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Häufig gestellte Fragen / Frequently asked questions

On this help page you will find a list of relevant information to ensure a smooth process before, during and after the coating process. In the following link you have the possibility to download a digital form of our application instructions on your PC, smartphone, tablet etc..

DOWNLOAD: KANDYDIP® LIQUID CAR WRAP INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

Dear DIPON® Customers, friends & interested readers,
we would like to provide you with detailed instructions so that you are familiar with the handling of the products. Please read all the information below with care.

1.1 BEFORE USE - CLEANING THE SURFACES

Please ensure that the surface is free of grease and dust before use. A simple standard car wash (basic wash program without gloss and wax) is sufficient in most cases. If you want to remove resin and tar residues from your surface or degrease it, please only use our DIPON® DIP PreCleaner as degreasing and cleaning agent, alternatively isopropanol alcohol diluted with 30% dist. water according to volume. As an orientation value, you will need approx. 50 - max. 100 ml of degreasing material for normal soiling, e.g. for a BMW 5 series sedan. Afterwards, the vehicle or workpiece surface is wiped dry with a dust-binding cloth. Please ensure that there is sufficient time for the solvent to flash off (at 20 degrees Celsius at least 20-30 min.). If the material is applied too thickly and the required flash-off time is not observed, boiling (dot formation, inclusion holes, fish eyes) may occur in the material. For this purpose we recommend the KandyDip® High Build Primer which is applied in about three layers to the workpiece to be coated. This minimises the risk of boiling due to special additives in the material.
CAUTION: Please do not use any foreign products such as silicone remover, wax remover, plasticine, brake cleaner, petroleum ether, methylated spirits, grease remover, washing-up liquid, orange and citrus cleaners, etc. The use of these agents may cause the liquid rubber coating to burn, extremely long drying times, reduced gloss, softening of the liquid rubber and even immediate detachment on contact with mechanical treatment. KandyDip® Liquid Rubber is a solvent based product and must not be applied to recently applied paint. This includes all paint jobs that have been carried out in the period up to 12 months. If you are unsure, test the workpiece in advance for compatibility. After completion of the KandyDip® liquid rubber coating (also incl. 2K), the vehicle may only be used in the car wash after a standing time of at least seven days (10-14 days recommended). The coating is only fuel-resistant when KandyDip® 2K TopCoat is applied. The time required for KandyDip® 2K TopCoat to cure completely is approx. 7-8 days at a temperature of 20°C with prior drying in the paint booth.

1.2 BEFORE USE - MASKING THE SURFACES

The preparation is the most important work step and requires meticulous preparation and precise execution. Please ensure that all surfaces that are not coated are bonded without exception. This also includes all sealing rubbers, engine compartment, vehicle interior, trunk, all glass panes, tires NOTEPlease avoid contact with: Headlights, electronics, brake system and rubber seals! Headlights must not be painted with products containing solvents (e.g. KandyDip®), as this can destroy the clear coat. Some plastic surfaces react sensitively to products containing solvents. Test any surfaces on a non-visible spot for compatibility.

