Frequently Asked Questions

We have a fully equipped 6 tonne Pantec, and a full time driver.  The truck is on the road every day. 

We have our own colour formulating system, called Mixometer

We can scan a sample with our spectrophotometer, and produce a recipe in seconds.

We then mix the paint, spray out a sample, and scan the result for accuracy. This process can take a an hour or so to be sure of an accurate match.

We have 4 spraybooths, and around 20 staff.

Usually, all jobs are finished within a week.  Occasionally this may stretch out to 10 days in absolute peak periods, but never more than that.

If you have a job that is time critical, please call first, and we should be able to work to your schedule.

Because we tint our own paint, we can match most colours on glass, including metallics and pearls.

The colour of the glass itself will change the appearance of the paint.  For this reason, in colour critical applications, it is advisable to use Starphire glass.

This low iron glass contains less than 10% of the iron content found in float glass, giving it an ultra clear appearance. This allows high fidelity colour transmittance thus producing almost 100% correct colour transfer through the glass.  Highly recommended for lighter colours, pastels, pure white or anywhere "correct" colours are required

Our Polyurethane Painting prices are based on a number of factors.  

Will the job be a Gloss or Satin finish?  

Is the colour a pastel colour, that we can mix from a light tint base paint, or is it a strong or deep colour that needs to be mixed from a clear tint base paint?

Is  the job all flat panels, or are they grooved and routered?

Once you know the answers to these, please proceed to out Polishing Prices page, and then on to our Calculator page

Generally speaking, all of our spray work needs to be undertaken in a spraybooth, both for the safety of the operator as well as the quality of the job. Due to this, we will not undertake spray finishing on site other than in exceptional circumstances.

If you bring your doors and panels to us, we are happy to re-spray your job for you.

We suggest that you telephone first, to discuss.

In a general sense, lacquer is a clear or coloured varnish that dries by solvent evaporation and often a curing process as well that produces a hard, durable finish, in any sheen level from ultra matte to high gloss and that can be further polished as required.
The term lacquer originates from the Portuguese word for lac, a type of resin excreted from certain insects.  In modern usage, lac-based varnishes are referred to as shellac, while lacquer refers to other polymers dissolved in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as nitrocellulose, and later acrylic compounds dissolved in lacquer thinner, a mixture of several solvents typically containing butyl acetate and xylene or toluene.
While both lacquer and shellac are traditional finishes, lacquer is more durable than shellac.

Quick-drying solvent-based lacquers that contain nitrocellulose, a resin obtained from the nitration of cotton and other cellulostic materials, were developed in the early 1920s, and extensively used in the automobile industry for 30 years. 
These lacquers are also used on wooden products, furniture primarily, and on musical instruments and other objects. The nitrocellulose and other resins and plasticizers are dissolved in the solvent, and each coat of lacquer dissolves some of the previous coat. Lacquer grade of soluble nitrocellulose is closely related to the more highly nitrated form which is used to make explosives.
Lacquers using acrylic resin, a synthetic polymer, were developed in the 1950s. Acrylic resin is thermoplastic, obtained by the polymerization of derivatives of acrylic acid.  The use of lacquers in automobile finishes was discontinued when tougher, more durable, weather- and chemical-resistant two-component polyurethane coatings were developed.
Single pack lacquers cure by solvent evaporation only, and will generally remain soluble throughout their life span, and hence prone to damage from chemicals or moisture exposure. 
A more modern version is acid catalysed lacquer, a two-pack lacquer that incorporates a chemical catalyst to cure the coating to increase solvent and abrasion resistance.
In practice, a well applied lacquer coating should be indistinguishable from a polyurethane coating, but there is a vast difference in the performance characteristics between single-pack and two-pack products such as water resistance, solvent resistance and abrasion resistance. 

Industry standard for any commercial application would be to use a 2-pack product, either an acid-catalysed coating or a polyurethane.