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With the DUPLI-COLOR brand, European Aerosols has been a European pioneer in the spray paint and touch-up pen segment for more than 50 years. DUPLI-COLOR offers a wide range of products for cars, homes and hobbies, but also for industrial purposes.



DUPLI-COLOR – a brand that has made a name for itself in the area of touch-up pens and spray paints over half a century. The history of DUPLI-COLOR is characterised by innovative and future-oriented developments. 
The history of DUPLI-COLOR dates back to 1957, when the company was founded by the Kurt Vogelsang from Switzerland. He has succeeded in establishing the do-it-yourself mentality from America with the DUPLI-COLOR brand in the automotive sector in Europe. From the outset, the goal was to produce high-quality and long-lasting aerosols that anyone, professional or amateur, could use themselves. Thus, the DUPLI-COLOR brand quickly became the leading supplier of touch-up sticks and spray paints. Today, the family-run company and the DUPLI-COLOR brand are managed in their second generation by Jürg Vogelsang. 
Continuous expansion of the DUPLI-COLOR range and the integration of new technologies are the driving force behind the brand. The highest quality standards, ease of use, high coverage and long-lasting results are never lost sight of. 


European Aerosols

European Aerosols is the company behind the DUPLI-COLOR brand and others. With three production facilities, a strong distribution network, own sales outlets in twelve European countries and more than 1,000 employees, European Aerosols holds a leading position in the industry. With an annual production of over 150 million aerosol cans, European Aerosols is the market leader in the field of spray solutions.


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  • 1. How compatible are the different paint qualities?

    • All paints (acrylic, nitro combination, synthetic resin, water-based paint) can be painted over with synthetic paint.
    • Synthetic resin paint can only be painted over with synthetic resin paint. Acrylic paint and/or nitro combination paint cannot be painted over synthetic resin paint. For reasons of incompatibility, this would lead to the paint "lifting".
  • 2. What is important to note in the drying time information?

    Drying time information is available in the technical data sheet for the respective product on this website. The drying times are always dependent on the ambient temperature and humidity and the thickness of the paint coat applied. Our drying data were recorded at an ambient temperature of 20°C and relative humidity of 50 percent.
    • Dust-dry: The paint coat has dried to the point that dust particles can no longer encapsulate in the paint..
    • Touch dry: The paint has not yet fully hardened and become resilient; it can, however, be touched.
    • Reworkable: The paint can be sanded and coated over.
    • Thoroughly dry/cured: The paint has achieved its maximum final hardness.
  • 3. What weather conditions are suitable for spraying?

    In dry weather, of course, and/or in dry surroundings sheltered from the wind. The can should be at room temperature. Optimum results are achieved at ambient temperatures between +15° and 25°C. Humidity should not exceed 60 percent; otherwise, the drying period would be delayed considerably.
  • 4. How do you know the shelf life of the spray cans and touch-up pens?

    There is an imprint in the bottom of our products, which may look as follows: P 06/23
    EXP 06/33
    The P stands for production: 06/23 means calendar week 06 in the year 2023.
    EXP stands for the expiry date, in this case calendar week 06 in the year 2023.
  • 5. How do I store European Aerosols products?

    Storage should be in the sealed original container in a dry room (max. 60 % humidity) at temperatures between 10° - 25°C. Aqua varnishes must be protected from frost. Protect the products from light and direct sunlight. Caution: Aerosols must never be exposed to temperatures above 50°C and must be kept away from sources of ignition.
  • 6. How long can I store and use the products?

    We guarantee a minimum shelf life of. 10 years for our solvent-based paint aerosols if stored properly (=10°-25°C, relative humidity of max. 60%):
    • 10 years for our solvent-based paint aerosols
    • 10 years for the technical aerosols and underbody protection sprays
    • 5 years for the water-based paint aerosols
    • 5 years for the touch-up pens and brushable or sprayable underbody protection products
    • 2 years for the filler products
  • 7. Where can one find Technical Information and Safety Data Sheets?

    The Technical Information and Safety Data Sheets for each product are available through this website at the respective product description page.
  • 8. Why do many products have an anti-spray ring? What needs to be considered in this?

