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Old 07-07-2005, 07:57 AM
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First paint job -- some dry spray....

Managed to paint the kids' jeep -- first ever auto paint job (boat bottoms are more forgiving).

The tub turned out pretty good, had to touch up a couple areas due to some dirt, but it was generally good except...

The hood had a lot of rough areas, what I call dry spray. Seems like the paint didn't flow as well there -- maybe I had the gun too far away or at too much of an angle to reach?

Tried to sand it out but 1500 didn't do it, even 1000 wasn't enough, and I am afraid to go rougher. Also tried 3M rubbing compound with a new wool pad, didn't get it all.

A painting friend suggests reclear with some lacquer thinner mixed into the clear to help it flow... does this sound like it will work?

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That is one way I have seen it done.
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I would not respray with added thinners this will let it go on smoother at first but trust me a couple of weeks later or maybee even the next day you won't be happy. Probably will get alot of shrink back in the final coat and it will go all ripply. A long time ago I tried this on the hood of a 73 chev pick up. The hood looked great at first but a week later the clear coat went completely spider cracked everywhere . The cracks were so bad the clear looked like it was white.

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Many clears you can add reducer to, but make sure you are using the proper solvent. Urethane reducer for urethane clear, not lacquer thinner which will also flash quickly. But if the rest of it layed out nice, you probably don't have to add the reducer, It may have been your technique when reaching over a large hood. Another possibility if you didn't have good ventilation is overspray from other panels landing and drying on the hood.
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you should only have to reclear the hood, i wouldnt use any reducer unless the clear calls for it, when im spraying a hood, i will put one 3 good wet coats , im in georgia and it is really hot, so i let it flash 15 minutes in between coats and really wet it, hopes this helps, mike.
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