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Old 06-15-2012, 10:50 PM
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did I mix my paint wrong?

Hey guys so I shot my dd a few weeks ago with summit ss charcoal metallic gray&it came out pretty good but the paint felt kind of rough but was still ok&wasn't too bad I had a panel I had to re shoot just got to it today&man the paint came out like glass!I'm gonna go ahead&re shoot today I added a bit more reducer today could it be that or was it more or less activator?

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:27 PM
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Mix it exactly as it says in the tech sheets, don't EVER mess with the amount of activator. You can add a little more reducer but don't ever mess with the hardener.

As far as why it is rough, there are a bunch of things that it could be. Sure, a little too thick, not enough reducer. But if it was mixed as per the tech sheet then it comes down to atomization. If it isn't being atomized properly you aren't going to get a smooth finish.

Why kind of gun, what compressor and piping/hoses and filters are you running? Lack of air volume is one of the most common mistakes.

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Old 06-16-2012, 06:06 AM
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It could also be as simple as ,Your just getting the hang of it..
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:26 AM
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When paint is put on too dry it will look like it was never sanded below the surface of the paint, a ROUGH LOOK. When I moved from Minnesota to Cal i had to learn to paint all over again, the air here is hot and dry, put the material on too lightly and it looks terrible. And as Brian says, this can also be a gun adjustment. Many newbies haven't figured out the fine line between a good wet coat and getting sags from too much material. Experiment a little.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:02 AM
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Experimenting is the trick. Get a junk panel to paint (body shops throw out perfect parts for practice every day. Nice late model fenders with good paint that are bent, they are perfect to scuff and paint, when done toss it in the garbage.

TRY to run it, paint it REALLY bad, then back off, then go the other way and spray it too dry, find out it's limits.

The cost of the paint isn't crap compared to a ruined paint job you have spent hours upon hours prepping.

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Old 06-16-2012, 02:29 PM
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Hey Brian its a 33 gal craftsman comp&the cheapo hf purple gun.
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