    The red anti-spray ring was developed to prevent unintentional spraying (e.g. by children or through vandalism on the sales shelf). This small red ring is located under the tamper-proof cap and under the spray head. When the spray head is removed, the ring can be very easily lifted and removed with a pointed object, e.g. a screwdriver. Please do not use force when doing so as this could damage the can and the contents could leak. Important: The anti-spray ring can be re-inserted afterwards.
  • 9. How does one properly dispose of European Aerosols products?

    Product packaging (aerosol cans, putty cans etc.), the contents of which have been fully used, can be disposed of in the household waste. Please bring cans with remainders of paint to the special refuse disposal. Please observe the instructions of the DSD (Green Dot) waste disposal contractors.
  • 10. What is spray mist and how do I reduce its effects?

    At warmer temperatures, but also when the distance to the object to be coated is too great, the paint already dries while in the air and does not even arrive at the object to be coated. This paint deposits on the surface as so-called spray mist. Please therefore observe the spraying distance instructions in the product instruction information.
    You should always spray at a location sheltered from the wind, to avoid spray mist particles being deposited on the coated surface while it is still wet. The amount of spray mist that might be generated depends on the amount of paint, the ventilation conditions (wind conditions) and the type of application. Inside a room, spray mist may disperse to a radius of 10 metres. Therefore, we definitely recommend that protective covers be placed carefully and abundantly in the surroundings.
  • 11. Is AQUA spray paint weather-resistant?

    The new generation of our Aqua spray paints can also be used for spraying outdoors objects. A precondition for weather-resistance is the full hardening of the paint, which is achieved after five days.
  • 12. Can spray paints be used inside the flat?

    If you don't want to spray large areas, then the answer is basically yes. However, you need to ensure adequate ventilation. Please observe the instructions on the can. Furthermore, you need to generously cover the surrounding area to protect it from spray mist.
  • 13. What safety precautions should I take when spraying?

    The required safety precautions vary from product to product. Please refer to the relevant information on the product labels.
    In general, aerosols must be protected from light and direct sunlight and must never be exposed to temperatures above 50°C. Sprays must be kept away from sources of ignition. So never spray on flames or glowing bodies.
    Aerosol cans must never be opened by force or burned, even if the can is empty.
    Always ensure that there is adequate ventilation. When using paint sprays, explosive mixtures may form in the air.
    Prevent the products from getting into the hands of children.
  • 14. Which clear coat is the right one to use?

    • All paints (acrylic, nitro combination, synthetic resin) can be re-coated with synthetic resin paints.
    • Synthetic resin paints can only be re-coated with synthetic resin paints. Acrylic paint and/or nitro combination paint cannot be painted over synthetic resin. Because of the different drying times, this would lead to the paint "lifting".
    • Car repair paint (Acrylic, nitro combination) is best re-coated with a 2-coat clear lacquer or 2K clear lacquer, this has the greatest gasoline-resistance of the 1-component clear coats. are best overpainted with 2-coat clearcoat or 2K clearcoat, this has the best gasoline resistance.
    • Effect paint such as 3D effect, diamond effect, light-up spray, metallic should be overcoated with clearcoat to protect the effect pigments. When it comes to painting a fuel-powered vehicle or parts of it, the 2K clearcoat or 2-coat clearcoat is best suited for this purpose. For more decorative purposes, the Zapon clearcoat (Cristal spray) is recommended, this has the highest gloss after the 2K clearcoat.
    • Granite effect spray: After drying (approx. 24 hours) the granite structure must without exception be sealed and, for protection, re-coated with DUPLI-COLOR Granit Clear Coat or another DUPLI-COLOR clear coat (especially when painting objects to be used outdoors).
    • Bronze effect, gold/chrome/copper effect: These effect paints cannot be protected by a clear coat. The clear coat would destroy the effect.
    • 2K Clear Coat (e.g. ColorMatic 2K Clear Coat) is primarily used in professional environments. It is especially gasoline and weather-resistant.
  • 15. What is the quality of the paint (acrylic, synthetic resin etc.) in my spray can?

    With most products, this information is available on the can label. If this is not the case, you will find the information on our website, which hosts technical data sheets indicating the paint quality for each product.
  • 16. How can one apply a perfect coating on polystyrene?

