Originally Posted by MARTINSR
I am certainly no custom painter but back when I did do a few candies and pearls the midcoat WAS the same clear at the final clear. You added pearl or candy to that clear, applied it over the base color then the clear was sprayed over that.
Is it not done like that at all anymore?
Sure, it is done everyday but a lot depends on what you are trying to accomplish and must remember using the regular clear can cause problems matching down the road even if you keep a record of grams added.
Last car I did that way using a homemade pearl set up was on a new black vett.
Gray scuffed the factory paint, added three different pearls to the clear, shot two coats and then went to three coats of just clear.
Like I told the guy who was a good friend of mine, there is no such thing as ever matching this car if you damage the door.