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Old 06-25-2008, 03:41 PM
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Gloss body - flat stripe paint question

Going to be painting in the next couple weeks here (wish me luck, I'll need it)

I'm doing a gloss BC/CC for the majority of the body, but I'm going to have a flat black stripe running down the center of the car using a flat black urethane and a flat urethane clear coat.

I'm thinking if I shoot the entire car with the color, then come back and do the stripe I'm going to have a ridge that I won't be able to color sand down.

So should I mask off my stripe, do the gloss color and clear, then come back and "reverse" mask for the stripe and spray the flat color and clear so that the paint will hopefully be at the same level or thickness?

If you haven't picked up on it yet, this is my first paint job... Both feet, WAYYYY in.

Help.....

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The whole car is going to be black? and the stripes are going to be flat black?
I really don't see a way to do this without having some tape lines. I really think the easiest way to get a minimum line would be to shoot the whole car then sand and buff if needed. Then mask for the stripes and scuff the stripe area down with a grey scotchbrite and scuff gel or Ajax. Then shoot two thin coats of flattened clear or flattened singlestage urethane black. Slightly over reducing the clear or singlestage will help you to get it on thin and should leave a minor tape line. Use a fast reducer for less gloss and a slow reducer for more gloss, less flattener for more gloss, more flattener for less gloss-all dependant on how flat you want it. Spraying a test panel when using flattener is definately a good idea to verify your ratios are right.
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The whole car is going to be black? and the stripes are going to be flat black?
The whole car is going to be a metallic green and the stripe is going to be flat black...

Thanks for the info, sounds like a good plan to me.
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You will have a tape line no matter how you do it. And dont color sand and buff the flat paint because if you buff it it will not be flat anymore. JMO. Tim
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I haven't really used flat paint often, and haven't used a flattened clear, but was just thinking, would clear with flattener added buff up to the same level as if a flattener were not added? Not advising to do this or saying it would work but If it would buff up the same, but maybe an experiment to try on a small panel.
What if you Sprayed your hood with basecoat, then mask off and spray your stripe (second color), with base. Then work on burying the line with clear, have one gun loaded with straight clear, one with flattened. Switch guns and use the flattened clear for the passes over the stripe. Then afterwards mask up the stripe, and cut and buff everything but the stripe you want to keep flat. Depending how well a flat clear would buff back,just use a flatened clear to clear the panels getting the stripes, and buff out the areas you want gloss. Just a crazy idea to try, maybe I think too much for my own good.
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Just a crazy idea to try, maybe I think too much for my own good.

I like where your head is at, I have a junk fender that I can give it a try on... Thanks for the brainstorming!
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