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Old 10-12-2011, 03:26 PM
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Sikkens Autoclear III

I am fairly new to painting and have a couple of questions about Sikkens Autoclear III.

A relative of mine moved, but left some paint in the garage that he said I could have.

- 1 Gallon of Sikkens Autoclear III
- 1 Gallon of Sikkens Standard Reducer
- 1 Gallon of Sikkens Standard Hardener
- 2 quarts of Silver Paint
- 1 quart of a clear unknown liquid which I am assuming is Sikkens Standard Activator

My questions deal with Autoclear III.

Here is the technical data sheet:

The Technical Data Sheet says to mix Clear, Hardener, and Activator

I always thought Hardener and Activator were interchangeable terms, so as of now I am a bit confused.

1. What does hardener do? I am assuming that it is the catalyst that allows the paint to cure.
2. What does activator do? The Datasheet says it is a reducer (thinning agent), but why is it called activator?

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Old 10-13-2011, 07:12 AM
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The data sheet tells it all for what you need to do, so not sure what the question is.
The third component is reactive for a good reason, so if your planning to re-engineer, you will get in a pack of trouble.

Its a good clear and since it was free, I would not look a gifted horse in the mouth.
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