2k Clear coat and hardener question

02-02-2015, 12:16 AM
Hi everyone,

I have what I hope is a simple question. The 2K clear coat and hardener that one can buy on Amazon for example, is that exactly the same stuff I have in my Zero Paints bottles? I'm asking, because in short, the cost of buying Zero 2k from spotmodel shipping etc is getting a bit ridiculous. If I buy "Kustom 2k clear" or "Finish-1 2k clear" from Amazon, will I get the same result as from Zero 2k? I guess at the end of the day Zero 2k clear is decanted from a large container anyway into the smaller bottles we use to be able to buy? Thanks in advance for your responses...

02-02-2015, 02:25 PM
I've used other 2k clears and they all give similar results to Zero. I'm not saying that all 2k's are the same, but unless you're a 2k connoisseur you probably won't notice a massive difference.

02-02-2015, 04:29 PM
Why not test some locally sourced automotive 2K clear on some painted plastic spoons with spare decals applied? The thinners thin it down for use with airbrushes.

02-03-2015, 12:58 AM
Thanks guys for the responses.

Yeah, I won't see the difference that's for sure Steve, I've only just started using the stuff; as long as I can get it shiny with no or little orange peel I'm a happy chappy! Kaj45rpm, you when mean sourced do you mean just go and ask a local body shop for a little bit or how? BTW can we thin the 2k with regular Home Depot/Homebase bought lacquer thinners or what?

02-03-2015, 10:21 AM
you use urethane thinner for 2k urethane. not sure how lacquer thinner would work with 2k urethane but i haven't tried it but i have a feeling it won't work.

02-03-2015, 10:55 AM
nugundam93, thanks! I see on Amazon, they refer to it as "reducer"....Does reducer = thinner?

02-03-2015, 03:28 PM
The Zero paints 2K kit consists of 3 bottles, clear coat, hardener and thinners so I assume the thinners are used for airbrush use as opposed to automotive use.

Maybe a local bodyshop could advise you and supply you with some or put you in touch with a supplier.

02-03-2015, 06:28 PM
Reducer does seem like thinner to me :)

02-03-2015, 06:45 PM
You are correct. Reducer is thinner. For us, a fast reducer is best. You may clean up with any lacquer thinner to control costs. The reducer is best saved for your clear. I highly suggest you visit a local auto body supply. They will answer all your questions. And please save your money by not buying Zero clear. I spent $50 on a 2k kit and House of Kolor fast reducer just over 2 years ago. It was well spent since Ive sprayed close to 10 cars and have plenty 2k left.

02-03-2015, 08:22 PM
Thanks once again guys. I appreciate your help. I think I'll be visiting an auto body shop soon. What I did figure out about reducers today is there are slow medium and fast as cjsbosox mentioned, so that was gonna be my next question but you've answered that already! Thanks.

02-06-2015, 12:27 AM
Keeto - PM me if you have any questions on the 2K systems

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