Hi guys. Been thinking about doing this for a while. We need a place where we can discuss all things SprayMax 2K. I started using this product a few months back. It has goods and bads, and I'll be as brutally honest as possible and ask that others do the same in this space. No reason to be a fanboy for an auto-clear in a can. Just the facts and your honest opinions and experiences.
I've now used SprayMax on three playfields, including one in progress. Lots of pics at various stages.
*What Is SprayMax 2k*
SprayMax 2K is essentially nothing more than two-part automotive clearcoat (2PAC) in a can. By using a special can, they separate the clear from the catalyst hardener until you are ready to mix them. First you shake the can for 2 minutes. Then you press a button on the bottom to mix the clear and the catalyst. Then you shake for two more minutes. Then you spray. Those who know 2PAC would point out that there are different types (speeds) of hardeners and that mixing differently provides different experiences. They would also point out that once you have the mixed clear in the gun, that you adjust your gun accordingly. Well, SprayMax 2K doesn't have such adjustments. You get what you get.
*Why Use SprayMax 2K*
SprayMax 2K is not for everyone. When shooting pinbot, I listed out the pros and cons. Here they are.
-Gives the finish you'd expect with auto clear. Colors are AMAZING!
-No possibility of contamination or dried glops in your clear.
-Nothing to clean up after spraying (less time in the booth no spraying laquer thinner into the air).
-Eliminates the need for the line filter, air compressor, a clean hose, guns, etc.
-Gives you an option to "demo" auto clear to decide if the toxic product is something you are even interested in using.
-Costs more per ounce.
-Versus mixing your own, you may have to shift your schedule a bit based on the shelf life of the can. It's bricked after 48 hours, so you have to spray on consecutive days if you require two coats from a single can.
-You have no flexibility of "fast" or "medium" catalysts as you would with mixing.
-There is a learning curve to the spray pattern, and there is no adjustment as there is with a gun
-For lowered inserts you have to spray into a jar, then use a syringe to get it out, then apply it to the playfield. Not terribly convenient, and once you spray into the jar, you just started the 24 hour clock on the whole can.
-There is less support available and less "known" about using the product.
*Where Do I Get SprayMax 2K*
I get mine at Napa for $20 per can. They have a shelf of it and say they recommend it to all their amateur painters. I've also bought from http://www.repaintsupply.com/pd_2_part_2k_aerosol.cfm. for $25 shipped before I realized Napa carried it.
*How Do I Use SprayMax*
SprayMax 2K is just as toxic as the 2PAC that you shoot in a gun. No more, no less. If you don't want to die young (I'm not being dramatic here) then you need to take all the necessary precautions. You need to use a respirator approved for isocyanates. I also wear a bunny suit and swimming goggles and big shop goggles over those. Don't be an idiot, seriously.
I also created a cross-draft spray booth. For those who don't know what this is, it's a dedicated room with a furnace filter on air intake to ensure that only clean, dust-free air enters your space. there's a fan on exhaust and another air filter that ensures clearcoat particulate is captured so you don't poison your whole neighborhood.