    • Paints, i.e. including paint aerosols, contain as a rule solvents that attack the polystyrene and cause it to start detaching. One exception here are the water-based paints (DUPLI-COLOR AQUA). These can be applied unhesitatingly to polystyrene.
    • The DUPLI-COLOR line includes a special colour tone range called "Deco Matt". These paints include a special solvent that does not attack the polystyrene surface.
    • When using the special DUPLI-COLOR Polystyrene Primer, the polystyrene object may subsequently be coated with any solvent-based paint. Important note: the entire surface of the polystyrene must be completely covered by the primer to separate it from the follow-on paint coat.
  • 17. When coating hard plastics, what needs to be taken into account?

    Synthetics are sensitive to solvents and have a strong reaction to temperature fluctuations (flexibility). In addition, they have a very smooth surface to which paint does not adhere well. Pretreatment with plastic primer is therefore required, without exception. This plastic primer forms a coatable bridge between the plastics substrate and the follow-on paint coat. The plastic primer is sprayed on thinly in a single pass.
  • 18. Why does the paint fail to stick properly?

    Perhaps the substrate was not completely sanded, clean, dry and free from grease (silicone-free)? If applicable, use a degreasing agent or silicone removal agent prior to coating.
    For problematic substrates, use specialist primers, e.g. for coatable plastics, a plastic primer or, for polystyrene, the polystyrene primer.
  • 19. My coat has runs. How can I avoid this?

    Spray in crosswise layers (horizontally and vertically). Start spraying beyond the edges of the object. Keep the spray head pressed firmly down throughout the motion. Evenly and slowly move the spray can back and forth, and carry out the turning motion beyond the edges of the object. This is how you can best dose the spray jet and avoid too much paint getting onto the surface, resulting in "tears" or "runs".
    The spray head must not be too close to the object. Spraying distance instructions can be found on the respective product label, as a rule, the distance should be between 15 - 25 cm.
    Optimum processing temperature is between 15° and 25°C (room temperature). The spray can, the object to be sprayed and the ambient environment should all be at this temperature.
    Do not try to achieve an even, smooth surface with the first spraying procedure. It is better to spray on several thin layers than attempt to apply the paint in one thick coat.
  • 20. My paintwork looks like the surface of an orange. How can I avoid this?

    When the spraying distance is too long or the temperature is too high (>25°C), the paint dries in the air on its way to the object. This spray mist can settle on your coated object initially as a mat surface. If you now apply another coat, little elevations form – the so-called "orange peel".
  • 21. Why does the paint peel?

    There should always be more pigments in the substrate than in the subsequent coating. Primers are highly pigmented, clear coats have no colour pigments. The optimum structure, therefore, is as follows: Primer, colour coat, clear coat. Incompatibility may also result when using paints from different manufacturers. Hence, always use products from the same manufacturer for the same object. In addition, the substrate should be sanded and cleaned before applying the primer or paint.
    The paint cannot bond to smooth plastic surfaces. To prevent peeling, the object must always be pre-treated with a plastic primer. For best results, use a plastic cleaning agent beforehand as well.
  • 22. Why are there wrinkles in my paintwork (paint "lifts")?

    Synthetic resin paint may only be re-coated with synthetic resin paint. The solvents contained in synthetic resin paint evaporate slowly, while solvents in the faster-drying acrylic paints evaporate quickly. If you now apply a fast-drying acrylic paint over a slow-drying synthetic resin paint, the solvents in the acrylic paint start dissolving the layer underneath. Since the fast-drying acrylic paint surface dries more quickly than the synthetic resin paint below, which has started to dissolve, the paintwork rises and forms undesired wrinkles.
    When re-coating synthetic resin paint with synthetic resin paint, please consider that this either needs to be done within two hours of applying the initial coat or, otherwise, after a 24-hour waiting period. If this is not observed, the same "lifting" effect will result.
  • 23. I do not like the paintwork. Can I remove the lacquer again?

    Can I remove the paint again?It is best to remove the paint again immediately after coating, either with nitro diluent or acetone.
    AQUA spray paint can be washed off within 20 minutes with water and a surfactant-based cleaning agent.
  • 24. What is the difference between 1-coat and 2-coat paintwork?

