What ever happened to the magic elixir material that was sold as a fish eye eliminator and was it a type of silicone?
Q. I read with the problem J. B. is having with fish eyes. I remember when the source of the problem could not be determined, we had a Magic Elixir. It was sold as a fisheye eliminator. A drop or two per gallon chased those nasty fish eyes away. I remember inquiring what the stuff was and was told that it was also some type of silicone that promoted the flow of the coating. What ever happened to this material and was it a type of silicone? It did work. S. B.
A. Thanks for reading my column and writing your comments. Everyone has a boss and every writer has someone looking over his shoulder. Not only is S. B. my “over the shoulder looker,” he is also very informative and we are Pen Pals.
Those fisheye eliminators did work and I was also told they were a type of silicone. We used them at some of our plants on a limited basis as a quick fix. However, we always tried to find and eliminate the cause of the problem. One of their drawbacks was they often interfered with recoatability during touchup or repainting. Thanks again for writing. Your comments and those of others are always welcome.
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