HS is Raail’s newest product. It stands for High Solids. This product is allowing installs to take half the amount of time. As of today, you can spray one coat of HS as a base (Black or Light Grey) and then spray your colored Raail AirWrap gallons and call it a day. The HS product can ONLY be sprayed via HS Sprayer. Don’t waste your time trying via compressor or turbine. I’ve tried it. Even with a 3.0 tip size. Nothing but webs come out. HS sprayer will come with 2 free HS gallons. Some prep goes in to getting the sprayer primed but overall its super simple. We are getting a ton of positive feedback from installers.
“Wow I now get my weekends back.”
“I spent more time prepping than spraying”
“HS lays super smooth and it was simple to apply”
Q: Where can I buy the HS sprayer?
A: Click here
Q: What all comes with the sprayer?
A: The turbine (which Raail rebuilt some of the components to work with HS), hose, gun, 2 HS gallons (Black or Grey) and a manual.
Q: How many gallons should I need?
A: Size of the vehicle plays a huge factor. We are seeing 1-2 gallons on average. Having extra on hand is always a safe bet. Would hate for the project to come to a holt due to a missing gallon ($90 difference)
Q: Where can I buy HS gallons?
A: Click here
Q: Can I spray something else other than HS from my HS sprayer?
A: Yes, currently we tested AirWrap. You will need a different tip size though. Click here.
Q: Can I get other colors than Grey and Black
A: At the moment Raail is working on a on that. Coming soon!
I personally have a stage 5 Turbine and don't currently have an upgrade 220v outlet or upgrader breaker. I started to run into some issues with the turbine running very very very hot. After doing some basic trouble shooting (cleaning filters, adding more air flow and even switching the turbine to a direct outlet) I still had the issue. So I called the company and they told me to send it back and they would replace it. Thankfully. I thought my issues were solved.... Nope. After using the turbine for a full car the heat started to come back. So hot that I could not hold the 40ft turbine hose. So after going back to the source (Turbine filter cleaned, own outlet, more air flow and turbine on the ground) I have been able to really narrow the issue and now that I'm aware of it... it seems like common info.
So far we have 7 shop lights, power drill, stage 5 turbine and exhaust fan all pulling power from one breaker. Multiple outlets however same amount of amps available. So we would spray the Raail AirWrap with ease. No issues that we saw. Wait a couple hours for the AirWrap to flash and then start to spray the 2k gloss. No issues for the first coat. I waited 10 min and then started with the second coat and thats when the issue occurred. The moment I turn the gun vertical I would get the crystallization effect. Only on the top surfaces. This is caused by too much heat to product flow. I'm sure we could always add more reducer to correct however I want to solve the overheating issue. I personally have seen 2 other shops with a stage 5 turbine have the same exact issue. When I first bought the turbine I decided to get the highest stage I could afford and thought "more is better"...nope.
So here are a few solutions I would suggest.
1. Buy a stage 3 turbine. You will save money. ($330 vs $1000+) You can still spray 2k gloss and get it very smooth.
2. If you want to keep your stage 5 turbine you can upgrade your breaker/power.
3. If you want to keep your stage 5 turbine but you done want to do the above you will need to allow the turbine to cool for 6+ hours. Even then its no guarantee it will not start to over heat again.
Of course having a compressor is ideal however I am not ready for that job. Would love to hear more from someone who is in the electrical industry.
First wash the car with scent free dish soap. This needs to be done 24-48 hours prior to spraying the car. If your car is 2+ years old we suggest clay baring the paint. You can find clay bar in any auto shop or Walmart ($13-$20). Doing this will ensure the surface is smooth prior to the Raail AirWrap application.
Ok now your car is free of any dirt, oils and wax. Should be 100% dry by now. This is very very important. Water likes to sit in cracks and crevices and will only cause issues down the road (pun intended) Now comes the prep. We suggest 3m Blue painters tape, Green solvent resistant paper and Tape-n-Drape. All of this is located at most home improvement stores. Some installers like to leave a gap on the panel they are spraying and others like to mask the entire car. For us personally we like to mask the entire car. Example: if the window trim is chrome and you can either tape the entire trim or leave a gap, exposing 30%-40% of the trim and just peel the AirWrap later. After years of spraying cars we have found not all head lights are the same. Some are high quality plastic and others… not so much. It’s best to just mask the entire headlight vs peeling later and possibly have the solvents effect the plastic. I have yet to see any issues with taillights by the way.