    1-coat (single-layer) paintwork does not require re-coating with clear coat.
    2-coat (dual-layer) paintwork, as a rule, is required wherever effect paints with special pigments are used – for instance, for metallic/pearl/mica colour tones in the automotive field. The clear coat protects the pigments from adverse weather and optimises the top coat gloss.
  • 25. I did not use all the spray in the can. Can I keep it and use it again later?

    Spray paints are self-contained painting systems. This prevents the paint from drying out, and we can guarantee a shelf life of ten years. In practice, however, it has been shown that spray paints can also function perfectly after 15-20 years! Of course, proper storage is important.
    With most European Aerosols sprays, self-cleaning valves ensure empty spray heads. However, if you want to make sure, just turn the can upside down and press the spray head for 2-3 seconds. In this way, only propellant gas is sprayed out and the valve and spray head are cleaned of active substance residues (paint residues).
  • 26. How does one properly dispose of European Aerosols products?

    Spray paints are self-contained painting systems. This prevents the paint from drying out, and we can guarantee a shelf life of ten years. In practice, however, it has been shown that spray paints can also function perfectly after 15-20 years! Of course, proper storage is important.
    With most European Aerosols sprays, self-cleaning valves ensure empty spray heads. However, if you want to make sure, just turn the can upside down and press the spray head for 2-3 seconds. In this way, only propellant gas is sprayed out and the valve and spray head are cleaned of active substance residues (paint residues).
  • 27. AUTOMOTIVE: Special metallic substrates (stainless steel, zinc, non-ferrous metals) – which spray paints can I use?

    After sanding with fine abrasive paper and thorough degreasing, stainless steel can be coated. The same applies for zinc-plated surfaces. For better adhesion to stainless steel, ColorMatic 2K Epoxy Primer Filler or Adhesion Primer is recommended.
    ColorMatic 2K Epoxy Primer Filler should be used on zinc. On hot-dip galvanised surfaces, it is best to apply the coat without sanding, following degreasing. Fresh, undecayed, hot-dip galvanised surfaces are hard to coat. Following sanding and degreasing, one can apply protective primer for aluminium and a covering lacquer. However, adhesion will always be worse than on a different substrate.
    Non-ferrous metals can be protected against corrosion by re-coating with Zapon Crystal Spray. Other than that, use the same approach as for stainless steel. No water-based clear coat should be applied directly onto non-ferrous metals, since this could result in discolouration.
  • 28. AUTOMOTIVE: Can zinc spray be painted over directly or is a primer needed first?

    A primer, e.g. a metal primer or universal primer, is to be sprayed on in any case before coating.
  • 29. AUTOMOMOTIVE: What is the zinc content for the zinc spray?

    The share of zinc-dust in the dry paint film is more than 90 percent.
  • 30. AUTOMOTIVE: What needs to be observed in the allocation of car colour tones to the search numbers (DUPLI-COLOR Auto-Color, RAL, Original)?

    It may happen that different article numbers are provided for the same car colour tone in our car catalogues. This is because there can be different variations of apparently the same car colour tone. The reasons for such variations may be as follows:
    • During the production of the cars at different production locations of the car manufacturers, there may be colour tolerances
    • The different construction years mey also rise to colour tolerances
  • 31. AUTOMOTIVE: Where does one discover the correct colour code for one's vehicle?

    The color code is usually on the nameplate in the engine compartment, trunk or on the B-pillar when you open the door. It is usually made up of figures or a combination of figures and letters - depending on manufacturer brand. Information on this can be found in our colour tone program, which is usually hung on the shelves of your specialist dealer. If you cannot discover anything there, you still have the option of asking for the colour tone at your car dealer.
  • 32. AUTOMOTIVE: Wie hoch ist der Zinkanteil bei Zinkspray?

    Der Zinkstaubanteil in der trockenen Lackschicht beträgt über 90 %.
  • 33. AUTOMOTIVE: How do colour deviations between the vehicle and the automotive car spray result?

    Our automotive car spray paints have been simulated and classified according to the specifications of the car manufacturers to the best of our knowledge and belief. Still, deviations from the colour tone of your vehicle may result for the following reasons:
    • During the production of the cars at different production locations of the car manufacturers, there may be colour tolerances.
    • The different construction years may also give rise to colour tolerances.
    • Older vehicles have been exposed to the weather (sun, rain, hail and storms) for some time and the original paintwork has hence often lost some of its lustre and intensity.
  • 34. AUTOMOTIVE: How and with which products can one coat chrome parts?

