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G.J. Nikolas & Co., Inc.
2800 Washington Blvd.
Bellwood, Illinois  60104

Phone: 708-544-0320
Fax: 708-544-9722


Nikolas Vehicle Coatings

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Varicolor Transparent is a solvent base catalyzed pigmented effect coating designed to provide optimum durability and appearance in an air dry coating. Varicolor is a unique product that will show a beautiful display of color through a spectrum of hues. The observed color is dependent on the direction of lighting and the location of the viewer. Varicolor will provide lacquer-like dry time and good initial hardness. This coating complies with most air quality regulations, and will be at or under 2.8 lbs/gal VOC when mixed. Pot life ranges from 8 to 24 hours.

These qualities make it ideal for production work, work in dusty environments, and where a quick dry time is needed.

Suggested Uses: Use Varicolor as a basecoat. Truck and automotive trim, interior and exterior. Use in lighting, trophies, jewelry, fishing lures, statuary, picture frames, architectural metal and more.



  • Superior flow out and appearance.
  • Air dry or low bake.
  • Formaldehyde free.
  • Good UV protection, non-yellowing.
  • VOC Compliant.
  • Ease of application.
  • Excellent chemical and salt spray resistance.

Lab Results

Adhesion: Excellent Solvent
Resistance: Good Impact
Resistance: Good
Very Good

Weatherability: Excellent
Salt Spray: Excellent
Humidity: Excellent
UV: Excellent


Vehicle Type: Acrylic/Urethane
Gloss: Full
Specific Gravity: 1.04
Weight per gallon: 8.66 lbs.
Solids % Vol./Wt.: 17.31/ 20.40%
Package Life: One year
Gallon spread @1 mil: 278 sq. ft.
VOC lb/gal gm/ltr: 2.8# / 336 gm

Touch: 20 minutes
Handle: 30 minutes
Pack: Overnight or upon cooling if forced dried
Force Dry: Flash off 10 minutes, bake 20 minutes at 140-194°F

Directions for Use: Preparation

Surface to be coated must be clean, dry and free of oil or grease. Ambient temperature must be above 50F at application. Transparent VariColor can be applied over a variety of colors, depending on desired effect. Black produces the most dramatic effect.

2K Epoxies are best for adhesion and for bonding with Varicolor, however, any system that works well with Acrylic Urethane top- coats are suitable.
Wet: 3-4 mils
Dry: .5-1.0 mils

Directions for Use: Application

Mixing: Mix nine parts of Varicolor with one part Urethane Part B. Transparent VariColor is pre-thinned, so further reduction is not required. If a thinner mixture is desired, add small amounts of Acetone, or #11636 Exempt Reducer. Acetone and #11636 are exempt, therefore the VOC of the coating will not be effected by their addition. If conventional thinner is used, the VOC will be altered, and the coating will no longer be classified as exempt.

Spray: Use 40-50 psi. Cover piece with one double wet coat, making sure not to produce a misty or dry spray appearance. Varicolor builds quickly, so if more depth is required allow 1- 2 minutes flash-off before applying further coats.

Topcoat: Transparent VariColor dries to a high gloss finish, and does not require a topcoat.

Curing: After a 15 minute flash off, coated parts may be forced dried at 140-194 degrees F for 10 to 30 minutes. Application should take place with relative humidity under 70%. Allow a minimum of 24 hours before assembly or packaging. Exact dry time should be evaluated based on your process.


Supplied air respirators are recommended for long term exposure. Production equipment must be cleaned daily to prevent build up and fouling from hardened coating. Only mix as much material as will be used in any eight hour shift. If used over uncatalyzed base coats, lifting may occur when applying a second coat the following day or when doing touch up.

Protective Equipment

Eyes: Safety glasses
Skin: Neoprene rubber gloves
Respiratory: NIOSH approved respirator for organic vapor
For long term exposure, use Supplied Air Respirator
In case of fire: Use foam, dry chemical, CO2, water or spray fog.
Grounding: When transferring, fill stem and container must be grounded and bonded.


Keep away from heat, sparks, and flames. USE WITH ADEQUATE VENTILATION. Avoid prolonged or repeated contact with skin. Avoid prolonged breathing of vapor or spray mist. Do not take internally. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. Before smoking or eating and after using, cleanse hands thoroughly. Keep container closed when not in use.

Effects of Overexposure:
Prolonged use may cause mild irritation to eyes.

Skin Contact:
Can cause irritation, may be absorbed through the skin and cause defatting.

May cause respiratory irritation, dizziness and drowsiness.

These suggestions and data are based on information we believe to be reliable. They are offered in good faith, but without guarantee, as conditions and methods of use of our products are beyond our control. We recommend that the prospective user determine the suitability of our materials and suggestions before adopting them on a commercial scale.