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Majic Catalyst Hardener, Clear, Half Pt.

SKU: 117712799
Majic Catalyst Hardener, Clear, Half Pt.
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Majic Catalyst Hardener is a special catalytic agent that will accelerate drying time and improve the film properties of Majic Tractor, Truck, & Implement Enamel and Majic Rust Kill Enamel.

  • Provides a convenient method for elevating the performance of these finishes for heavy industrial service, caustic environments or high maintenance areas

Specification Description
Package Type: Can
Package Size: 0.25 Quart
Brand: Majic
Warranty: N/A
Type: Oil-Based
Manufacturer Part Number 8-0950-4
Majic Catalyst Hardener, Clear, Half Pt. is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Manic enamel catalyst I bought this to use in some Rustoleum stop rust enamel that I sprayed a welder with. Used at the recommended ratio and Hardener did it’s job. The wind blew 1 part on the ground so I baked the freshly sprayed panel for 30 minutes at 150 and paint was super hard and I was able to wet sand and reshoot the panel. The hardener does add a slight gloss to the finish but not too much. Overall I was happy with the results and will continue using the catalyst when ever I spray enamel.
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Paint does not get hard I bought this to go with the matching brand paint and mixed it as instructed but the paint does not get hard. One moth later and I can still tap it with my finger nail and leave impressions easily.
Date published: 2020-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Hardener Used this product with the gallon of paint I used in an electric sprayer and it really helped the paint to harden up on my livestock trailer
Date published: 2019-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked as expected. Bought to add to John Deere Blitz Black. Worked great.
Date published: 2018-10-14
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the 8:1 and 16:1 mixing ratio's, is that by volume or weight?

Asked by: Tomjamison
By volume.
Answered by: AshleyBe
Date published: 2019-11-20

Can you use this in Rustoleum Low gloss balck that you sell in your store?

Asked by: MarkCappy
Majic Catalyst Hardener is recommended only for use with specific Majic Brand Products, such as Majic Tractor, Truck & Implement Enamels. I would not recommend this product be used with Rustoleum, or other brand products, without first consulting their technical services department.
Answered by: NRoberts
Date published: 2019-11-20

can u use the catalyst hardener in acrylic enamel

Asked by: TALL
Majic Catalyst Hardener should not be used with acrylic enamels. Catalyst Hardeners react with hydroxyls found in alkyd resins – the reaction between hydroxyls and isocyanates form a urethane molecule that unites these hydroxyls into a harder, stronger, more continuous film. These hydroxyls are not found in acrylic resin chains, so the catalyst hardener has nothing to react with. If a catalyst hardener were added to a solvent borne acrylic coating, it probably would not cause any functional, or performance, issues – but no benefit would be realized by doing so… The reactive component of a catalyst hardener is isocyantes, which will react with moisture (humidity) if a hydroxyl is not present. So, from strictly an aesthetics perspective, If moisture, in the form of humidity, is pulled into the finish to react with the isocyanates, the most common result is an indelible “blush” will form into the film, causing the finish to look hazy, and faded. Simple answer – Not recommended. But this explanation also pertains to “over-catalyzing” a product that will react with a Catalyst Hardener (such as Majic Tractor & Implement Enamel). Using too much catalyst may result with the same effect as described above.
Answered by: NRoberts
Date published: 2019-11-20

If you brush on paint should you use hardener and if so how much.

