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Old 12-17-2003, 01:23 AM
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Basecoat/clearcoat

Ok I just tried a paint basecoat/clearcoat. Was using centary laquor.

Just how well is single coat of basecoat supposed to cover. The stuff i used was darn near clear. Took 5 coats to covor and remove any and all tiger striping. It I slowed down or applied any more than I was per pass I got runs. Very frustraiting stuff for my first time with it.

Also my paint dealer insisted told me three times before I left that I HAD to have clearcoat on the car with in 4 hours or the clear would never stick right. Made a two tone paint job quite a hastle. Finally decided to do one color one day then the next color the next day.

Didn't have any prep problems or contaminations. Just a very different paint style than the others I've used.

Oh and just how thick if this stuff supposed to be or look when its all done? Mine had to be the thinest paint in all hystory and the 5 coats of clear didn't look anywhere near as deep as the centary laquor.

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It all depends on how well the color covers, some don't cover for hell, others you will have it all covered with two coats. The product sheet will tell you how long you have before being clearcoated. If you exceed this time you will have to scuff the basecoat and apply another coat of color. 4 hours doesn't seem like much time, most I used gave you 24 hours. Its always good to spray on a sealer close in color to the basecoat color you are spraying to help coverage, and I always use a sealer because it prevents a lot of potential problems for the little bit extra you have to spend on a sealer
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Old 12-17-2003, 03:53 PM
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viscosity cup

Most paint suppliers will give you a cheap viscosity cup. When you mix your paint you run it through the cup and you can tell if the mixture is correctly thinned. A base coat can be applied one coat but I would recommend that you do a two coat. You always find an area that you didn't get a great coverage on. Clear doesnt have to go on that fast. If your prep is very good and you have 0 overspray, you should be able to put both colors of base on a car before you shoot the total clear. But what the hey. Painting is fun. Do one color on saturday and the next on sunday.

Oh, did we mention temperature. Nice warm day, alittle more thinner.. no a little less. Cool day a little more thinner. Hmmm, what about FISH EYE?

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Old 12-19-2003, 03:35 AM
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Thanks guys.

This was just some of the cheapest stuff on the market. Test spraying it after I did the car I found out the salesman at the paint shop didn't know his butt from a hole in the ground, he also didn't have any of the manufacturers sheats for it. Maybe he got it of the net for a really good price.

I changed the mix he told me and it covered much better. And the clearcoat stuck just fine even after 24 and 48 hours. It at least didn't chip off when scaped lightely or when hit with a hammer a little. Mixing it different did have the effect of a slower flash off time from 15-20 minutes to about 35-40. Not bad really. I spray in a room thats always about 60-70 degrees so the temp isn't bad.

After finely using a basecoat clear coat i can see how easy it would be to make great fades and other paint effects.

Any hints on a good clearcoat that builds really good? I like that thick/deep look.
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