1.3 BEFORE USE - COATING KANDYDIP® LIQUID RUBBER

BASE COLOURS I SOLID COLOURS I PRIMER I EXCEPTIONS
ATTENTION : Silver, white or light-coloured vehicle paintwork may not be applied without primer if a red, orange, purple or yellow solid colour (without metallic additives) is desired. KandyDip must not be applied to paintwork that is less than six months old. We recommend a "waiting period" of twelve months after application of the paint. These paints vouch for the risk of bleed-through/staining, i.e. the paint pigment could stain the vehicle's paintwork and can then no longer be easily removed. As a primer, a base coat consisting of at least three and a half is recommended in grey or white. The base colour used is based on the desired result of the base colour (bright bright red = white).
Solid/base or solid colours are colours without additional additives (pearlescent/metallic/flakes). These colors represent "simple" solid colors and do not contain any metallic or pearlescent effects. Many of these colors (exceptions see above text) can in most cases be applied directly and without prior liquid rubber basecoat/primer. The condition of the surface to be coated is decisive for the final result of the liquid rubber coating. An intact clear coat is indispensable for vehicle painting in order to obtain a removable liquid rubber coating that can be peeled off again. Any chipping of the clear coat would therefore lead to serious damage to the vehicle paint.
NOTE: ALWAYS TEST THE WORKPIECE TO BE COATED FOR COMPATIBILITY AT A NON-VISIBLE POINT! KANDYDIP LIQUID RUBBER IS A SOLVENT-BASED PRODUCT. IT MUST THEREFORE NOT BE APPLIED TO "FRESH" COATINGS BEFORE AT LEAST SIX MONTHS HAVE ELAPSED. THERE IS A RISK OF DAMAGE TO THE NEW PAINT FINISH. WE RECOMMEND A "WAITING PERIOD" OF TWELVE MONTHS BEFORE WORKING WITH SOLVENT-BASED KANDYDIP LIQUID RUBBER

1.4 BEFORE USE - WORKING WITH METALLIC AND PEARLESCENT EFFECTS "PEARLS"; "FLAKES",

Pearlescent and metallic pigments form the basis for creating individual color effects/reflections. These include pearlescent and metallic pigments
NOTE All pearlescent and metallic pigments require a liquid rubber base coat in the prescribed number of layers. If a black base coat is required, it is not sufficient in this case that your vehicle is painted e.g. black. Effect pigments will only produce the desired result through the interaction of the coloured base and the effect paint. If effect paints are applied without a liquid rubber base coat, there could be problems with the removability of the material, damage to the paint and runners due to a non-existent primer

1.5 BEFORE USE - RECOMMENDED SPRAY SYSTEMS, NOZZLE DIAMETER & WORKING PRESSURE

A compressed air or an electric HVLP spraying system (e.g Earlex Motor Spray 3000 available at www.dipon.de) is recommended. The "best" results are achieved by using a classic spray gun. Recommended nozzle diameter: from 1.3 mm - 1.6 mm (Please note that larger nozzles up to 1.8 mm can also be used. However, it is important to adjust the viscosity or to dilute the material by about 10-20% Recommended working pressure : approx. 1.75 bar - 2.0 bar from gun (Please provide a compressed air reducer directly at the gun).

1.6 BEFORE USE - TEMPERATURE & CHECK OF THE PREPARATIONS, VISCOSITY

If you have read all the information beforehand and have made the appropriate preparations (cleaning, masking, flash off), you can begin with the application. Provide a respirator for painting work, sufficient exhaust air and wear protective clothing for painting work. Recommended working temperature 15 - 22 degrees Celsius Avoid temperatures above 24 degrees Celsius, direct sunlight, too high a pressure setting as the solvent can evaporate as soon as it comes out of the gun. As a result, you may get a rough surface which may feel like sandpaper. In this case, always have solvent type "PD-100" (available under "Care & Cleaning" at www.dipon.de) at hand to gradually adjust the viscosity and make the material more flowable. After adding the solvent, spray small test areas to find the optimum setting for you and to check the flow of the material

WHEN USING SPRAY CANS - PREPARATION

If you use a spray can, warm it up to at least 15 degrees (e.g. water bath) and shake it for about 30-60 seconds. Spray a test jet onto a workpiece before applying the paint.

GENERAL NOTES ON THE SPRAYING TECHNIQUE

Always spray effect paints ("pearlescent effects"/"pearls") along the length of the car, never in sections! If you do not intend to apply effect colours, we recommend painting base colours along the length of the car after the mist coating has been completed. Please avoid coating in sections (driver's door, fenders separately) to avoid pressure deposits and oversaturation of colors at the edges!

