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Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal


I need to repaint a few cabinet door fronts and have just a little bit of resistant left. I have almost enough to make it but want to stretch it just a bit if I can. Is it possible to cut it with some Krystal or something else to make it go a little further so I do not have to buy another gallon?


10/27/21       #2: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...
Leo G Member

I wouldn't.

10/27/21       #3: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...
Daniel Shafner Member

No!!!!! These are 2very different animals, 2 different resin systems. You have no choice at all but to ante up for like with like, i.e., shell out the shrinking kings for another gallon. If you add 20% or even 25% reducer, you can do that, unless you have a finish that's too translucent to be useful as a pigmented topcoat. But you better have nothing more coarse than an 800 grit scratch/scuff pattern or else you'll be looking at your sand scratches telegraphing into your topcoat.

10/28/21       #4: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...

What is your topcoat?

10/29/21       #5: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...


Ask your area's tech rep. If He/she does not know for sure, ask the rep to contact a Cambell chemist with your interesting question. Both products, I believe, use the same catalyst, same % of catalyst and reducers.

10/29/21       #6: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...
Daniel Shafner Member

Read my answer above. It's definitive. You can spray on product over the other cured product, Resisrant over Krystal or Krystal over Resistant. You cannot mix the two liquids together and end up with a decent topcoat. What will happen if you do mix them? You may end up with a topcoat that curdles. You may end up with a topcoat that doesn't level nicely. You may end up with a topcoat that lacks the durability and/or the performance that you sold to your customer. Or combinations of those maladies, or something unseen amd unpredictable. What you won't end up with is a solution to your problem. Buy more Resistant or add in more lacquer thinner to what you catalyze on hand. Period.

10/31/21       #7: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...


Still doesn't hurt to ask and receive a Cambell chemist's definitive response.

10/31/21       #8: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...
Leo G Member

We know the answer. The chemist isn't even going to try to figure it out. He's going to say buy another gallon.

11/1/21       #9: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...

Well Leo G, I can't say I disagree re getting another gallon; yet I suspect the sales rep would say that whereas the chemist may well know, if not off the top of his/her head, pdq. And I would wager he/she would be inclined to speak the facts at any rate.

And, I am sure, a new batch of paint will exactly match the old. Not holding my breath on that one. Not knowing the client let alone where the fronts fit in the scheme of things...

All that being said, I would still ask a professional - i.e. a Cambell chemist. Knowledge is a wonderful thing, and one can't know until one asks as me mum often said. In fact I think I will.

11/1/21       #10: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...


Oh boy, just had another thought.

Get a gallon of resistant neutral. Good to have around anyway. As I recall, Cambell has one for resistant and turino as well. If your rep is well stocked, they should have it; I wouldn't add more than 10% - 15% at most anyway.

then call the chemist!

11/1/21       #11: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...
Daniel Shafner Member

Resistant, Turino, and Stealth are available in both pigmented and also clear stain bases. Without any colorant added, the gallon cans are shorted so that you have room to add in pigmented or dye colorants.

The pigmented bases are used to make whites, pastels, and light colors. Dark or bold colors go into the clear base.

Why use a clear base instead of Krystal? Krystal will tolerate up to 6% of the IC800 series colorant, as will the clear bases.Holding the added colorant in suspension, the clear bases do a better job of this than will Krystal.

These three catalyzed varnish systems each have their own resin systems. You can't pour one into the other. Resistant

11/9/21       #12: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...

Years ago I did this sort of thing, using Stealth and "KlearVar". I was running out of the pigmented but needed 1 more coat on maybe 3 items, so I mixed it and it turned out fine, since both products were the same sheen and the same catalyst and catalyst ratios.

YOUR mileage may vary. I tried this once with Sherwin Williams stuff (clear and paint, same catalyst but different catalyst ratios) and the final product looked like Rustoleum Hammered look, so I don't do that with that particular SW product.

12/6/21       #13: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...

Geoff, et. al.,

Well I did it.
And the response from the Cambell Chemist: One can add krystal to turino as well as resistant with the following caveats:
1) adding too great a percentage of clear to the paint may create a color shift ( I say anything over 15% mixed into undiluted base paint may be pushing it)
2) adding too great a percentage of appropriate neutral... same potentially negative result.
3) add appropriate thinner, again mind the percentage!
4) buy enough paint to begin with!!
And then he laughed. Thought he was funny.
Of course he's right. And shit happens. So it's good to have a wee bit more knowledge, I say.
Cheers and may all your projects be as smooth as silk.

12/6/21       #14: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...
Leo G Member

Well if paint was $30/gal that wouldn't be an issue. But at $60-$120/gal you start to try to not have extra around at the end of the job.

Polarion plus the catalyst is pushing $120/gal these days.

12/7/21       #15: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...

The MLC tech support has always been excellent. I respect people when the tell you the truth that you can do something even when you should not. At the very least, they give you the permission to ruin your work at your own behest.

12/7/21       #16: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...

Yeah Leo,
That's why so many of us have the need to stretch pigmented product with thinner, neutral, and/or clear. Scrambling to stretch product got old at least 30 years ago. I would rather have a limited stock of paint kicking around to use as base for a one off job, such as a vanity, and add colorants to "match" provided sample. Also, if the cost of a gallon is gonna mean winner v loser for a job, maybe you need to review your pricing evaluations

And Adam, I just don't seem to understand to what you are referencing - there are oodles of ways to ruin a project. Not as many to save a project me thinks.

12/7/21       #17: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...
Daniel Shafner Member

I stand corrected with regard to mixing one finish with another. That said don't add anything to Stealth other than Care Catalyst and Care Reducer. Stealth doesn't tolerate our attempts at alchemy.

12/8/21       #18: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...

Chemistry Daniel, not alchemy silly boy.

12/8/21       #19: Mixing MLC Resistant and Krystal ...
Daniel Shafner  Member

It's alchemy. None of us are chemical engineers, silly or not.

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