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Old 05-20-2011, 11:49 PM
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clear coat covers "stripes" right?

sprayed what I hope was my last base coat on tonight. I have some stripes in the base coat from either not overlapping like I should have or not having my fluid adjustment right. The coverage is there though. It was my third coat. Does SPI's universal clear bury those stripes or do they show through the clear coat?

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They will show !!!!!!!!!
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sprayed what I hope was my last base coat on tonight. I have some stripes in the base coat from either not overlapping like I should have or not having my fluid adjustment right. The coverage is there though. It was my third coat. Does SPI's universal clear bury those stripes or do they show through the clear coat?
clear is clear. anything showing in the base will show through the clear. with reds i usually go 4 coats base. 3 to cover and one for safety. i would put another coat on it.
if you painted last night your recoat window should still be open. no need to sand.
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In your case I believe the stripes are from the base being applied too wet in some areas and having more shine than other spots...(not really stripes) you only get stripes in metalics .....you should be fine but dont take a chance,apply two more light coats going the oppsite direction...For instance if you painted the hood going front to back these coats should be applied side to side...on the sides you most likely went horizontal ,now you want to go vertically ,Or you can use an X pattern ,spraying diagonally,spraying the whole car in one direction then the other ....two light coats and hold the gun about 12" not 6"" so these coats go on a little more dry and thin..boost the pressure if you need too.....I've never seen a solid color get stripes and that pro spray is some good paint and shouldnt stripe even with metallics...But its better to be safe than sorry...By the time this cars done your gonna be a full fleged painter,it takes years for us to have all these problems.whats next in line?????
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if coverage is there, you are fine. but sometimes its hard to tell when you get those in flat surfaces....depending on your lighting. i wouldn't chance it and go atleast another coat or 2 in the opposite direction like dbm has said.

try getting your overlap and gun adjustment right before hand though..if this was a metallic, you'd be in trouble as it is hard once you get these stripes, to get them out by criss crossing patterns..especially if the gun isn't set up right.
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I am using a solid color. I have been told that solids won't show minor striping.
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The thing that gives me trouble is the tiny holes in the cap get pluged up.take the cap off and hold it up to a light ,use a tooth pick and poke it through all the holes even if they dont look pluged.You may have to sharpen the tooth pick if the holes are really small.
You cant just run thinner through the gun to clean it ,it must be taken apart.
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you'll just break a toothpick off in it. keep a welders tip cleaner handy .
but your problem is most likely gun adjustment.
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you'll just break a toothpick off in it. keep a welders tip cleaner handy .
but your problem is most likely gun adjustment.
Thats funny ,I've broken a tip off before but you just come in through from the other side with another one and it pops right out...I have a tip cleaner for a cutting torch right there on my paint bench too but I try not to use it unless I have too, those things are like little rat tail files...wood wont wear it out or damage anything..Not only that but the smallest gauge wire on the tip cleaner isnt quite small enough for many guns ...I used to take a piece of wire from wire brush to get into the really small holes. Maybe I'll try some of those plastic tooth picks ,see how they work
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so how do you get to the back of an air cap passage ????
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so how do you get to the back of an air cap passage ????
disassemble the gun
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Watched your video and I gotta tell you if it was me I think I would have re sealed the whole car after you sanded all your runs out, as you will have too many light and dark areas your trying to cover up with your base. Panther pink is not really a dark color that will hide all these areas easily, I have used pro spray base and with the coverage as excellent as it is I dont think I would had tried to salvage it without a reseal. This is where your striping may be coming from to much coverage on your dark areas and not enough on the light areas.............think about it, if you put 3 coats over everthing you really have 6 coats on the dark spots and only 3 on the lighter areas = stripping.
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disassemble the gun

that will get you to the fluid tip passage but wont help with the air passages. break a toothpick off in there and you will spend the day trying to remove it. the welders cleaners have a 1/2 of smooth tip before the serrations. the smallest one will fit any gun that i have owned. the correct way is to buy a gun maintenance kit which will have all you need to keep your gun clean.
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Another trick, would be , disassemble the gun when your finished shooting and put it in a gun washer.
Never have to use a toothpick doing it the right way!
Gun maintence is the trick.
Or as Shine said, welding tip cleaner has no file teeth the first 3/4 inch or so.
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toothpicks belong in hamburgers , not your paint gun. it takes all of 2 min to clean a gun right .
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