2.1 THE APPLICATION - APPLICATION OF THE FIRST LAYERS - BASE COLOURS / SOLID COLOURS

1. Open the container and stir it with a drill and whisk attachment for about two minutes at medium speed. Use paint sieves (190my) to filter any foreign particles from the material. If the varnish sieve does not filter anything or only with great difficulty, the viscosity may be too high and should be adjusted to filter the material completely through the varnish sieve. The drying time is about 15 - 20 minutes at 20 degrees, depending on the temperature. The more coats applied and the lower the temperature, the longer the drying time.
2. Start with very light mist coats (low drying time). Avoid a saturated material application as this can immediately lead to noses/runners. For certain colours such as white (RAL 9003, RAL 9010 etc.) it is advisable to apply up to three mist coats. ATTENTION: White is much more fluid than black and grey, danger of runners!
3. After you have applied the fog layers, you can now start spraying the material forming a film with 50 % overlap (completely wetted). With some colours you get a quick coverage with various other colours (e.g. yellow, white, red, orange) the coverage is achieved a little later. You can also spray large areas crosswise to even out shades.
4. We recommend the application of at least six to eight film-forming coats plus mist coats to build up resistance to mechanical influences (e.g. car wash). If you apply a base colour for the subsequent application (primer) for effect colours, we recommend four completely wetted coats of base colour (for weaker covering colours such as white, yellow, orange, red possibly a little more until complete coverage has been achieved).
5. If you do not apply a high-gloss coating or effect paint, we recommend the application of DIP Vitalizer after completion and a drying time of about 60 minutes at 15 or 25-30 minutes at 30 degrees. This is applied with a dust-free cloth like a polish until no more oily film can be felt. The application should be repeated every week. The DIP Vitalizer will be worn off by water after some time. Please do not spray any surfaces that have been prepared with the DIP Vitalizer.
6. KandyDip is offered ready for spraying, i.e. thinning in the form of PD-100 is usually no longer necessary. Due to the particle size, clogging of the nozzle (e.g. with electric systems) cannot be ruled out with various pearlescent and ColorShifts. Here it is recommended to use a larger nozzle (from 1.6mm) and to dilute the material with at least 10% by volume per liter of liquid rubber.
7. At higher temperatures (from 22 degrees Celsius) the material can volatilise and the viscosity increase. It is recommended to add PD-100 at least 10% to the ready-to-spray container to compensate for any temperature fluctuations and to increase the flowability accordingly.
8. KandyDip should not be mixed or oversprayed with any material other than products in the KandyDip range.

2.2 THE APPLICATION - APPLICATION OF PEARL AND METALLIC EFFECTS

6 . For pearl and metallic effects, a liquid rubber base colour is always and without exception a prerequisite. Here it does not matter whether your vehicle is already painted black or white, for example, if you need black or white as a base color. The application without base color does not achieve the desired result because the color-giving liquid rubber substrate is missing
7. After following the instructions in point 6, carefully spray the effect paint along the length of the car (not in sections!) over the dry base paint, overlapping by at least 50 % and without applying excessive pressure (attention: risk of runners!). You are finished with the application when the desired coverage has been achieved. Please pull off the masking tape carefully after the coating process after the last coat in a damp (!) state. When applying KandyDip 2K Top Coat, carefully pull off the masking tape after approx. 24 hours at 20 degrees Celsius.

