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Carbon Coating

Introduction

"Carbon Coat" 10h+ graphene for metal by Carbon Method is a revolutionary coating system that prevents rust and reduces friction on the working surface of cast iron and other metal tools. Carbon Coat is a graphene coating that fills pores in cast iron and adds a nanolayer of protection that completely seals the work surface. Boasting a hardness of 10h (really hard), Carbon Coat provides long-lasting protection against water, oil, and chemicals, reducing wear and eliminating rust when installed properly.

Carbon Coat replaces traditional waxes and sprays and minimizes maintenance. Carbon Coat can be used on virtually every tool in your shop. Stop waxing and get more done with Carbon Coat. Welcome to the future of nanoprotection!

Overview

Please read directions thoroughly before beginning application. If you have any questions, video instructions and contact information are available at carbonmethod.com.

Apply in a well-ventilated area. Ensure that the area is controlled to prevent dust or other contaminants.

Carbon Coat is applied by hand, buffed, and allowed to cure.

Choose a working area on the surface less than 6 square feet. If your work surface is greater than 6 square feet, multiple application areas are recommended. We suggest coating the tool in sections where there are natural breaks in the tool surface.

Table saw broken into sections.

If a tool has no natural breaks in the surface under 6 square feet, we suggest breaking it into sections. Overlap these adjoining sections as little as possible while still providing coverage. This overlap can be blended into an even surface in the Leveling / Buffing step of the application process.

Carbon Coat sets quickly and has a working time of 1 to 5 minutes for each layer of application, depending on local humidity and temperature, before coating begins to cure. You will need to allow Carbon Coat to cure for 60 minutes, before applying subsequent layers, depending on temperature and humidity.

Please discard any used applicator pads. Once dried, the material is of course extremely hard, and has many grinding edges when dried into the microfiber applicator. This makes it a real risk for scratching any surfaces it's accidentally applied to, and just isn't worth the risk. Once the material has dried in the applicator, simply discard it and use another.

Removing Previous Coatings

Before the first layer of application, remove all oils, waxes, silicone sprays, polymers, or any other previously applied protection products. There are several methods of doing this: chemically, mechanically, etc. We suggest using the method you feel most comfortable with. Ultimately, you have to get down to the bare metal. During this process, remove any surface rust or stains. You can also remove any unwanted scratches at this time. Some tools come with special coatings applied at the factory; be careful not to remove these coatings. Carbon Coat can be applied right over those coatings.

After stripping previous coatings and exposing bare metal, remove all metal dust with denatured alcohol, mineral spirits, or isopropyl alcohol. Continue applying the chosen solvent to the tabletop until your rag wipes away clean. Completely remove any possible contaminations to prevent the top from potentially rusting under the coating.

1. Preparation

Put on latex or nitrile gloves and wear them throughout the duration of Carbon Coat installation. This prevents transfer of skin oils to the working surface. If skin oils are present on a cast iron work surface, rust spots will eventually form under the Carbon Coat.

Carbon Cleanse

Thoroughly spray down the metal surface with "Carbon Cleanse" decontaminator for carbon coating application. Carbon Cleanse is a proprietary blend of cleaning agents specifically designed to remove residue of solvents, oils, waxes, silicone, polymers, sap, tar, and other possible contaminants. Take a clean lint-free rag (we recommend blue shop towels) and spread Carbon Cleanse around while you wipe it up, making sure to saturate the entire surface. Repeat this process twice. Carbon Cleanse can leave streaks; be sure to buff off those streaks with a clean rag before proceeding.

2. Application

Thoroughly shake bottle of Carbon Coat graphene coating. Over time, the graphene can settle out of the solution, so shaking the bottle is important. Place cap on any bottles when not in use.

Wet the center of your applicator with Carbon Coat in two parallel lines, making certain to thoroughly saturate your applicator.

Two parallel lines of Carbon Coat running down the length of the applicator pad.

Add more as needed. Always thoroughly shake bottle before re-saturating the applicator. It is always better to apply too much Carbon Coat, as excess material can be addressed during the Leveling / Buffing step.

Create an initial "well line" by applying Carbon Coat in a straight line on your workpiece. Block in your working area by outlining a rectangle with the saturated applicator pad.

Application of Carbon Coat in a square pattern outlining the working area.

The initial application line or "well line" will contain more Carbon Coat than following strokes. It is important to draw from this “well line” during the initial layer application, in order to ensure even application.

After the working area has been blocked in, draw the applicator from the well line to the opposite edge of the working area, until Carbon Coat has been applied to the entire working area, making certain that no part of the working area is dry.

Dragging applicator across working area from the well line.

Change directions 90 degrees, and draw the applicator in a pattern perpendicular to the path of the initial application, alternating directions with the application.

Alternating application back and forth across working area.

Continue alternating directions until you feel a slight resistance. This drag or resistance develops as the solvent begins to evaporate and the coating begins to set.

Do not over-work the surface during this stage, as this can lead to scratches and uneven application.

3. Leveling

Allow the coating to set for 60 to 90 seconds, then level the coating by removing excess material. Lightly drag a dry edge of the applicator at a 45-degree angle. Dragging applicator at a 45 degree angle across working area.

Do not apply pressure at this time. Allow the weight of the applicator to wick the excess material from the work surface. Allow the work area to cure for an additional 1 to 2 minutes prior to buffing. Carbon Coat will cure faster in higher temperatures and higher humidity and slower in cooler temperatures with lower humidity.

4. Buffing

Using a clean Carbon Method microfiber cloth, fold the cloth into quarters. Each buffing must be done with a clean portion of the cloth, so continue unfolding a clean quarter of the cloth for each buffing.

Lightly buff the application area, using a circular motion. Through buffing, resistance will decrease until the surface is slick - similar to buffing out a paste wax. Do not apply excessive force during the buffing stage, as this may cause uneven areas in the final finish.

5. Additional Sections

Repeat steps 2 through 4, working in up to 6 square foot sections, until the entire surface has been coated, making sure to overlap sections slightly.

6. Application of Additional Layers

For future applications, use a fresh side of the applicator pad, or a new applicator as partially-cured ceramic coating within the applicator may cause scuffing in your surface finish.

Allow Carbon Coat to cure for 60 minutes before applying additional layers of Carbon Coat by repeating steps 2 through 5. For optimal protection, 3 to 4 layers of Carbon Coat are recommended.

After all desired coating layers have been applied, allow the coating to cure for at least 24 hours. The longer you allow the coating to cure, the better the results. Do not introduce water or any other liquids to a coated surface for at least 24 hours. The coatings will continue to harden for up to 7 days.

Carbon Glide

While Carbon Coat provides unparalleled protection and a very slick surface, "Carbon Glide" friction reducer for metal was developed to further reduce friction and provide an active wear layer on top of your Carbon Coat.

Thoroughly spray Carbon Glide onto the entire work surface. With a clean rag or paper towel, spread Carbon Glide across the entire surface. Do not apply pressure, simply spread Carbon Glide so that it is evenly distributed on the surface. Allow Carbon Glide to partially dry for 1 minute, then wipe up the excess. You can apply multiple coats if desired.

Reapply Carbon Glide as needed. We suggest weekly to monthly applications, based on use, to ensure maximum protection and slickness.

Maintenance

For best results, reapply 1 to 2 layers of Carbon Coat every 6 to 12 months depending on use of the tool. This reapplication will serve to fill any micro-scratches and ensure continued protection and performance.

To re-apply, remove all dust from the work surface and repeat steps 1 through 6 above.

Storage

Store all products in original packaging, including tubes where applicable. Prevent from freezing.

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