Product Information HARLEQUIN
DH987 Cyan to Purple
DH991 Magenta to Gold
DH988 Silver to Green
DH993 Purple to Orange
DH989 Green to Purple
DH994 Gold to Silver
DH990 Blue to Red
Harlequin Basecoat colours contain unique multi-layer
pigment flakes that give a paint film the ability to literally change
viewed from different angles. Each colour exhibits a wide range
of hues depending on the angle at which it is viewed and the angle of
incidence of the light.
These colours are totally compatible with the PPG Global Refinish System range of products, and can be used as the G.R.S. Basecoats.
PREPARATION OF SUBSTRATE
Apply over properly prepared surfaces. A 2K primer is strongly recommended such as D839, D8023, D836, D838, D857, D8022. This should be carefully sanded, finishing with 500 grade paper (dry) or P1000 (wet). The surface should then be very thoroughly cleaned prior to the application of colour.
INTRODUCTION TO HARLEQUIN
The Harlequin Basecoat colours contain unique multi-layer interference pigments that give a paint film the ability to literally change colour when viewed from different angles. Each colour exhibits a wide range of hues depending on the angle at which it is viewed, and the angle of incidence for the incoming light. More than just a subtle variation in shade, the colour undergoes an almost magical transformation in appearance : from a deep red to a blazing metallic gold, for example; or from a cool luminous silver to a smooth satiny green.
The pigments are manufactured by deposing ultra-thin layers of three colourless materials on a carrier film via precise physical vacuum deposition. The pigment is then removed from the carrier in the form of tiny flakes just a few micrometers in size. Although the materials that make up the flake are colourless, the constructed flake creates colour through the selective reflection of light. Different colours are produced by precisely controlling the thickness of the mirror like layers within the pigments flake structure. Because the total flake thickness is on the order of one micrometer, layer thickness must be controlled to within a few atoms. The image below actually shows the very smooth and flat construction of these flakes :
Range of Products?
Harlequin is in fact a range of special effect tinters which are totally compatible with the PPG Global Refinish System range of products, and can be used as the G.R.S Basecoats.
There are seven special effect tinters :
The above photograph gives you a good indication of the tremendous variation in colour that can be observed with this range of products.
There is a specific Colour Card for Harlequin and this can be ordered using the reference R3060.
Why are there two colour names in the Tinter description?
The tinter description actually describes the 'variation' in colour rather than giving an actual colour name. The latter is actually not possible because of the huge variation in colour from one angle to another. For example, if we refer to DH987 'Cyan to Purple', this describes the colours when viewed at approximately 90° and 45° respectively.
What can you paint with Harlequin?
Virtually anything that moves - motorcycles, bicycles, boats, snowmobiles - is a perfect showcase for the incredible colour shifting ability of Harlequin.
A number of our competitors already have similar products. However, the major difference between Harlequin and the rest (Kameleon, Mystic & Chromulsion), is that Harlequin is highly concentrated and is a base coat system. The competitor systems are tri-coats, they require the use of a ground coat of colour. Harlequin covers in two to three coats, just like the Deltron Global, and can be clear coated with any of the clears that you use presently for Deltron Global.
Can I use Harlequin to obtain my 'own' custom colour?
Harlequin colours can be "let down" and used as a mid-coat colour with D941. In doing so you can achieve more transparency when using a ground coat such as Black, White etc. D941 can be used in any quantity necessary to achieve your desired effect. (Example: 100 parts D941 : 1 part Harlequin colour) D841 or D884 hardener must be used in both the ground coat and the mid-coat at a ratio of 5% by volume to the thinned colour.
Deltron Global tinters can also be added to achieve a particular look or colour. However, adding clear or colour to Harlequin will drastically reduce it's vividness. As proof of this, take the sprayed out Harlequin and compare it to the Kameleon, Chromalusion or Mystic colours.
Harlequin Essence - Intermix Formulas?
