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

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

E-mail: info@finish1.com
QuickSilver is a new coating product line. Its appearance will simulate a chrome or polished silver finish. It can be applied to any substrate such as metal, wood, plastic and glass. It will give a near mirror finish. QuickSilver is very versatile and can be used on small runs or large items and does not require special equipment.
Suggested Uses: QuickSilver can be used in every industry; hardware, automotive, lighting, trophies, jewelry, fishing lures, statuary, picture frames, cosmetic containers, architectural metal maintenance and more.

• Near mirror finish.
• Many vehicle types.
• Use with your existing conventional spray equipment
• Airdry or bake depending on vehicle.
• Easy application
• Use on small runs or large items.
• Can be toned or antiqued to match almost any metal finish.
• Will work on a variety of substrates, metal; plastic; glass etc.
Nikolas makes four types of QuickSilver for various requirements. This sample pack is supplied with #12594, and #12596.
#12594 QuickSilver AC air dry; should be used over #12559 Black Epoxy Primer or equivalent.
#12596 QuickSilver AC air dry; will work without primer on ABS; acrylic and urethane plastic.
#12598 QuickSilver HC Bake bake at 275 degrees F for 30 minutes. Should be used over a baked basecoat. This version holds its brightness better than our other versions.
#12600 3.5 QuickSilver AC VOC Compliant version of #12596 QuickSilver AC.
Sample Pack Contents:
#12559 Black Epoxy Primer PT. A
#12191 Epoxy Hardener PT H Acetone
#12594 QuickSilver AC - For use on metal, over primer
#12596 QuickSilver AC - For use on plastic, no primer required
#11727 Gold Toner RFU
QuickSilver Sample Pack Instructions Full set of MSD Sheets
Directions for Use: Base Coat Primer
QuickSilver will metalize well on a variety of basecoats. Basecoats which will not re-dissolve give the best results. Bakes, urethanes, and two part epoxies are all suitable. This sample pack is supplied with a two part epoxy, #12559 Black Epoxy Part A with its hardener #12191 Epoxy Hardener.

Using a primer as a basecoat for QuickSilver is important for two reasons. First, it insures the best adhesion of the QuickSilver to the substrate. Second, it smoothes any imperfections that may be present on the substrate such as casting or polishing marks.

When used on basecoats that will re-dissolve, the metalizing effect of QuickSilver is disturbed and subsequently is not as bright. The same problem occurs when top coating QuickSilver with clears or toners, and much of the metalizing effect is muted.
Directions for Use: Application
Metalizing with QuickSilver is accomplished in three steps: Primer Coat; QuickSilver Metalizing Coat; and clear or toned Topcoat
For Plastic Substrates:
Plastics: When applying QuickSilver to ABS, Acrylic or Urethane, a primer coat is generally not needed. Care should be taken to remove any mould release agents prior to application of #12596 QuickSilver to the surface of the plastic.
For Metal Substrates:
Primer Coat: For primer coat use Nikolas #12559 Black Epoxy Primer. Mix ratio is: one part #12559 Black Epoxy Primer; one part #12191 Epoxy Hardener; and one part Acetone. Mix components thoroughly. Adjust atomizing air to 45 to 50 PSI, and apply. #12559 should appear glossy and wet, but be careful not to flood as runs and sags will occur. To air dry, allow #12559 Black Primer to cure overnight before proceeding. To force dry, flash off 5 minutes then bake at 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit for thirty minutes. Coating is cured after it has fully cooled.

Metalizing Coat: For metal substrates use #12594 QuickSilver AC after following step for primer coat, for plastic substrates use #12596 QuickSilver AC without primer. Mix QuickSilver thoroughly. QuickSilver is ready for use and further reduction is not recommended. Set air pressure between 35 to 40 PSI. Apply one wet coat, multiple coats will not be as bright. Wet, QuickSilver will appear dull, but will turn brilliant as it dries. Allow QuickSilver coat to set 2 hours before proceeding. To force dry, flash off 5 minutes and bake between 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit for thirty minutes. Fully cool to room temperature before proceeding.

Clear or Tone Coat: Prepare clear lacquer or toner for spraying. Set air pressure between 45 to 55 PSI. Apply a thin wet coat, and allow coat to set at least 30 seconds. Apply a final full wet coat and allow to air dry overnight before packing or force dry as mentioned in previous steps. Product can be packed 1 hour after cooling. This kit contains #11727 Gold Toner RFU. #11727 is pre-thinned, no further reduction is required. Stir well before using.
Allow sufficient cure time between coats. Fully cured base coat and QuickSilver coat will hold the metalizing effect better than if the steps are rushed.

When applying QuickSilver, cover the piece in one continuos wet coat. Don't spend too much time spraying in detailed areas. Because of its low viscosity QuickSilver will flow well into tight spots. QuickSilver will not metalize well if a second QuickSilver coat is sprayed, so do as good a job as possible in one pass, and stop spraying. Just stand back and watch it dry.

To achieve any abrasion resistance, QuickSilver requires a clear or toned topcoat. Some brilliance of the metalizing will be lost when the topcoat is applied. This can be minimized by allowing full cure time of base coat and metalizing coat. Do not spray too heavy when applying first top coat pass. Allow the coat to flash off at least 30 seconds before applying a full final wet coat.
Protective Equipment
Eyes: Safety glasses
Skin: Neoprene rubber gloves
Respiratory: NIOSH approved respirator for organic vapor.
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.

Inhalation: 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.