Is there a specific temperature that Dakota Shine is to be applied at?
For best results, it is recommended that the temperature of the surface of the equipment be 70° F or above at the time of the application.
Can the Dakota Shine product be diluted so it will last longer?
No. Do not dilute Dakota Shine with any liquid.
What effect will the Dakota Shine process have on machine decals?
None. Dakota Shine will revitalize the appearance of the machine decals to a like-new appearance as it does to the machine surface.
What kind of return on investment does the Dakota Shine process provide?
Dakota Shine Averages 10% or higher within the auction industry. When compared to purchasing direct from DAI, the margin is 30% to sales for end users.
Can the Dakota Shine product be shipped by air-freight?
No, the Dakota Shine product is considered hazardous due to the chemical make-up and the aerosol can of Dakota spray cannot be shipped by air-freight.
Should I wear a respirator when applying Dakota Shine?
It is recommended. If applying a large amount of Dakota Shine on a consistent basis, a respirator is necessary. If applying a small amount of Dakota Shine, use your best judgement.
Is Dakota Shine hazardous?
Yes. Dakota Shine carries a “2” on the NFPA flammability rating, but will burn like lamp oil. So take precautions when uing the product.
How much surface area does 1 gallon of Dakota Shine cover?
If applied correctly, Dakota Sine will cover approximately 400 square feet of surface area, which is equivalent to 4 or more medium sized pickups or two to 3 medium sized tractors.
What is the shelf life for Dakota Shine?
If the cap is kept tightly closed, there is no shelf life for Dakota Shine.
Do I need any experience to use Dakota Shine?
Absolutely not! All you need is some common-sense and the willingness to use a new and exciting product. Application is very simple.
Will applying Dakota Shine in a paint booth hurt the booth?
No. None of the ingredients in Dakota Shine will affect a paint booth.
Can I spot (touch-up) paint areas before applying Dakota Shine?
Yes. After you Prep the surface, you can spot paint the scratches or damaged spots using OEM paint. Dakota Shine must be applied before the paint dries.
Are there any disposal issues with Dakota Shine?
No. Any remaining Dakota Shine can be poured back into the container and reused at a later date.
Does Dakota Shine have to be mixed?
No. Dakota Shine is a ready-to-use product, no mixing required.
What do you use to clean the paint gun?
Lacquer Thinner. Use a basic lacquer thinner to wash out the paint gun, and spray a small amount of lacquer thinner through the nozzle to remove any excess Dakota Shine in the ports.
Will Dakota Shine run?
Yes. If Dakota Shine is applied like a paint (i.e. as a coating), it may run and will not provide the proper results. So apply Dakota Shine as one thin and even spray.
Are there any safety issues with Dakota Shine?
We would recommend that you wear a mask when applying Dakota Shine, especially if you are applying large amounts of Dakota Shine on a consistent basis.
Does Dakota Shine have to be applied in a paint booth?
No. Dakota Shine needs to be applied in a controlled environment. A wash bay, an isolated service bay or a paint booth could be utilized to apply Dakota Shine. It could be outside on a warm (65° – 85°F), calm day on an asphalt/concrete lot, but it is not recommended.
Can Dakota Shine be applied more than once?
Yes. The process is designed to restore the original color, but the surface will begin fading and oxidizing naturally due to the sun. So, you could apply Dakota Shine as part of a yearly maintenance program to keep your surfaces looking like new, or just apply once. Remember, that there must be good pigments remaining under the faded and oxidized pigments to complete our process, if the surface is completely oxidized through, then you must repaint.
Do I need to mask off anything?
Nothing, except plexi-glass. Plexi-glass must be masked off because lacquer thinner can damage the surface. Dakota Shine can be applied up to all galls surfaces. Over-spray can be removed with lacquer thinner and a cotton cloth. Dakota shine will not harm chrome cylinders, lights or gauges; no cleanup is necessary on these surfaces.
What type of surfaces does the Dakota Shine work on?
Dakota Shine can be used on any painted surface, decals, plastics and some rubber components, as long as there is pigment still remaining within the surface/material.
How long does the restored finish last?
The restored color and luster should last as long as the original surfaces did – in comparable conditions.
Is Dakota Shine a clear-coat?
Absolutely not! Dakota Shine is BETTER than a clear-coat and is designed to penetrate/absorb into the surface and restore the faded & oxidized pigments back to their original color. Dakota Shine will not burn, flake or scratch off (unless it has been applied too thick).
A simple test is to put a piece of scotch tape to the surface that you are going to apply Dakota Shine, apply Dakota Shine and remove tape. If applied correctly, you should not be able to feel where the tape was.