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Old 06-18-2006, 11:52 AM
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Painting in several stages

If I paint the basecoat in several stages could change the final color?
in other words, if I paint the fender today and tomorrow I paint the door
I will get different colors?

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Depends...... If you're using metallics you could easily get different shades and depth of color. Non metallics will generally not be a problem painting in stages, as long as you mix the paint well in the can before you spray it.
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Would you be doing BOTH base & clear each day? If not then you will have adhesion problems if you go over the recommended re-coat time.
I don't understand why you would need to do this though. Get the car ready for paint and then paint it all at once... Saves the worry doesn't it?
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I have painted several cars in stages and haven't had a problem with color
match, and most were metallic.
There are several things to help with this.
First, I take a gallon of color and mix it really well and immediately
pour it off into 1 quart cans. Then use from those.
This really helps to keep it consistent, you're not always taking off
the top of a gallon can and having settling issues.

Second, I always paint over the same color primer with the same gun
and the same settings. Document everything for future reference.

I just painted a bumper on a car that I painted 3 yrs ago and it
still matched. Just be careful to duplicate your process and mix
your paint real good. And as said above, clear your base before moving on.
Also be sure to use the same clear and mix ratios along with the same
no. of coats for base and clear. It's not as hard as it sounds.
Consistency is the key.
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re: Painting in several stages

Thanks all for the reply, that will help me a lot, I live in a apartment and the rules don't let me to have car that look partially paint or look like junk, a friend of mine let me use his place but a short time one and while.

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I sure don't miss apartment living. Painting metallic in stages is going to be tricky. solid color, no problem. You need to keep everything the same, including temperature and humidity which is hard to control. What about all one color of primer?? would they allow that. Then you could get all the bodywork done on your pieces, jamb the pieces and mask the outside to not get a lot of paint overspray on it and get the car all one shade of primer (epoxy if being driven) and when you can have access to the garage one good weekend, sand mask and paint it all at the same time. Just a thought. Or how about getting a cheap car to drive around for while (all one color of course) and keep the car in a small storage building when not working on it. I haven't checked prices in awhile, but think you could find one that the car will just slide into for $50 a month range.
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