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Old 07-24-2004, 12:39 AM
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Deltron Clear Question

After checking into different paints, I am thinking I will go back to my good old Deltron. Only one thing different on this job. I am thinking of painting the DBU or DBC 1 day and then coming back in about 5 days and sanding to apply the clear. I am living a really goofy work schedule lately. In the past, I have sprayed the clear and color in the same shot. I am thinking you cannot wait that long between color and clear, but figured I would check anyway. It is more of time constraint thing lately and I am getting too old to physically work a long day on my day off. Bones ain't what they used to be.

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As your planing it will not work.
First both of these products have an open-coat or a re-coat time, not sure but I would say 13-26 hours that you can re-coat with out sanding. YOU MUST find out.

To clear 5-7 days later you would need to wet sand the base anything from 400-1500. and shoot another coat of color before you clear. If its a solid color you can go from sanding to clear.

I do this a lot myself because of my schedule and I have "lightly Grey scuff padded a few metallics and went to clear but that sure is a gamble, mostly have taken this chance on floor-boards and under hoods and deck lids.
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the ppg dbc basecoat must be cleared with in 24 hours or it will need to be scuffed and additional basecoat color will need to be applied
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Hi Ron,
Will be better off painting the base and clear in one shot. Are you painting in your garage, or a booth? This will make a huge difference in time overall, as the additional air movement in the booth greatly reduces flash times. I would suggest DCU2021 clear with DCX61 hardener and DT885 reducer. I've found that using the 885 reducer year around yields the best results. I've tried DT870 and DT895 to match conditions, but the results are always less than acceptable to me. It's kinda like that baby bear porridge! You should be able to shoot three coats of clear within an hour if working in a garage and somewhere between 30-45 minutes if spraying in a booth. If this is just a driver and you aren't planning on doing a lot of sanding and buffing, two coats of clear should be sufficient, which will much faster.

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Old 07-25-2004, 06:38 AM
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The sooner you apply the clear after the base flashes, the less likely you are to have bonding failure that lets the clear start peeling in a year or so. The clear actually penetrates the base coat, so the fresher it is the better the penetration resulting in a longer living paint job.


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