Thanks Barry, these tests are really great to understand what IS better.
In the old lacquer days a "color blender" was a very slow thinner with some clear in it for "melting" the edge. These days "color blender" (it seldom is called that, but you get the idea) is many times only a "colorless basecoat". DuPont had a recommendation for years with Chromabase to reduce the mixing clear off the color bank with basemaker 1:1 just like a color and apply a coat over the panel prior to blend. It fills the sand scratches with a clear base coat then when you apply the base and blend the metallic doesn't "stack" in the scratches and cause a halo looking blend. Now there are many who sell a RTS or similar product that is basically the same thing.
Last edited by MARTINSR; 04-09-2005 at 10:49 AM.