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VHT Product Usage Guide

Helping you to choose and to apply the right paint for your:
A finish coat is only as good as the surface it is coating.

We are frequently asked if VHT Engine Enamels can be painted over a primer or other old paint on the engine. To obtain the best results we recommend the parts be stripped clean of any old paint or primer. Wipe down the surface to be painted with grease and wax remover and prep with either Shellite or brake cleaner. For maximum adhesion and colour consistency we recommend applying VHT Engine Primer (SP148).

If the old paint is intact, remove any dirt, rust, grease, loose paint, etc and lightly sand to a dull finish. Wipe down the surface with grease and wax remover then prep with either Shellite or brake cleaner.

The topcoat is only as good as the base coat or condition of the metal. If the substrate gives way, the topcoat will follow.

Carefully follow the instructions on the back of the VHT can.

AUTOMOTIVE ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
VHT Engine, Transmission and Rear End Enamels
Exhaust Manifold, Catalytic Converter and Headers
Chassis and Suspension Paints
VHT Engine Enamels contain OEM exact match colours. All colours have excellent durability and superior heat (550ºF / 287ºC) and solvent resistance. They are specially formulated to withstand corrosion, rust, salt spray, strong solvents and additives of today’s petrol blends and degreasers. VHT Flameproof Coatings are a matte finish, ceramic base silicone designed specifically for automotive headers and exhaust systems. They allow heat and moisture to pass through the metal and coating to prevent rust from forming. No primer is required before applying. Rated to 1500ºF (815ºC). VHT Epoxy Paint is an exclusive air-dry one-step epoxy ester resin system that effectively stops rust from forming on all types of metal. It provides excellent adhesion to protect against harsh environments and to maximise corrosion protection. VHT Epoxy Paint is an all weather coating that dries to an exceptionally hard finish.
Recommended products:
VHT 550ºF (287ºC) Engine Enamel Range
Recommended products:
VHT Flameproof Coating Range
Recommended products:
VHT Epoxy Paint — Rust All Weather Range
AUTOMOTIVE ENGINE COMPARTMENT
Underhood Original Finish Metal Detail Paints
Radiator Restoration
Engine Compartment, Firewalls, Brackets and Accessories
VHT Detail Paints are specially formulated to duplicate look of many unpainted metal parts. Most engine paints are too thick for radiator use because they can interfere with the heat transfer and block airflow between the cooling fins. This factory-finish aerosol withstands high heat and is just the right gloss and thickness to match most OEM finishes, and is ideal for radiator applications. It is 550ºF (287ºC) chemical resistant. With VHT 550ºF (287ºC) chemical resistant gloss, satin and flat black finishes, no primer is required. Just clean, degrease, and prepare the parts well. Then spray for a ‘factory-like’ appearance. This paint is heat resistant to 550ºF (287ºC), and protects against fading, cracking and chalking.
Recommended products:
VHT Nu-Cast Manifold Coating
VHT Nu-Cast Engine Enamels
VHT Chrome Plate Finish Range
Recommended product:
GM Satin Black (SP139)
Recommended products:
GM Satin Black (SP139)
Flat Black (SP130)
Gloss Black (SP124)
Chrome and Stainless Steel Header Bluing Prevention
Wrinkle Plus
Valve Covers
VHT Flameproof Coating dramatically reduces the discolouration due to heat on chrome, stainless steel and aluminium headers. VHT White Flameproof Coating reduces heat concentration, increases airflow and allows the engine to operate at maximum performance. By using one can of coating inside the ports of each header, exterior bluing may be reduced by up to 85%. VHT Wrinkle Plus duplicates the OEM match finish for many factory muscle cars. It is 350ºF (176ºC) heat resistant and resists colour fading, grease, degreasers and severe weather conditions. This tough durable finish is extremely resistant to rust, corrosion, chipping and cracking. No matter what look you are trying to achieve, whether it is an original factory finish, a newly cast aluminium or cast iron look or even a wrinkle finish, VHT has the right coating for the job. For newly cast aluminium or cast iron look use VHT Nu-Cast products. Just clean, degrease, and prepare the parts well, then spray for a newly cast appearance. Both paints are heat resistant to 550ºF (287ºC), and protect against fading, cracking and chalking. No primer required.
Recommended product:
Flat White Flameproof Coating (SP101)
Recommended products:
VHT Wrinkle Plus Range
Recommended product:
VHT Wrinkle Plus Range
VHT Nu-Cast Manifold Paint
VHT Nu-Cast Engine Paints
Alternators, Generators and Starters
Plate Finish “Look”
 
