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Old 11-01-2005, 10:48 AM
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Painting directions: What do these terms mean?

OK, So what do these directions mean:

1 Apply 2-3 medium wet coats plus a drop coat.
What is a wet coat and what is a drop coat?

Allow 5 minutes flash time between coats.\\\

Now on the clear coat directions it says:
Apply 2 medium wet cross coats.
What are wet cross coats?

Allow to flash handslick between coats. A Wet on Wet Limited Flash application can be used, allow 2-5 minute flash between coats.

Can you help me make sense of this?


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What brand of clear are you using that is giving you these guidelines??? I would like to know

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What brand of clear are you using that is giving you these guidelines??? I would like to know

Matthew

Bought it all at the local NAPA Parts store.


BTW: The two links from the other thread don't address these questions. Do you happen to know what these terms mean?
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OK, So what do these directions mean:

Apply 2 medium wet cross coats.
What are wet cross coats?
I don't know, but since no one has answered, I'll guess.
Maybe 1 coat horizontal and 1 coat vertical thus crossing each other.
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I'll not go into what I think about those directions , but to explain what they mean (as far as I'm aware):

Cross coats; as described above, i.e. second coat layed at 90 to the first.

Wet coats; Self explainatory really - a full, wet coat.

Drop Coat; AKA control coat, or dust coat - A final coat of base, usually applied with slightly lower pressure and from slightly further away, and not as wet. Can help to remove patchiness/striping from metallics, but also adds texture, which usually leads to more orange peel in your clear.

Handslick between coats; I guess they mean touch dry - i.e. when the clear is dry enough for you to touch it, without it stringing off on your finger (touch a taped up area next to the panel, not the panel itself!)

Wet on Wet Limited Flash; Basically throwing on another coat of clear before the above stage is reached. Can help the finish, as the two coats can flow into one another, but puts you at greater risk of trapping solvents under the surface.
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Paintguy,

Thank you sir. You are the man.

I will now drive home an attemp to do a final paint job on my gas tank. Everyone needs to keep their fingers crossed.
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