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.
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:
To flatten Butyrate Dope, or Enamel to full flat:
To flatten Ranthane to semi-gloss:
To flatten Ranthane to full flat:
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.