HARLEQUIN
- A Collection of Designer Colours

Product Information HARLEQUIN

Basecoat Colour

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

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Harlequin Basecoat colours contain unique multi-layer pigment flakes 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 of the light.
The standard colour names above reflect the colour seen at approximately 90o and 45o respectively.

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.

APPLICATION GUIDE

 

Standard Mixing

Settling may occur in shipping. Hand stir thoroughly before the addition of thinners.


Mixing ratio:

BC Colour 1 volume

Thinner* 1 volume

Note: Mechanically agitate after thinning (2 minutes on a paint shaker).

Tri-coat Mixing - 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 groundcoat 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 groundcoat and the midcoat at a ratio of 5% by volume to the thinned colour.

Use the appropriate thinner depending upon application temperature.

 

Potlife: Standard mix: No limit ( stir well before using)
Tri-coat mix: When using D841 or D884 - the pot life is 1 hour.

Spray gun set-up: 1.3mm - 1.5mm fluid tip
set spraygun up to manufacturers recommendations

Number of coats: 2-3 or until hiding is achieved

Film build: 25 microns for optimum performance. If using as a Tri-coat, apply as many coats as needed to achieve desired colour.

Flash-off between coats: 5 - 10 minutes

Drying times at 20C: Before application of clear
15 minutes minimum
24 hours maximum

Clear: Any Global Refinish System Clear may be used over this basecoat.

NOTES

1. Custom or exotic finishes are excluded from coverage under the Global Paint Performance Guarantee.

2. For additional information refer back to datasheet EU02 - Global basecoats.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

For comprehensive Health, Safety and Environmental advice, please refer to relevant Material Safety Data Sheets and Product Can labels. Use the recommended safety equipment.

INTRODUCTION TO HARLEQUIN
Some questions answered

Product Description?

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 :
DH987 Cyan to Purple
DH988 Silver to Green
DH989 Green to Purple
DH990 Blue to Red
DH991 Magenta to Gold
DH993 Purple to Orange
DH994 Gold to Silver

Example :

The above photograph gives you a good indication of the tremendous variation in colour that can be observed with this range of products.

Colour Cards?

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.

 

DH987 Cyan to Purple Shifts from cyan through purple to warm red
DH988 Silver to Green Shifts from silver through the full range of
greens into purplish blue
DH989 Green to Purple Shifts from green through purple into
reddish orange
DH990 Blue to red Shifts from blue through purple to warm red
DH991 Magenta to Gold Shifts from magenta through red, orange
and gold into yellow
DH993 Purple to Orange Shifts from purple through red into orange
DH994 Gold to Silver Shifts from gold to bluish silver

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.

Competitor Products

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:

HE98-9882 Meadow Green HE98-9914 Cinnabar
HE98-9892 Night Frost HE98-9881 Golden Green
HE98-9875 Blue Grape HE98-9912 Azurite
HE98-9873 Royal Cherry HE98-9913 Malachite
HE98-9911 Automn Glo HE98-9921 Ruby
HE98-9901 Dusty Blue HE98-9884 Rootbeer
HE98-9894 Ocean Blue HE98-9891 Plum
HE98-9903 Blue Amethyst HE98-9871 Evening Sky

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.

 

ESSENCE FORMULAS

ESSENCE FORMULAS - cont'd

 

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.

Speed Shapes

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:

Contact Details:

StarTech Inc, 111 East Pond Drive, Romeo, MI. 48065
Tel : 810 752 2460 Fax : 810 752 2499

www.startechservices.com

Repairs?

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.

Spray Technique?

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.

Blending?

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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