2.3 THE APPLICATION - APPLICATION OF HIGH GLOSS TOP COAT 1K (liquid rubber, no 2K!)

The High Gloss Top Coat is a low viscosity medium (liquid) and is applied as a finish over an existing base or pearl effect coating. The coats must each be applied in a very film-forming and overlapping manner, otherwise an acceptable gloss finish will not be achieved. Maximum gloss is only achieved with a transparent coating.
2.4 KandyDip® 2K TOPCOAT - STRENGTHENED COATING
1. When may the KandyDip® 2K TopCoat be applied?
The KandyDip® 2K TopCoat is applied approx. 60 minutes after application of the last KandyDip liquid rubber layer. An ambient and drying temperature of 22°C at a relative humidity of at least 30% and a maximum of 70% is decisive here.
2. How many coats of KandyDip® 2K TopCoat are necessary?
It is between the gloss levels "High Gloss" and "Matt." to be distinguished
  • 2K High Gloss: At least one mist layer and one rich layer. Recommended two rich layers
  • 2K Matt One layer, not too full Attention! If the application is too saturated and the drying is forced, the degree of matting will be drastically reduced.
3. What is the flash-off time between coats?
This applies to KandyDip® 2K TopCoat High Gloss. The flash-off time at 22°C is between five and seven minutes.
4. What is the curing time of the KandyDip® 2K TopCoat?
The material is dust dry after approx. 18 hours when physically dried (22°C). The complete curing time is seven to ten days depending on the environmental variables.
5. Can KandyDip® liquid rubber be reapplied over an existing KandyDip® 2K coating?
No.
6. Can another KandyDip® 2K coating be applied over an existing KandyDip® 2K coating?
Yes, but the material must be fully cured (approx. 7-10 days). In addition, the surface must be sanded to ensure an adhesive base for the subsequent K2K layer.
7. How long does the KandyDip® 2K TopCoat last?
Until the material is to be detached again.
8. May the material be sanded, polished and waxed?
Yes. The material can be treated just like any other clear coat.
9. Can the material be sealed with a 9H sealant?
Yes, however we recommend the preliminary test since not all sealants are suitable.

Q & A: Questions & Answers:

1. Do I need a KandyDip® liquid rubber base colour if my vehicle is already painted black?

Regardless of the type of paint your vehicle has, it is necessary to apply a liquid rubber (!) primer / base coat with the required number of coats

2. What could be the consequences of coating without KandyDip® liquid rubber base paint?

Effect pigments will only produce the desired result through the interaction of the coloured base and the effect paint. If the effect pigments are applied without a liquid rubber base coat, there could be problems with the removability of the material, damage to the paint and runners due to a non-existent primer. Please note that the base coat is not a primer in the conventional sense, as it can be removed without leaving any residue when the appropriate and recommended minimum layer thickness is applied. As a comparison you can take a "conventional" multi-coat paint. First, the vehicle is coated with the base color after the preliminary work has been completed, then the effect paint is applied and finally the clear coat. It is therefore not recommended to coat effect pigments without KandyDip® liquid rubber base paint

3. What is meant by a shift?

A layer can be applied in different ways, e.g. by fogging or by uneven coating (misty, wet). To spray a complete layer, it must be applied in a film-forming manner, i.e. completely wetted so that a visible wet film becomes visible. In most cases, the mist layer (tack coat) will only be applied once. With some colours (e.g. white) this can be up to three coats. For optimum resistance, we recommend applying at least six to eight film-forming coats using a 1.5 mm spray gun. When talking about spray cans, the principle works identically, but for various applications (e.g. rim coating) it is important to ensure that a composite structure is achieved.

4. Which spray system can be used for painting KandyDip® liquid rubber (except spray cans)?

For the use of KandyDip® liquid rubber, we recommend the use of an electric HVLP spray system (e.g Earlex Motor spray 3000). The best results in terms of surface quality (texture-free) are achieved using a classic spray gun (nozzle 1.3 mm - 1.8 mm) and an air compressor (min. 300L/min. effective output at 2 bar)

5. Can KandyDip® be mixed with other liquid rubber products?

KandyDip® is fully compatible with Plasti Dip® only. We nevertheless recommend the exclusive use of original KandyDip® liquid rubber DIPON.DE® cannot ensure that the Plasti Dip® product you are using is a factory filled container that has not been subsequently altered. If you are thinking of using Plasti Dip® as a base colour for KandyDip®, make sure that you do not receive a neutral container with a foreign label. Make sure that the Plasti Dip® has been filled at the factory and is ready for spraying. Otherwise we cannot guarantee compatibility.

6. What is used to clean or degrease the surface to be painted?

All coatings without exception are applied with the DIPON® PreCleaner (in the DIPON® eBay Shop). The following agents, among others, have proven to be unsuitable: Silicone remover, brake cleaner, rim cleaner, methylated spirits, orange cleaner, washing up liquid, WD-40, nitro thinner, petroleum ether, various grease removers, wax removers. These agents cause undesirable effects such as burning of the liquid rubber coating, very long drying times, reduced gloss, softening of the liquid rubber. Please also note that glossy liquid rubber products react much more sensitively to the degreasing material.

