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Alsa Training Opportunities
Utilizing our state-of-the-art facilities in Los Angeles, CA, we offer free training to any company who has purchased one of our ChromeFX™ systems.

We will demonstrate how to apply ChromeFX™ to a variety of product surfaces and all of the design options that can be achieved using our system.

You will learn how to:

  • Produce the maximum quality possible.
  • Insure that those quality results are produced consistently, every time you use ChromeFX.
  • Minimize waste.
  • Understand how each chemical component reacts to one another.
  • Prepare and handle your products while applying ChromeFX™ to insure quality & safety
  • Use and maintain all spray equipment

Training at our Los Angeles facility can offer your company many benefits; However, it is by no means required in order to successfully implement and use our ChromeFX™ system.

We maintain an experienced staff of experts who are available to train and assist you via phone and email, whenever you should require it. We are committed to helping our customers in any manner that we can.

We know that the way to develop a strong, long-term relationship with our customers is to work with them to insure that they produce the best looking products possible.

As in any industrial finishing process, problems are sometimes encountered with respect to the appearance of the finished product. It is therefore important to know where to look in order to correct any problems that occur.

An effective first step in determining which step of the process is causing the problem is to apply the ChromeFX™ Intermediate Coat to a clean piece of glass, which has not been base coated. If the glass is metallized without any problems, you can then narrow the problem down to the Basecoat or Topcoat.

Please remember that when trying to isolate the problem, the source could lie either with the chemicals or the technique .

If you are still experiencing problems, after testing the ChromeFX™ Intermediate Coat on a piece of glass and looking through this troubleshooting guide, please do not hesitate to contact us for further technical assistance.
Problem: The ChromeFX™ Intermediate Coat deposit comes out blue or cloudy.
Cause / Solution:
  • The base coat may not be dry enough
  • The Activator may be too old and therefore should be changed
  • The de-ionized or distilled water has gone bad and therefore should be replaced
  • The calibration of the gun has been changed so that too much or too little is being sprayed; both amounts must be spraying equally & simultaneously
Problem: The product surface will not accept the Basecoat.
Cause / Solution:
  • Improperly mixed Basecoat:
    • Always mix your basecoat at a ratio of 80/20 basecoat/hardener.
  • Contamination of the product surface.
    • Clean the product surface prior to basecoating with a streak free cleaner.
    • Apply a light, even first coat, let flash, then apply a steady even heavier coat. This can be repeated until you achieve an even sheen.
Problem: Can not achieve an even sheen when applying the activator.
Cause / Solution:
  • The product surface was not properly cured.
    • Let the basecoated surface cure for 24 hours (or force dry) in a contaminant/dust free area before applying the activator.
Problem: There is a hazy or smoky look to the chrome before applying Topcoat.
Cause / Solution:
  • The Activator was not thoroughly rinsed off.
    • Rinse with distilled water taking care to hit every recessed area that may hold activator.
    • Always try to rinse the object from top to bottom to insure a proper sheeting action.
    • Take care to avoid splashing of this rinse back onto already cleaned areas. As this will cause small brown (burnt looking) spots to appear in the chrome coat.
    • Try to maintain a temperature during chrome stage of roughly 70 degrees to prevent a humidity build up when you apply the cool water to the surface.
    • The de-ionized or distilled water may have gone bad and should be replace
  • If a fogginess remains even after blowing the surface dry, place the object in a drying oven for a short period of time to remove the moisture from the surface.
  • Make sure your gun has been set up properly so that the A/AB and B solutions are being applied at the same rate.
Problem: Product surface accepted Basecoat and Intermediate Chrome Coat without issue, but appearance problems occurred after applying clear Topcoat.
Cause / Solution:
  • Make sure to use the ratio indicated on your Topcoat container. Too much Topcoat will make it too thick to properly flow from the gun causing heavy deposits on the surface (orange peel). Too much hardener will cause the Topcoat to try to set up before it can flow out smooth. Leaving you with a far less durable finish.
  • Set your air pressure to no greater than 60 psi.
  • Keep your gun 6-8 inches above the surface and apply in a smooth steady fashion, making sure to keep your gun the same distance from the surface.
  • Allow pieces to cure according to the following:
    • Basecoat: air dry (24-48 hrs.) / force dry (1 hour @130 degrees)
    • Intermediate Coat: air dry (1 hr.) / force dry (10 min. @130 degrees)
    • Topcoat: air dry (12 hrs.) / force dry (1 hour. @ 130 degrees)
      • The temperatures listed above are for plastics. Aluminum, Glass & Ceramics can withstand higher temperatures.
      • For best results products should be force dried, then left overnight to air dry.
      • High speed, continuous line operations do not need to let the products air dry overnight.
If this Troubleshooting Guide has not solved your problem or you need further support, please feel free to Contact Us.
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