

You will need to make a sample for the customer to approve for any variation from the samples.

If anyone has any questions, please email or call me.

Regards

Anthony