General Information

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Product Information

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BETAPRIME™ 5504G

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Personal & Vehicle Protection

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Personal Protection (PPE)

Vehicle Protection

Caution: primers, cleaning solvents and urethane adhesives may permanently adhere to and stain an interior or exterior surface if spilled or dripped on the customer’s vehicle. It may be difficult to remove these materials without damaging a surface

Surface Preparation Guide

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Part Pre-Treatment Process Ceramic Coat Frit/Inner Frit BETABRADE F1 BETACLEAN GC-800 BETAPRIME 5504G Clear Glass No Frit BETABRADE F1 BETACLEAN GC-800 BETAPRIME 5504G - 2 Coats Encapsulated Parts Wet-Scrub/BETACLEAN GC-800 BETACLEAN GC-800 BETAPRIME 5504G Gasket Set Parts Wet-Scrub/BETACLEAN GC-800 BETACLEAN GC-800 BETAPRIME 5504G Metal Frame PVC Slider Wet-Scrub/BETACLEAN GC-800 BETACLEAN GC-800 BETAPRIME 5504G PAAS Lightly Wet-Scrub/BETACLEAN GC-800 BETAPRIME 5504G OEM Pre-Primed Parts (Black) BETACLEAN GC-800 BETAPRIME 5504G OEM Pre-Primed Parts (Clear) Reject glass – likely not OEM pre-primed Glass

Glass Preparation

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Glass Cleaning

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Cleaning preparation for most replacement glass:

  1. Inspect the replacement glass for defects, damage or signs of contamination.
  2. Contaminants can be difficult to detect and remove. Use of BETABRADE™ F1 to remove contamination is recommended.
  3. Shake BETABRADE™ F1 bottle for 10 seconds.
  4. Apply 2 mm thin line of BETABRADE™ F1 around entire glass bonding area. On encapsulated bonding surfaces, do not use BETABRADE™ F1, instead use BETACLEAN™ GC-800 and scrub pad.
  5. Scrub the bonding area with a lint-free paper towel until dry.
  6. Spray entire windshield with BETACLEAN™ GC-800 and wipe clean with a lint-free paper towel to ensure it is clean and free of any traces of BETABRADE™ F1 in the bondline

NOTE: Traces of BETABRADE™ F1 outside of bonding areas will not affect the adhesive bond.

PAAS & Encapsulation Cleaning

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Cleaning PAAS, RIM or PVC encapsulated bonding surfaces:

  1. Spray encapsulation with BETACLEAN™ GC-800.
  2. Scrub area vigorously with abrasive pad (light scrubbing on PAAS), then wipe clean with a lint-free paper towel.
  3. Do not use BETABRADE™ F1 on encapsulated surfaces.
     

Glass, PAAS & Encapsulation Bonding

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Once glass is clean, follow these priming steps:

  1. Check the expiration date on the container.
  2. If using BETAPRIME™ 5504G All-in-One Primer in bottle, open cap and use the loose cap to pry up the inner seal in a circular motion containing the inner seal in the cap or by pulling gently on the grab ring in the inner seal.
    If using BETAPRIME™ 5504G SA stick, open by pinching or bending (on corner of bench) the tube near the foam head to break the internal glass ampule releasing the black primer. While breaking, be careful to orientate the stick so that the foam applicator is up to prevent possible primer from dripping. Point the foam head down toward surface to be primed. Allow the primer to saturate the foam head. Gently squeezing the tube will allow the foam head to saturate faster. Apply light pressure to the foam head (too much will damage the foam during application).
  3. For any fritted glass (internal or external):

  4. Apply BETAPRIME™ 5504G All-in-One Primer with a clean wool dauber or primer stick in one, even, wet coat, moving the dauber in the same direction.
  5. Allow primer to dry for 2 minutes at 20°F (-7°C) and above. From 20°F (-7°C) down to 0°F (-18°C), allow primer to dry for 6 minutes.

    For non-fritted glass (internal or external):

  1. Apply BETAPRIME™ 5504G All-in-One Primer with a clean wool dauber or primer stick in one, even, wet coat, moving the dauber in the same direction.
  2. Allow primer to dry for 2 minutes at 20°F (-7°C) and above. From 20°F (-7°C) down to 0°F (-18°C), allow primer to dry for 6 minutes.
  3. Apply a second coat of BETAPRIME™ 5504G and allow to dry for 2 minutes at 20°F (-7°C) and above. From 20°F (-7°C) down to 0°F (-18°C), allow primer to dry for 6 minutes. When using BETAPRIME™ 5504G SA primer stick on clear glass, two sticks may be required for proper application.

NOTE: In cold temperatures, BETAPRIME™ 5504G may have a wet appearance – this is normal as long as proper dry times are followed.  

*Advanced formulation BETAPRIME™ 5504G All-in-One Primer no longer requires shaking. However, shaking won’t have a negative effect on the performance.


