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Old 08-19-2007, 03:25 PM
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How to get a clean edge on a two tone paint job.

I want to do a two tone paint job in bc/cc, but I don't know how to prevent a lip from forming on the tape when I spray on the second color. A guy at a local shop told me to wet my finger and run it along the seam but I really don't think that's a good idea. I understand that it's not okay to sand the basecoat, so I don't really know what to do.

Additionally, is it okay to clear over pinstriping tape?

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You'll always have a little lip, you have to bury it in the clear.
I very gently hit the edge with fine sandpaper before clearing,
but just enough to take off the sharpness of the edge.
I barely sand it.
If you get enough clear on there you can level it out.

You can clear over pin stripes, so I'm told.
I haven't done it but here a lot of people have and it did fine.
You can also buy pin stripe tape for painting the stripes.
It comes in a 1" wide tape and has pull-outs to paint your stripes.
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Originally Posted by jcclark
It comes in a 1" wide tape and has pull-outs to paint your stripes.
Now that sounds interesting. No way an amateur (such as myself) could mask off striping and get it straight.
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Two tone

I found that one way to do a clean two tone is not over apply color to the stripe line. Most people put more base coat on than is necessary resulting in a heavy edge. When putting on your second color, don't be worried about total coverage near your stripe line. Concentrate on coverage on the rest of your panel(s) and then as you do your orientation or metallic control coat, only put enough base on the stripe line as needed. Your not doing a color match, so multiple coats aren't necessary. When you clear the panel(s), put a medium wet coat on the stripe area and allow to set up until slick to the touch. This will give you a bridge over the uneven area, then continue with your clear coating of two to three coats on the entire panels.
There is an old saying in auto painting that slower is better. Be sure to use quality products and thinners-reducers selected for your application. You must consider the size of the job, air flow, temperature and application technique. This is true of all products applied.
Good luck and I will be interested to hear of your results.
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