7. Which masking tape is needed?

We offer in our shop special heat-resistant and solvent-resistant paint masking tapes. These products are ideally suited for use with solvent-based products. Please do not use painter's masking tape as the solvent may soften the adhesive surface and irreparably damage your coating DIPON® Recommendation: Green Masking Tape.

What is KANDYDIP®?

KandyDip® is a synthetic rubber material which is air-drying and removable. It adheres to virtually all dust and grease-free surfaces such as glass, metal, wood, concrete, plastic, ceramics, porcelain

Fields of application of KANDYDIP® liquid rubber:

KandyDip® Liquid rubber is used in the automotive sector as a vehicle / body, rim coating
Other areas of application include:
- House and garden ( for example for coating furniture, picture frames, protection against mould in joints etc.)
- Hobby workshop, model making etc.
- Industry (sealing of pipelines, protection against vibrations, rust etc.)

How many products does the KANDYDIP® product range include?

The KandyDip® Product range Products for all user groups, including:
  • KandyDip® liquid gum (DIY / Hobby users & Advanced users)
  • KandyDip® Spray (Hobby and professional user)
  • KandyDip® Industrial PUR (Undiluted raw material for industrial use)
  • KandyDip® PaintShield (Professional users / Industry)
  • KandyDip® 2K TopCoat (Professional Users)

How do the individual KANDYDIP® products differ from each other?

KandyDip® liquid gum is designed for the first time user as well as equally for the advanced user. It is characterized by excellent coverage, very high resistance and a relatively low risk of runners
KandyDip® Spray designates the KandyDip® liquid rubber product line from the aerosol/spray can for hobby and professional use.
KandyDip® Industrial PUR is the undiluted one, i.e. without addition of solvents for viscosity adjustment. This variant is ideal for insulating electronics, pipes/lines, moulds, as a rubber coating for grip manufacture, etc.
KandyDip® PaintShield is a low-solvent transparent liquid solution for the protection of headlights, bonnets etc. from grit, stone chips. This material is ideal for the protection of new vehicles during transport. Optionally, headlights can be protected from stone chips without impairment. The material is temporarily fuel resistant and wet sandable
KandyDip® 2K TopCoat designates a two-component UHS clearcoat for application on thermoplastic substrates. The KandyDip® 2K TopCoat also "Dip 2K TopCoat" has been offered since 2015 and serves to protect the removable coating from fuels, alkalis, acids. The material may only be processed in conjunction with KandyDip® liquid rubber and the processing instructions.

Which spraying systems can be used?

Recommended spraying system: Electric turbine system or compressed air gun
Compressed air gun:
Nozzle diameter: from 1.3 mm - 1.8 mm at 1.75 - 2.0 bar
Examples:
DeVilBiss® PRi Pro 1.8 mm at 1.75 - 2.0 bar (recommended: 1.75 bar working pressureb gun) for base and effect pigment coating
SATA® 100 F B RP 1.7 mm at 1.75 - 2.0 bar for base and effect coatings
Alternatively, the following pistols have been tested, for example:
SATA® 3000, 4000, 5000 B HVLP/RP 1.5 mm - 1.8 mm
DeVilBiss® GTi Pro T1, T2, T110 1.3 mm - 1.4 mm
Note: When using a diameter from 1.6 mm - 1.8 mm we recommend the addition of solvent (DIPON® PD-100) of up to 20% (by weight) to prevent the formation of orange peel skin.

Which agents may be used for degreasing/cleaning? not be used?

All funds except the DIPON® Dip PreCleaner must not be used.
List of unsuitable degreasing and cleaning agents for the pre-treatment of surfaces to be coated with KandyDip® liquid rubber:
- SILICONE REMOVER
- WAX REMOVER
- BRAKE CLEANER
- RIM CLEANER
- WASHBENZIN
- BRENNSPIRITUS
- GREASE REMOVER
- DISHWASHING AGENTS
- ORANGE AND CITRUS CLEANER
These agents cause undesirable effects such as burning of the liquid rubber coating, very long drying times, reduced gloss, soaking of the liquid rubber.
Glossy liquid rubber products are much more sensitive than matte finishes.

