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LanceM 07-15-2005 03:09 PM

First time BC/CC multi color w/stripes question
I am planning on painting a 3 color paint job and need some advice on the best way to do it. I am planning on painting the car using BC/CC, and it is going to be tiger striped. Iím not new to painting cars but in the past I have only used single stage paint so BC/CC is new to me and Iím not sure how to proceed exactly.

My plan is to paint the base color (orange) then fade in the white underbelly on the sides, this is where the hard part comes in for me the stripes. Some of the parts will have to be painted separately then assembled to the car to tape out the stripes then removed again for the black stripe paint and CC.

Being that for me at least this will be at a 2-3 day job due to the amount of assembly and disassembly, Iím wondering how long do I have to do this before I have to clear the BC and Iím wondering if it would be best to put maybe a coat or two of clear over the orange and white and then stripe over the clear then clear again when the stripes are done.

My thinking is that say it is a day or more before I finish the tapeing for the stripes it wonít be a big deal if I have clear on and scuff it before I start, or is my thinking AFU?

Needless to say I want to do this right and I only want to do it once :) Any and all suggestions are appreciated!


67goat 07-15-2005 08:17 PM

i would do all my basing first then clear.most bases have a 7 day window before you have to sand and rebase, mike

baddbob 07-15-2005 09:19 PM

One of the toughest parts of this job will be the disassembly and reassembly taking care nor to dirty the white and orange basecoat. Your idea of spraying the clear is good but I would use an intercoat clear instead of a topcoat urethane clear. Light colored basecoats attract fingerprints and staining very easily, if you apply two coats of intercoat clear over these colors before disassembly it will protect the light colors and provide a surface you can actually clean. Another plus to the intercoat clear is it is thin like BC.

Your idea of using a topcoat clear will also work but it also opens the door to possible lifting problems when you apply the third color, fresh urethane can be really sensative to solvents.

Intercoat clear can also be used to freshen the basecoat prior to clear application if you're worried the BC has dried to long. Get all your color work done then apply a coat of intercoat clear, let it flash good then apply your urethane clear.

Good luck with the project, you've got some stress ahead of you pulling that freshly colored sheetmetal off and then reinstalling it. Do a few test sprays to get your fade technique ironed out. Take your time, Bob

Bee4Me 07-15-2005 09:23 PM

You can lay a base then clear or use an inter coat clear which is what it's designed for. Graphic's work. Like a base paint but is a clear coat without the UV additive.
I use this alot with complex layout's and it's a nice base to work over. This way IF you make a mistake on the second or third layer,just "erase" it and no harm to the underlying paint.

mrcleanr6 07-15-2005 10:47 PM

go with these guys recommendations. try and use intercoat whenever you can. it save time and alot of work. as far as recoat....most that i have seen recommend 24 hours. personally i think thats BS. everthing i paint has some sort of graphics or airbrushing on it. alot of these jobs can get very intricate and take a long time especially when you are working on 3 at once. its not uncommon for me to have something based out and sit for 2-3 weeks while artwork is being done. when its done i clear it like anything else. i do get to see alot of customers and i have never seen one project where the clear is chipping off. they look as good 2 years later as the day i sprayed it. so basically i wouldn't worry about it. if for some reason you feel it has sat too long then mix up some intercoat 50/50 with high or very high temp reducer and spray a coat on an hour before you plan on clearing. the solvents should just soften up that base. you can also add about 10% reducer to your clear.

LanceM 07-16-2005 06:59 AM

Thanks for the tips guys, I'm feeling more confident that I will be able to pull this off.


Beenaway2long 07-18-2005 07:27 AM

I was at a Hot Hues (Dupont) seminar saturday. They said to base, and then use the clear intercoat like everyone says.

He did mention that it NEEDED to be lightly sanded before applying your graphics or topcoat!

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