Now your vehicle is prepped. Next step is to clean off any oils from your hands and give your car a final wipe down. It’s best to do this with Prep All (which can also be found at most Auto Parts store) $8 and a lint free towel. Micro fiber towels are ok, they may leave micro fibers behind and cause “Fish Eyes”.
Next, it’s time to start spraying. If you are using a turbine a 1.5 tip size works best. As for the gun setting turn it all the way down an turn up 8 tiny clicks and start with your first coat. This coat should be a light tack coat. Once complete, allow 8-10 minutes to dry and now you can start working on your next coat. Prior to that turn your gun up two more clicks. Continue this process till you reach 25-30 clicks on your gun. 3-4 light tack coats to start with. This allows you to build up enough product and ensure you don’t get any “fish-eyes”. Let’s say you do have this issue, applying 2-3 very light coats over will cover. Nothing too major.
A nice guide to follow
Gallon one: Light Tack coats
Gallon two: Medium coats
Gallon three: Medium coats
Gallon four: Wet coats
A few quick tips
-Prep is key
-Take your time
-Allow the paint to flash/dry between coats
-No need to “heat up” your Raail AirWrap
-Compressor: 15-20 PSI 1.5 tip size
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So now that you have sprayed a few cars and you have an interest in making money liquid wrapping let’s talk about advertising. We have ran a local shop since 2013 and have found a few things that worked and others that haven’t worked. You will need to get your name out there (obviously) and one of the best ways is car shows and car meets. This will allow people to meet you and put a face to your company/car. Wearing a shirt with your company logo and having your company info on your back window of your car helps too. Something simple and effective is key “50% less than wrap or paint” is always a good go to. This peaks peoples interest…. If it’s not a wrap and it’s not auto paint what could it be? And the calls start to come in.
The first thing people think after starting a business is to have business cards made. Yes they look nice but really, when is the last time you bought something because you had a business card? Probably not too recently. Not for this line of business. So what do you do when someone wants your contact info? “Agh I don’t have any cards on me now but, I can text you our Facebook/Instagram/website (whatever you want). 904 area code?” and we have our phone out. By default, 9 time outta 10 people roll out their phone number. You have now gotten their contact number, they now have your link and will have no problem texting you since you opened that door. I immediately save their phone number in my phone such as “Chance Camaro (wants matte black). If you feel like things are super slow you can always text them later “hey it’s ____ from ____. Wanted to see if you had a chance to check out the link I sent ya? What color were you thinking?” (next end a text on a yes or no question). I always always always send them pictures of their car done in other colors I see other shops do. Example: “Hey Chance, a buddy of mine in Texas just spray this Camaro.” And that’s it. Most of the time it creates interest and you spraying their car is a thought again.
Going to car shows/meets isn’t a forever thing and definitely isn’t the only way to advertise. Social Media plays a huge part. We personally don’t have a website for our shop. We only use FB and IG. This does a couple things, it shows our reviews, other likeminded people are here and displays our work. Even sharing other shops work (giving credit where credit is due) helps. The goal is to stay in front of people. Think about social media as a platform to advertise and a color portfolio. Next form of advertising is the good ole “hey man will you sponsor us? We go to a ton of car shows and will get you so much business.” We hear that all the time. Yes its effective and works much better if you have 3+ cars done like this. Long story short, our very first car we spray (business wise) was a Scion TC who said “do you have any sponsorships” and we told him “yes we do. Its 50% off and we tag your back window with our company info.” At this point we had two cars on the road with our company info. We became very close with the client (actually closest friends today) and touched base with him when a big car show came up. 5+ years later we have 15+ cars on the road with our company info on the back window. Imagine going to a car show with 10 plus cars sprayed and it has your company info on the back window. Yes you will take a minor hit on the front end however its daily advertising for you.
Overall it’s a people business. Doing good work is key. Going to an event or having a potential client seeing your car (or sponsored car) looking rough is never a good sign. Do good work and you’ll get good work. What other tips have you found that work or don’t work? What other service(s) do you offer at your shop? Are you cross advertising? We would love to hear from you. Feel free to check out other blogs we have here.