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Old 07-09-2007, 08:32 PM
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my problem is orange peel in refinishing. i have to do lots of time and work in rubing and me solution.

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Reduce your clear and turn up the air pressure. Use a slow reducer and a slow (high temperature) activator. Both will slow the curing process and give the clear a chance to flow out smooth.

Tape some masking paper to the wall. Point your gun and hold the trigger for 1 second. Keep adjusting your fluid and pressure until it doesn't run.

Paint a piece of scrape metal with your adjusted gun. Once you have the clear reduced right, and your gun adjusted properly, the clear should flow out nice and smooth. Once you have the clear drying with out orange peel, then paint your car.

The only sanding and buffing you'll have to do is to get rid of the bugs and dirt nibs.

Good Luck Frank
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Frank is correct, when I was painting my coupe a young fellow with a lot more experience painting then me showed me something. I was getting more orange peal than I wanted in my clear, especially the last coat. He over-reduced the last coat of clear about 10% and cranked up the pressure. The gun was putting out a fog of clear. It went on like liquid glass and stayed there, greatly minimizing color sanding and buffing.

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How much did you increase the pressure by?


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Every paint gun is different. The material you spray is also different. The problem I have seen many times is that the gun is not breaking up the material enough. The air pressure that one person uses, has nothing to do with what will work for you, and your gun.

Frank gave you good advise. He didn't say "set the air pressure at $$, and the fluid turned out ** turns", for a reason. That is why you need to shoot the clear on something, while adjusting. To see how that gun reacts.

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