Asked by: gjll
Majic Catalyst Hardener is an optional additive to Majic Tractor, Truck & Implement Enamels to increase hardness, and accelerate curing of the finish enamel. If you decide to use Majic Catalyst Hardener, #8-0950, the mix ratio will be the same for brush, roll or spray application. Always mix Majic Catalyst into Majic Tractor & Implement Enamel at a rate of 16:1 (16 parts T&I Enamel to 1 part Catalyst Hardener). Be sure to read and follow package directions carefully pertaining to Mixing, Safety & Disposal. Once mixed, allow product to stand, undisturbed, for 20-30 minutes before application... Only convert that which can be applied within an 8 hour period of time – after 8 hours, any un-used catalyzed enamel should be discarded. Majic Catalyst Hardener is designed, and recommended, for mixing into Majic Tractor & Implement Enamels – not for use with primers, nor with the optional Clear Coat High Gloss Lacquer. For brush application, we will still recommend thinning product between 5-10% with Majic Reducer. The reason for this is two-fold…(1) Majic T&I enamels are VOC compliant, high solids coatings that, when applied full-bodied, may sometimes “drag” and not level all that well (especially if humidity is high) – the addition of Majic Reducer allows the product to remain VOC compliant, but aids in the flow & leveling of the applied film…. (2) Again, due to the high solids content, brushing can easily be applied too heavy – reduction helps to keep the application to within the recommended applied thickness of 2.5 mils wet. Please remember that, whether brushing – or spraying, the product needs to be applied in very thin coats (recommended 2.5 mils wet), and allow a full 24 hours (minimum) to dry between coats. Too heavy an application, and/or re-coating too soon may result in a film that won’t dry “hard” for several days…or longer.
Answered by: NRoberts
Date published: 2019-11-20

What ratio do I use with the paint and how much reducer the use? Can I use lacquer thinner as a reducer ? Thanks

Asked by: Mark1234
Majic Tractor & Implement Enamels and Primers are heavy duty industrial oil/alkyd products, and are packaged VOC compliant - nationwide. Majic Reducer, #8-0750, is a proprietary blend of “exempt” solvents, and mixes perfectly with the solvent structure of Tractor & Implement products – because the solvents in Majic Reducer are “exempt” – they add 0 VOC to the host product, keeping the product legal, and environmentally responsible. For spray application, an 8:1 ratio is recommended (8 parts Majic T&I Product to 1 part Majic Reducer). This is a “plus-or-minus” ratio as the spray equipment used, the atmospheric conditions at time of application, and the end-users personal preferences, will determine the actual ratio. The proper ratio will result in a fine, continual atomization of product, and allows for best “flow & leveling” of the applied film. As already mentioned, the reduction ratio may change – daily – based on the atmospheric conditions at time of application. Adding more solvent than the recommended 8:1 ratio will not hurt the product – but may result in a diminished gloss. Adding less solvent than recommended, may result in a slight “orange-peel” texture. Never reduce with Lacquer Thinner – Lacquer thinner will turn the product to a gel (making it near impossible to spray, and clean-up), PLUS, lacquer thinner will attack and dissolve the resin, so that if it were able to be applied, much of the film’s protective properties would be severely compromised. Regarding Majic Catalyst Hardener, #8-950: Majic Catalyst Hardener is not the same as reducer, but may be used, in conjunction, with Majic Reducer. Majic Catalyst Hardener strengthens the paint film (increasing abrasion resistance) and accelerates the film’s overall cure time (allows the product film to reach maximum hardness faster). The mix ratio for Majic Catalyst Hardener is 16:1 (16 parts Majic T&I Enamel to 1 part Majic Catalyst Hardener). This is NOT a plus-or-minus ratio. Do not exceed the 16:1 ratio as it will not create a greater hardness, and may result in an indelible “blush” to the finish. Majic Catalyst Hardener is designed for use with Majic Tractor & Implement Enamels, and is not recommended for use with Primers nor Clear Coat. When mixing Majic Catalyst Hardener, always follow safety, mix an disposal instructions carefully. Do not catalyze more product than can be applied within 8 hours and discard any unused product after 8 hours.
Answered by: DanielB
Date published: 2019-05-04

Will this cause a low gloss paint to gloss?