What is a liquid rubber primer (base coat)?

The base coat is not a primer in the conventional sense, as it can be removed without residue with the appropriate and recommended minimum layer thickness KANDYDIP® in a UNI colour is used as the base coating For example, KANDYDIP® Liquid Rubber Black Matt is often used as a primer / base coat for effect paints.

What is a UNI shade?

Solid colours are colours without additional additives (pigments / flakes) These colors are simple solids and do not contain metallic or pearlescent effects. Many of these colors can be applied directly without a liquid rubber base coat/primer in most cases.
The following shades are excluded:
- Red*
- Yellow*
- Orange*
*These colours could cause discolouration. Therefore, we recommend applying a liquid rubber coating / primer in e.g. grey or black matt.

What are effect colours?

"Pigments" are the basis for creating effect colors.
This includes all types of effect colors, including:
- Pearlescent pigments
- Metallic pigments
- Chameleon / Flip-Flop / Colorshift pigments
- Thermochromic pigments
These effect paints basically require an existing base coat consisting of KandyDip® liquid rubber. This serves equally as:
- Adhesive primer
- Neutral colour background
- Protective layer between the surface to be coated and the special-effect paint (pigment)

What could be the consequences of applying pigments without liquid rubber base colour??

Effect pigments will only produce the desired result through the interaction of the coloured base and the effect paint. If the effect pigments are applied without a liquid rubber base coat, there could be problems with the removability of the material, damage to the paint and runners due to a non-existent primer. Please note that the base coat is not a primer in the conventional sense, as it can be removed without leaving any residue when the appropriate and recommended minimum layer thickness is applied. As a comparison you can take a "conventional" multi-coat paint. First, the vehicle is coated with the base coat after completion of the preparatory work, then the effect paint is applied and finally the clear coat It is therefore not recommended to coat effect pigments without KandyDip® liquid rubber base colour.

My vehicle is already black/white, do I still need a base coat?

Regardless of what paint your vehicle has, it is still necessary apply a liquid rubber (!) primer / base coat with the required number of layers. We always recommend a base coat for white and silver paints, as certain colours can "bleed", i.e. rub off onto the original paint. Red, yellow and orange solid colours are particularly affected here

Nature and condition of the surface to be coated:

The condition of the surface to be coated is decisive for the final result of the liquid rubber coating. With vehicle paints, an intact clear coat is indispensable in order to obtain a liquid rubber coating that can be removed without leaving any residue. Chipping of the clear coat would therefore lead to serious damage to the vehicle paint.

When do we speak of a shift?

A layer can be applied in different ways, e.g. by fogging or by uneven coating (misty, wet). To spray a complete layer, it must be applied in a film-forming manner, i.e. completely wetted so that a visible wet film becomes visible. In most cases, the mist layer (tack coat) will only be applied once. With some colours (e.g. white) this can be up to three coats. For optimum resistance, we recommend applying at least six to eight film-forming coats using a 1.5 mm spray gun.
When talking about spray cans, the principle is identical, but for various applications (e.g. rim coating) it is important to ensure that a composite structure is achieved

How long can KandyDip® liquid rubber be stored?

KandyDip® liquid gum has a shelf life of at least 9 months when stored correctly.
The containers must always be stored in a dry and dark place. Temperatures should be between +1°C and +18°C
Avoid temperatures above 40°C, ATTENTIONDanger of explosion!

How heat-sensitive is KandyDip® liquid rubber?

KandyDip® liquid rubber has been tested in a temperature range from -34 degrees Celsius to +95 degrees Celsius. Under these conditions, the material does not dissolve on its own, but is exposed to increased stress at very high temperatures
All information has been compiled to the best of our knowledge and experience from over 100,000 projects. If you are still undecided, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service by phone, e-mail or on site in Dortmund.
DIPON.DE® Removable Automotive Coatings GmbH & Co. KG
http://www.dipon.de