We have created a special range of sixteen 'Intermix formulas' called Harlequin Essence, our own range of custom colours if you like. The formulas for these will be in Access Lite & Prophet, the intelligent balances but 'not' in the microfiche.
The colours available are:
We will include with this colour literature the formulas for the sixteen Harlequin Essence colours in a separate document. The formulations for these are contained in the following table.
Harlequin Essence Colour Card
There is a specific piece of Colour Literature which costs approximately 6 Euros and this can be ordered using the reference R3061.
The sixteen Harlequin Essence colours are displayed in a double page colour card. By tilting the colour chips, the full effect of the individual tinters may be observed.
Technical Data Sheet
The technical data sheet reference is RLD153E00x where x is the language denominator.
Can I use Access Lite & Prophet plus the Easymix to mix Harlequin?
Yes. Harlequin & Harlequin Essence can be mixed using both Access Lite & Prophet together with all PPG Smartscales.
Will Harlequin & Harlequin Essence be on the microfiche?
No. Given the very small number of formulas and some technical problems, the Harlequin & Harlequin Essence will not be on the microfiche.
A great way of promoting Harlequin is with 'SPEED SHAPES'. These are small car forms made with a special resin. These come unpainted and need to be painted in your local training centre.
In order to obtain these an order needs to be made using the following order information:
StarTech Inc, 111 East
Pond Drive, Romeo, MI. 48065
Harlequin colours can be used for standard repairs, and Smart Repairs to smaller areas. Some of the custom colours are more difficult to match than others but if the standard PPG repair guidelines are followed, there should be no problems.
Preparation of the Substrate?
Harlequin should be applied over properly prepared surfaces. A 2K primer is strongly recommended such as D839, D8023, D836, D838, D857, D8022. This should be carefully sanded, finishing with 500 grade paper (dry) or P1000 (wet). The surface should then be very thoroughly cleaned prior to the application of colour.
There is no mystery to spraying or repairing Harlequin. You use the same procedures and processes you would use in applying or repairing Deltron Global. Custom finishes are supposed to be hard to apply and repair but make no mistake, Harlequin is Deltron Global. Because Harlequin is a basecoat and not a tri-coat, it is easier to apply, and covers in fewer coats than the competitors.
When it comes to repairing certain colours, some areas need blending onto adjacent panels to achieve the desired effect. Those colours using undercoats, or tinted clearcoats, require fade out repairs to each process from the undercoat to the clearcoat. This therefore means that larger areas will be required to complete the repair.
Do I need other special products to use Harlequin?
Harlequin colours can be "let down" and used as a mid-coat colour with D941. In doing so you can achieve more transparency when using a ground coat such as Black White etc. D941 can be used in any quantity necessary to achieve your desired effect. (Example: 100 parts D941 : 1 part Harlequin colour). In this case the hardener D841 must be used in both the ground coat and the mid-coat at a ratio of 5% by volume to the thinned colour.
What special equipment do I need to mix it?
Nothing special. This can be used just like the standard Basecoat Tinters.
What size and type of packs do the products come in?
The Harlequin tinters are supplied in special, easy to handle, acqupour cans containing 1pint (0.473litres) of product.
This special can allows easy and accurate pouring - no loss of this very expensive tinter which you would normally observe in the rim of a standard can.
Is it covered by the PPG 36 Month Paint Performance Guarantee?
Custom or exotic finishes, to which Harlequin belongs, are excluded from coverage under the Global Paint Performance Guarantee.
What health and safety precautions do I have to take when using Harlequin?
There are no particular hazards associated with Harlequin, but as for any sprayed paint product an air-fed mask must be used during application. And when mixing or handling the product, the usual personal protective equipment must be worn (gloves, protective overalls, and safety glasses).
MSDS & VOC Level
There is a single generic MSDS for all the Harlequin tinters. The VOC value for the seven Harlequin Tinters is 702g/l.
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