Asked by: TSCquestion
This is a great question, manufacturers will often claim that the use of their Catalyst Hardener will incrementally increase the gloss of the host product…and this is true (sort of…). What happens is a catalyst-hardener will join loose strands of an alkyd resin chain to form a harder, more continual film. By doing so, some of the microscopic texture & “pinholes” (or voids) of an applied alkyd film will be minimized, if not eliminated. This will give the reflective value of a higher gloss – BUT, the measurable gloss increase is less than 10%, and is not discernible to the human eye (for example, Majic T&I Matte Black has a gloss rating of 0-10, out of 100, on a 60° gloss meter – a 10% gloss increase would be <1 unit). The answer to your question is, “No, a low-gloss (matte) finish will still be a low-gloss (matte) finish. What the Catalyst Hardener will do is increase the measurable film hardness by as much as 30% - which contributes to greater abrasion resistance & slightly better chemical resistance – and accelerates the film “curing” by up to 40% - which means it reaches it’s max level of hardness sooner, than if no catalyst hardener were to be added. Having said all this, Majic Tractor, Truck & Implement Enamels are very hard drying oil/alkyd enamels, and the use of a post-add Catalyst Hardener is completely optional. Majic Catalyst Hardener is NOT recommended for use with Majic T&I Primers, nor Majic Clear Coat High Gloss Lacquer – only for use with Majic T&I finish enamels. Please make sure to read and follow all safety, mixing and disposal directions printed on the product label and Product Data Sheet… Also, please be aware that Majic T&I Products still need to be applied in thin coats, and to allow a full 24 hours dry time between coats (with, or without the use of Majic Catalyst Hardener).
Answered by: NRoberts
Date published: 2019-07-31

Would you still use a clear coat if catalyst hardener is used?  Are there any specific pros or cons using a clear coat if catalyst hardener is used? 

Asked by: Thoran8888
Majic Catalyst Hardener, will increase the hardness of Majic Tractor & Implement Enamels by up to 30% (increasing abrasion resistance), and accelerate the film’s “cure” time by up to 40%. Majic Catalyst Hardener is an optional addition to the product, and is intended for the final application(s) of Majic Tractor & Implement Enamel finishes. In contrast, Majic Clear Coat is an acrylic modified alkyd coating designed to give greater and deeper gloss to the enamel finish, and to protect the enamel finish from the damaging affects of UV light (color fade and loss-of-gloss) – Allow the final coat of enamel to “cure” for 10-14 days prior to application of Clear Coat, do NOT mix Majic Catalyst Hardener into Clear Coat.
Answered by: WillR
Date published: 2019-05-10

Do you have a chart of the mixing ratios for smaller amounts such as 8oz or 16oz? 

Asked by: MBY852
Majic Catalyst Hardener mixes at a ratio of 16:1 (16 parts Majic Tractor & Implement Enamel to 1 part Majic Catalyst Hardener). Majic Catalyst Hardener is packaged in a 1/2 pint can (8 ounces), which is the recommended amount to “convert” an entire gallon (128 ounces) of Majic T&I Enamel. While we don’t publish a mixing chart for Catalyst-Hardener per se, the amount of Hardener, needed to convert lesser amounts than a full gallon, can be determined by dividing the amount to be converted (your example of 8 oz. or 16 oz.) by the ratio amount (16)…example: 8 (ounces of enamel to be converted) / 16 (mix ratio 16:1) = .5 ounce of Catalyst Hardener needed to convert 8 ounces of enamel… or 16 (ounces to be converted) / 16 (mix ratio 16:1) = 1.0 ounces of Catalyst Hardener needed to convert 16 ounces of enamel. When mixing catalyst, always be sure to strictly follow safety, mixing, and disposal instructions carefully. Convert only the amount of product that can be applied in an 8 hour period of time, or less (after 8 hours, converted product should be discarded & disposed of properly). Mix Majic Catalyst Hardener into Majic T&I Enamel (at the 16:1 ratio), and stir thoroughly with a flat paddle. Allow mixture to set, undisturbed, for a period of 20-30 minutes (this is referred to as the “sweat-in” – or “induction” time)…following induction, add appropriate amount of Majic Reducer, and again, stir thoroughly and apply. During application, be sure to apply Majic T&I Enamels in thin coats, and allow 24 hours (minimum) to dry between coats. Too heavy an application, and/or recoating too soon will likely result in a film that won’t dry “hard” for several days…or longer. Majic Catalyst Hardener is not recommended for use with Majic T&I Primers, or Clear Coat.
Answered by: tbelton
Date published: 2020-03-22
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