VHT Engine and Nu-Cast Enamels are ideal for use on all generators, starters, brake fluid reservoir and air-conditioning units. They are extremely chemical resistant after they have cured, and can withstand the extreme heat build-up associated with under hood parts. They closely replicate newly cast OEM parts or OEM factory-like finishes. Ideal for restoration or rebuilder projects. This easy-to-apply single-step aerosol coating is specifically formulated to provide the best finish that can be obtained out of a can, and is an economical substitute for chrome plating. It is ideal for alternator pulleys, carburetor and transmission linkages, coil clamps or wherever a plated finish is desired. It withstands temperatures up to 275ºF (135ºC). N.B. Not transferable!  
Recommended product:
Nu-Cast Aluminium (SP995)
Nu-Cast Cast Iron (SP997)
Gloss Black (SP124)
GM Satin Black (SP139)
Recommended product:
Chrome Spray (SP5251)
 
AUTOMOTIVE EXTERIOR
Self Priming Corrosion and Rust Prevention Paints
Reflective Chrome
Custom Metal Tints
VHT Epoxy—Rust All Weather paint contains one-step epoxy ester resin which dries to create an exceptional rust and corrosion resistant finish. The rust inhibitors, which are added to this already fortified resin, produce a tough rust-proof barrier when applied to new or properly prepared metal substrates. No primer required. The nearest thing to chrome or gold plating for refurbishing or repairing damaged reflective surfaces, such as light bezels, bumpers and interior detail trim. This epoxy coating dries to a high gloss finish and contains metallic pigments that closely replicate chrome finishes. This is the nearest thing to chrome, polished aluminium or gold plating that can be obtained from an aerosol can. VHT Metal Tint is a non-tarnishing metallic coating formulated to give a plated or anodised look to aluminium, plated or polished metal surfaces. It will withstand a temperature of 350ºF (176ºC). It is ideal for use over chrome and stainless steel accessories, including valve covers and steel braided lines and hoses.
Recommended products:
VHT Epoxy Paint Range
Recommended products:
Chrome (SP5251)
Recommended products:
VHT Anodised Colour Coat
Ceramic Internal Engine Coatings
Underbody Exhaust Pipe and Muffler Coatings
Roll Bar Paint
VHT Flameproof Coating is unique. It is a ceramic base silicone designed for use on internal gas combustion engines. It will protect pistons, valves and oil pans from heat and wear. VHT White (SP101) will increase thermal efficiency and overall performance. No primer is required when the surface is properly prepared. These VHT coatings are specifically designed to withstand high temperatures, extreme weather, rust and corrosion which makes them ideal for exhaust system protections. VHT Roll Bar Paint does not require the use of a primer. It provides a porcelain-hard finish that resists chipping on roll bars and push bars, and is chemical, corrosion, rust and salt resistant.
Recommended product:
Flat White (SP101)
Recommended product:
Flat White (SP101)
Flat Black (SP102)
Flat Grey (SP104)
Flat Silver (SP106)
Flat Aluminium (SP117)
Nu-Cast Flameproof Manifold (SP998)
Recommended products:
Gloss Black (SP670)
Satin Black (SP671)
External Gas Tank Protectant
General Purpose Enamels
 
VHT Epoxy Paint is a rust, petrol and corrosion resistant finish. These products are ideal for extreme weather conditions. Permanently bonds to metal or fiberglass surfaces. No primer is needed if applied to new or properly prepared metal substrates. VHT Quick Coat is a premium enamel that provides extra hide and durability for interior or exterior applications. This tough durable coating prevents corrosion of properly prepared surfaces, is fast drying, lead-free and ozone safe. VHT Quick Coat provides a rich weather-resistant gloss finish to most surfaces.  
Recommended product:
Gloss Black (SP650)
Recommended product:
VHT Quick Coat Enamel Range
 
