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Old 03-23-2013, 08:40 PM
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A simple answer...NO...Acrylic Enamel is old technology, dating back to the late 60's and early 70's. I don't know who told you this but ask how it's safer? I'd like to know that one. Base clear is not nearly as difficult to apply and I'll explain why. When you apply base coat, as you paint the car the paint lays down very flat and thin, it dries extremely fast and if you have any imperfections like dirt or perhaps a run, let it dry, sand out the imperfection and apply more base over that area only, when the car has the base coat on or color coat and the car is completely covered and dry, you apply the clear coat. Two, three, or as many coats as you like. If you get any imperfections in the clear coat, like runs or dirt, you can polish them out. With acrylic enamel, if the color you chose had metallic's in the paint, what you see is what you get, there is no polishing or you will cut the tops of the metallic's and the color will be dead in that spot...with base clear, when you cut and buff it, it only gets better.

Acrylic Enamel, the only way it would have lower VOC's is because you might put on 3 or 4 coats of paint compared to say 3 coats of base coat (an average for coverage) and 2 to 3 coats of clear (most body shops apply 2 coats of clear, I apply 4 on show cars).

So again...NO...Acrylic Enamel is not easier, if anything, it's harder, it's not forgiving, as I said, with Acrylic Enamel what you see when you paint the car is what you see until the next time you paint the car.

I hope this explains why Acrylic Enamel is not the answer...if it makes you feel any better, the first paint job I did was base clear, it turned out nice...that was when base clear was a brand new technology and they've made it even more user friendly over the years.

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