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I am spraying DBC basecoat over a repaired area ( blending the color ) and clearing the panel. I am planning on laying down DBC 500 ( CLEAR BASECOAT ) before applying my basecoat color . Is it a good idea to mix 50/50 basecoat and color blender and spray that after the repaired area is covered with basecoat ? Do you spray this mix over the repaired area also or just beyond it to help with blend ?? Thanks

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Anyone use DBC 500 blender often ?? Should I just use it over blended edge ?? Any advice appreciated, Thanks.
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I've not used DBC 500 but "my" understanding is,it's an inter coat type clear not exactly a blender. I would spray a coat over the prepared area for doing a metallic repair as inter coat really helps with blending those in. Don't know "what" your spraying so that would help.
IMO, I would follow Barrys advice and use a product called Fade Out.
Quote for SPI's site on it FWIW.

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Have the can setting next to you all shook-up, spray your first coat of base and with out waiting take the can and spray a medium wet coat over the whole base spotted area, then let flash as normal, do the same thing with each coat of base.
Here is what you will get, you will not see the base blend that you see in blacks and darker colors and the clear will be melted in so you can sand and not roll up the edges and you did not thin the clear down so the edge will not bleach out down the road.
Most likely you will not even need to buff it.
I spotted in the dark green metallic hood of my Rover in 15 minutes (outside the garage) the night before the buyer picked it up at the airport and never needed to buff it.
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The most common ways to use the 500 intercoat clear:
For blending metalic basecoats most will scuff the complete panel then shoot a coat of 500 to wet out the scratches, then apply the base and blend it out. The 500 makes a nice surface to blend on as then there's no scratches left for the metalics to hang up on and highlight.

You can also reduce some colors with 500 so the coverage strength is less which makes for an easier fade or blend-but this will also change the metalic orientation with some colors-usually the fine metalics.

You can also test your colormatch with 500 as it simulates what the base will look like with the topcoat clear.

500 also works well between heavy taping to protect the basecoat layers. Basecoats can be tough to keep clean and metalics will take scratches easily during taping so if you apply a coat or two of 500 before the taping it will give you a surface that's easier to keep clean and also a layer to protect metalics from damage.-hope that makes sense.

500 can also be loaded with candy dye or flakes or pearls for custom work.

PPG's intercoat clears are DBC500 DBU500 D895
SPI also has a good one. And most of the larger companies also have their own version. I like PPG's and SPI's as they spray and tack up nice for taping-not sticky like some others
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I also read some where that you can use this to tint a set of tail lights to be colormatched??? I am trying to find information on how to color match a set of tail lights to the body color of my car..
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