Body Preparation

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Body Cleaning

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Body Preparation

Cleaning the vehicle body:

  1. Remove all trim and moldings.
  2. Remove glass using the preferred method.
  3. Clean any dirty areas on the bonding surface with BETACLEAN™ GC-800 or water and a lint-free paper towel to remove all dust, dirt and debris.
  4. Trim existing urethane bead down to 1-2 mm.

Bare Metal Body Priming

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Once clean and dry, the pinchweld can be primed:

  1. Check the expiration date on the container.
  2. The primer bottle no longer requires shaking*

CAUTION: Do not reinsert (double dip) the dauber into the primer bottle if it has touched the body of the vehicle. This could contaminate the remaining primer in the bottle.

For priming any areas of bare metal (large or small, including scratches):

  1. Apply one coat of BETAPRIME™ 5504G with a clean wool dauber to to any scratches or large areas of bare metal.
  2. Allow primer to fully dry for 2 minutes at 20°F (-7°C) and above. From 20°F (-7°C) down to 0°F (-18°C), allow primer to dry for 6 minutes.
  3. Apply a second coat of BETAPRIME™ 5504G and allow primer to dry for 2 minutes at 20˚F (-7˚C) and above. From 20˚F (-7˚C) down to 0˚F (-18˚C), allow primer to dry for 6 minutes.
  4. When priming large areas of bare metal, only apply a maximum of 8 to 12 linear inches per dauber. This ensures the dauber has enough primer to apply a thick enough coat to protect the bare metal.

NOTE: Scratches well outside of the bonding area do not have to be completely dry at the time of installation

*Advanced formulation BETAPRIME™ 5504G All-in-One Primer no longer requires shaking. However, shaking won’t have a negative effect on the performance.

Painted Metal Body Priming

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Once clean and dry, the pinchweld can be primed:

  1. Check the expiration date on the container.
  2. The primer bottle no longer requires shaking*

CAUTION: Do not reinsert (double dip) the dauber into the primer bottle if it has touched the body of the vehicle. This could contaminate the remaining primer in the bottle.

For priming painted bonding surfaces (no bare metal):

  1. Apply one coat of BETAPRIME™ 5504G with a clean wool dauber to the painted area where original adhesive may have peeled off or to extend the bonding area when applying adhesive to the glass part.
  2. Allow primer to dry for 2 minutes at 20˚F (-7˚C) and above. From 20˚F (-7˚C) down to 0˚F (-18˚C), allow primer to dry for 6 minutes.

NOTE: In cold temperatures, BETAPRIME™ 5504G may have a wet appearance – this is normal as long as proper dry times are followed.

*Advanced formulation BETAPRIME™ 5504G All-in-One Primer no longer requires shaking. However, shaking won’t have a negative effect on the performance.

Corrosion Treatment

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Preventing Corrosion

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Pinchweld Scratches in Paint/E-coat Utility Knife

When trimming the existing bead of adhesive, be aware of where the end of the knife is – adjust the blade as necessary

Pinchweld Scratches in Paint/E-coat

Warning: deep scratches made in the paint during relief or plunge cuts may be inaccessible to primers used in touch up. The scratched area will corrode over time. Not scratching the area is the only sure way to avoid corrosion.

Identifying Corrosion Levels

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There are four levels of corrosion:

Light Oxidation

Light oxidation – light metal discoloration, orange in color – remove with abrasive wheel or grinding stone

Moderate Oxidation

Moderate oxidation – some red spots – remove with an abrasive wheel, grinding stone or by media blasting

Severe Oxidation

Severe oxidation – deep pitting with dark red spots with raised edges – remove with an abrasive wheel, grinding stone or media blasting

Perforation

Perforation – varies from holes in metal to loss of metal thickness – replace panel

Corrosion Treatment

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NOTE: wire brushes should not be used on any corrosion over level 1

Adhesive Application

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Applicator Position

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For glass application:

  1. Applicator PositionFor best application results, hold the applicator in a vertical position (at 90˚ to the surface) and dispense the adhesive with a continuous motion in a uniform V-shaped bead.
  2. Apply adhesive to the glass on top of the bond line.
  3. Make sure the bead is uniform and has no gaps; add material or tool joints if necessary.

For pinchweld application:

  1. Applicator PositionFor best application results, hold the applicator in a vertical position (at 90° to the surface) and dispense the adhesive with a continuous motion in a uniform V-shaped bead. This is to ensure that the nozzle tip sits flush to the cut urethane so the V-shaped bead dispensed makes good contact. For applications on the body where maintaining the applicator 90° to the surface is difficult due to the need for an extended reach, it might be useful to cut a bit of an angle to the tip (not more than 30°). This will allow the tip to remain flush with the cut urethane and the V-shaped bead will make good contact.
  2. Applicator Position

  3. Apply adhesive to the pinchweld perimeter directly on top of the freshly cut original equipment urethane.
  4. Make sure the bead is uniform and has no gaps; add material or tool joints if necessary.

Bead Shape

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