Flattener


Use:

Flattener is a liquid product with silica flattener added. It is used to reduce the gloss of Butyrate Dope, Enamel, or Ranthane. Adding flattener in increasing amounts can result in semi-gloss or full military flat depending on the percentage added. Flattening is an inexact science; it is always best to spray a sample then let it dry to insure you are achieving the flatness desired.

Packaging: Quarts and pints.

Shelf Life: Two years.

Mixing: Flattener must be stirred and shaken regularly to insure that all the silica is in suspension.

Application:

First: Get bigger containers for mixing. Since flattener always increases the volume of the paint, if you plan on flattening a whole quart or gallon at one time, you will need empty cans or containers big enough to hold the flattened product. For example, if you are going to flatten a quart of Ranthane, you will need an empty gallon can with a lid if you plan to store it after flattening.

Second: Always do a test spray to insure you are getting the level of flatness you desire. Flatten a small amount, spray and let it dry. Do this before you commit to painting your airplane. Adjust the amount of flattener if necessary; again, flattening is not an exact science. Test first!

To flatten Butyrate Dope, or Enamel to semi-gloss:

  • 1. Add four parts paint to one part flattener. (Eight fluid ounces of flattener per quart of paint.)
  • 2. Thin normally
  • To flatten Butyrate Dope, or Enamel to full flat:

  • 1. Add two parts paint to one part flattener. (Sixteen fluid ounces of flattener per quart of paint.)
  • 2. Thin normally
  • To flatten Ranthane to semi-gloss:

  • 1. Add four parts paint to one part flattener. (Eight fluid ounces flattener per quart of paint.)
  • 2. Then catalyze this flattened mixture normally. (2 parts flattened paint to one part catalyst.)
  • 3. Then thin the catalyzed, flattened paint normally. (3 parts catalyzed paint to one part G-4200 Reducer.)
  • To flatten Ranthane to full flat:

  • 1. Add two parts paint to one part flattener. (16 fluid ounces of flattener per quart of paint.)
  • 2. Then catalyze this flattened mixture normally. (2 parts flattened paint to one part catalyst.)
  • 3. Then thin the catalyzed, flatted paint normally. (3 parts catalyzed paint to one part G-4200 Reducer.)
  • NOTE: YOU WILL NEED EXTRA CATALYST.

    Since the flattened paint yields more sprayable product, you will need some extra catalyst. In this case, each quart of semi-gloss, flattened Ranthane will need an extra pint of catalyst, each gallon an extra quart and a pint. This is more than required, but will allow you to use all the flattened paint with a little extra.