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Old 08-19-2006, 06:07 AM
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My 41 pontiac came with a 1/2 quart of paint that was "left over" from the paint job. After many hours of work, we repainted the hood, looked real good. Then we clear coated. It's beautiful, unfortunately, it is not the color of the rest of the car. It has to be done over. Do I have to strip it again, or can I sand it down and shoot BC/CC over this BC/CC??
The Seller is 1,000 miles away or I'd be considering a side trip on the way to the paint store.

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Old 08-19-2006, 07:23 AM
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sand it with 600 , let it cure for a while then reshoot it.
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Like shine said, no reason really to strip the hood if already painted with base clear and in good shape, just a color mismatch. With a pint of paint it is possible you may be close to running out, depending on mix ratio and coverage. Good thing is it sounds like it is already the color, just a shade off, so shouldn't take more then a coat or two of base. If this is a metallic color, even the same paint used to originally do the car can be off when you shoot it later. How its mixed, how you spray and the weather can all affect how the color comes out. If a metallic is sprayed wetter so the flakes lay down and settle deep in the layer it will be darker then a lighter dryer coat where flakes stand on edge. If you are worried about a match, You may want to consider sanding the fenders down with 800 and when you re shoot the hood let some base blend and drift over into the fender tops, then clear the fenders with the hood. The eye won't pick up this transition in color as it would if you painted only the hood. Or you could spray some test pieces experimenting with reduction and the way you apply and see what gets you a match. You will have to clear the pieces and place them next to the fender tops to check match. I think I would personally just do the fenders too. It really wouldn't take much of any more base, and only a little more clear.
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Old 08-19-2006, 09:51 AM
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It's always a good idea to spray a small test panel prior to spraying the vehicle. Also, most techs these days will blend soome of the color onto the adjacent panels, then clear coat them all. This ensures a good match. Even if the paint in question was a good match to the vehicle, equipment, technique, and environmental variations will all affect the match.
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:28 PM
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Sounds like these guys are right. There are a lot of factors in a metallic paint that can change the color. I totally agree with the blending idea. Maybe not the 800 I would use 1000 (that does not make 800 wrong). Also watch out for getting too much color on the back of the fender. We don't want to do the doors too. Make sure you've got the color all shook-up. If the can has been around awhile the metallics may be stuck to the bottom (this usually makes it darker) stir it. And realize now you've used color off the top so there will be too much metallics (this usually makes it lighter). A test panel is always a great idea, weather you are blending or not.
Blending a metallic color can be a little harder than it sounds. Gun technique is pretty important. If you can keep the color on the top of the fenders and blend in the corner before you get to the side you'll probably have the best results. But, I don't think that applies to the shape of the fenders on a 41 Pontiac, now that I think about it. Anyway, may apply for someone else with a similar prob.

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