All this talk about the failure on my car has stirred quite
a debate, here and elseware.
I don't intend to "bad-mouth" Kirker, they make some good products.
I probably did something wrong, just don't want to repeat it.
Points for clarification:
1. I used a different enamel brand.
That was probably my mistake in itself but I got it all at the
same store and that's what they gave me to use & recommended.
"I should never assume" (I'll write it 100 times).
2. The lazer dry says "Kirker recommends the use of a hardener"
I interpeted that to mean "optional" - IT"S NOT!.
The paint rep for Kirker says it's mandatory-my mistake.
I may not have used hardener, I can't remember.
3. I used a differt brand clear-I don't think that matters.
4. Everything painted was well sanded (factory finish) and covered
with 2K primer, allowed to dry 1 week, sanded then painted.
5. The directions were followed exactly for mixing, except maybe the
6. Most important- It was "perfect" for over 3 years, never waxed,
and is only failing where the sun hits it. AND the clear is fine over it.
When I sand through the clear then the color- the color under
the surfaced dark spots looks normal along with the 2k primer underneath.
If it weren't clear coated the spots could be buffed off.
I am repainting with the same stuff in order to sell it, I'll be sure to
use hardener. I probably will never know if it helped.
Thanks to everyone who contributed, I really appreciate it.
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