    Painting chrome parts is fundamentally problematic. If you still want to paint chrome parts, they must first be sanded and cleaned - just like any other paint job. Then prime with universal primer or, even better, with ColorMatic 2K epoxy primer filler. After the primer has dried, you can basically paint over with any other acrylic, nitro-combination or synthetic resin paint. Since it is mostly vehicle parts, acrylic or nitro-combination paints are recommended here. The adhesion, even on sanded chrome parts, is not comparable with normal metal substrates.
  • 35. AUTOMOTIVE: Are there pain colour tone deviations from the original paintwork in the case of older vehicles?

    Yes, this must be taken into account. UV influence has an impact on lustre and intensity of the paint. The older the vehicle is, the larger may be the colour tone deviation.
  • 36. AUTOMOTIVE: Are paints/putty/resins food-safe?

    No, our paints/putty/resins are not food-safe.
  • 37. AUTOMOTIVE: Why does polyester resin fail to dry?

    This is no reason for complaint, for it is intended. The adhesive surface forms a bonding bridge for the subsequent putty structure. If this adhesive surface is not desired, it can be rinsed with nitro dilution.
  • 38. AUTOMOTIVE: How temperature-resistant is the paint/putty?

    As a rule, acrylic, nitro combination and synthetic resin paints are temperature-resistant up to 80°C.
    In addition, we have developed products for special application areas that can be subjected to even higher temperatures. For instance, heat-resistant spray paint (300°C - 690°C depending on colour tone), Tuning Supertherm (300°C - 800°C depending on colour tone), aluminium spray (600°C), zinc spray (600°C), zinc-alu spray (300°C), brake caliper paint spray (140°C), putty products (120°C). These values relate to the fully dried and hardened state of the respective material.
  • 39. AUTOMOTIVE: How do I coat objects that are exposed to a lot of heat?

    For this, please use the spray paints from our Deko range or, if good levels of fuel-resistance are also desired, the Supertherm products from our Tuning range. Derust the substrate, clean of oil and grease and grind and/or sandblast well, the surface must be metallic bright! The surface must be dry and free of dust and grease. Prior to use, shake the can well for at least 2 - 3 minutes. From a distance of approx. 25 cm, spray on two thin coats. Allow to dry. Important: The thinner the coat of paint, the better the temperature resistance and adhesion. Do not prime! Do not use on chrome-plated parts! Heating to 160 - 200°C for approx. 30 - 60 min. is required for full hardening and thus full resilience of the paint coat. Some temperature information as pointers: Motorcycle exhaust at the manifold, up to 800°C, cookers/cooker pipes, up to 500°C, barbecue grills, 500 - 800°C.
  • 40. AUTOMOTIVE: Chrome Effect/Silver Chrome: What is the difference between these two products?

    Chrome effect quality is not resistant to weathering and to abrasion. This product, therefore, ought to be used for decorative purposes only.
    Chrome effect (also gold and copper effect) cannot be re-coated with clear coat to maintain the lustre! Once the lustre has faded, there is only one thing to do: re-coat with a new layer of effect spray!
  • 41. AUTOMOTIVE: Are the spray paints gasoline-proof?

    The acrylic paints are comparatively resistant to gasoline spills. There may be slight swelling, but this will disappear within approx. 24 hours. In this event you must not wipe off the gasoline but should wait 24 hours to allow the gasoline to escape from the paint coat. If this is observed, the 2-coat clear lacquer can be considered to have good gasoline resistance.
    Synthetic resin-based and waterbased qualities are not gasoline-proof, nor is the Zapon Cristal Spray.
    The best gasoline resistance is given by the 2K clear coat from the ColorMatic product range.
  • 42. AUTOMOTIVE: Are the spray paints conductive (electrical weldability)?

    Zinc spray and aluminium spray are conductive. Our protective primer sprays are also electrically weldable at respective layer thicknesses. The electrical current penetrates the paint coat, thus neutralising the insulation effect.

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