PERFORMANCE CHEMICALS
Strip Fast Paint Remover
   
VHT Strip Fast Paint and Varnish Remover is designed to remove base/clear coatings from aluminium, fibreglass and metals. It easily removes urethanes, polyurethanes, enamels, lacquers, epoxy and primers. With one or two applications, it lifts coatings to allow easy removal by flushing or scraping.    
Recommended product:
VHT Strip Fast Paint Remover (SP575)
 
 
 
AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR
Dashboards and Kick Panels, Wire Holders and Heater Box Restoration
Gloss and Satin Finishes
Textured Finishes
When painting automotive interiors, a hard durable long-lasting finish is the key. VHT provides the enthusiast and the professional with three excellent choices of finishes. Lacquer finishes do not build up layers, making them ideal for refinishing moving parts. VHT lacquers provide a high gloss finish, as found in many of today’s production cars such as Mustangs and Corvettes. For a gloss or satin finish as found in most standard cars, trucks and tractors, use VHT Epoxy All Weather Paints. VHT Epoxy finishes are extremely hard and durable and are ideal for use in high traffic areas or where a long-lasting scuff and scratch resistant surface is required. For textured finishes, see VHT Wrinkle Paint.
Recommended products:
Gloss Black (SP607)
Gloss White (SP609)
Clear (SP610)
Recommended products:
VHT Epoxy All Weather Paint range
Recommended products:
VHT Wrinkle Plus Range
Vinyl, Plastic and Untreated Leather Finish
   
VHT penetrating Colour Dye is not paint, but a true dye that permanently changes or restores the original colour. It is extremely resistant to cracking or fading. It can be used on soft or hard vinyl, plastic or leather. Existing colours can be dyed to a lighter or darker colour. It is a one-step process that is easy to apply. It dries extremely fast for a colourfast detergent-resistant finish.    
Recommended products:
VHT Penetrating Colour Dye range
   
SPRAY PRIMERS
Spray Primers
Specific Uses
Selecting and Applying
a Primer
VHT Spray Primers are excellent foundations for any alkalyd, acrylic, epoxy or synthetic lacquer paint products. They provide a tough, air-dry base coat with excellent adhesion to intermediate and top coatings. These primers are specially formulated to fill scratches or pin holes caused by sanding or body fillers. They prepare the surface for finish painting, as well as form a strong corrosion barrier.

VHT Spray Primers air dry quickly and can be sanded for multi-layer build-ups, the method most frequently used by professional builders for obtaining optimum smoothness on flat surfaces and contoured surfaces. These primers can be used on metal, fiberglass, masonry, wood and most plastic surfaces. They are ideal for home, automotive, marine, aviation, farm and industrial uses.
Red Oxide is used on iron and cast or pot metals where oxidation is a problem. Wipe surface with a solution of half vinegar and half water to remove oxidation, rinse thoroughly and let dry. Prime the metal within 24 hours of this process with thin even coats. Lightly sand between coats for the best results.

Zinc Chromate Yellow is used on aluminium surfaces where oxidation causes most primers to lift. It should also be used for surfaces where the substrate has a tendency to flex due to rapid changes in temperature or lack of support. Prime and finish both sides of the aluminium for long lasting results.
Choose a primer close to the same colour that you will be using for a finish coat, but not the same colour. If you will be using a white for a finish coat, a light grey primer is recommended. This will allow you to easily see if you are applying thin, even coats when finishing, and will reduce the paint build up due to making a drastic colour change. Test the finish coat for compatibility of the primer before starting.

Mask off all areas not to be painted with the paper extending at least 18 inches from the area to be painted. When masking off the area to be sprayed, apply tape far enough away from the area to allow room to feather the spray. Placing the masking tape too close will cause unwanted ridges in the finish coat. Do not paint on windy days, or in dusty surroundings.

Spot prime all areas with exposed metal, scratches and pin holes with two or three very light coats of primer. The primer will dry in 30 to 45 minutes for sanding purposes, lightly sand with 400 to 600 grit wet and dry sandpaper making sure to feather all edges. Rinse thoroughly and wipe with a tac cloth. If scratches are still visible, repeat the process.

Spray VHT primers, using long even strokes, lengthening each stroke on the spray pattern. This will feather the edges as you spray, reducing the need for heavy sanding. For best results, apply the finish coat one or two hours after the final sanding is completed.
Recommended products:
VHT Prime Coat range
   
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