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i use an iwata w400lv 1.4 for spraying. Unreduced. Just mix 1-1 with activator.

Depending on the job at hand, i start cutting with 800 or 1000. Work my way up to 3000 trizact and use mequiars diamond cut compound and a wool pad.

I let the car sit in the sun a full day before cutting, then let it sit another full day after the initial 800-1000 cut.

this is after just the wool pad.

Now that is sexy, how many coats total is that?

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Im not an expert and do not have much experience shooting clears. Im just wondering if I need more PSI. I noticed that when I use the PSI setting recommended by the gun it barely shoots paint. When I increase the psi a bit seems to work fine. Will this PSI effect the finish and create orange peel in the clear. I noticed by watching some videos of people shooting clear its shoots very misty. Maybe Im laying too thick.. Im going to test and adjust my gun before starting next time. I just purchases a gun with 1.4 tip
crank the air up to 25-30 at the inlet to the gun. Better yet toss the gun in the garbage and get a top end gun.

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Now that is sexy, how many coats total is that?
3 coats of universal, cut with 800 all the way to 3000.

get those factory gun air pressure settings out of your head. no 2 clears spray the same. i'm at about 28-30 on my w400.

just a side note, w400 is my main clear gun but on that vette i did use my lph400 1.4 because the w took a dump on me at that particular time. They both lay the clear great, just the w400 is faster and fits my style better.
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Where can you get the SPI clear at and whats the price?

I have been usinf Acme Finish 1 clear made by Sherwin Williams for a while now since Finish master stopped selling Smart brand clear. Workes great for the used cars. On the other stuff I use Deltron DC 4000.
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Where can you get the SPI clear at and whats the price?

I have been usinf Acme Finish 1 clear made by Sherwin Williams for a while now since Finish master stopped selling Smart brand clear. Workes great for the used cars. On the other stuff I use Deltron DC 4000.
Call them and see if you have a local vendor. If they do not have one near you they will ship direct to your door - no shipping charges!

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If your on the west side of wi there's a guy in mn that ships to you. Name is auto parts city.
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Checked out the website definitly worth getting some. I am about a 1/2 from Milwaukee but will call the company to see if anyone one carries it.
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Here are some pics of the cad and one of the 55 chevy
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OK,I'm in ....SPI universal clear over Blk chroma base...Before cut & buff..
Lot car...SPI again over RED Nason ful base..no cut & buff....and they say Nason cant be blended..
I started using SPI about seven yrs ago because of the price.since then I've tried most of thier products,they all preform well at a good price but thier clear and epoxy primer stand head and shoulders above the rest at ANY price...Theres only a few companies that have earned this amount of praise but of them SPI is at the top and I havent even gotten into thier service at all ...even if the clear and epoxy was just average the sales and service alone is enough to have me hooked.....
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...even if the clear and epoxy was just average the sales and service alone is enough to have me hooked.....
DITTO from Dallas.

I just finished swapping emails with Barry re compatability of SPI Universal Clear with a water based 100% Acrylic Base Coat (it is - with a little common sense), and it is SUNDAY!!

Try THAT with some of the other guys!!

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The clear is very good. Seems on the "softer" side but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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Boy this is areal old thread that has been dug up. As a matter of fact, that white caddy project in the pics went on hold right after I sprayed it and has been in storage ever since. Still has to be cut and buffed, being SPI clear should not even be a problem, 4 years or so later (will probably be even longer). Even the 55 chevy is still sitting unfinished, after I finished all that I had to do to it.
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I've been custom painting for 50 years now. First car was in high school. I started painting for others in '73, then went full time in '86. I have used all of the major brands, but would try to stick with a system that worked until it eventually was reformulated, and became a problem.

I started with the SPI clear about a year ago, and I have a few things I appreciate about it.

Hard to run.
high build, so fewer coats. (I sand and buff every job.)
Shorter flash time between coats.
No gas bubbles between layers.
No solvent pop craters ("fish pops") as some new clears have.
Compatible with different color coats.
Easy to sand and buff.
The cost is very good for a quality paint.

Negative things: I haven't found any yet. LOL!
I suppose it would be nice if it was sold locally... for emergencies.. but I won't switch unless the formula is changed.
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I've been custom painting for 50 years now. First car was in high school. I started painting for others in '73, then went full time in '86. I have used all of the major brands, but would try to stick with a system that worked until it eventually was reformulated, and became a problem.

I started with the SPI clear about a year ago, and I have a few things I appreciate about it.

Hard to run.
high build, so fewer coats. (I sand and buff every job.)
Shorter flash time between coats.
No gas bubbles between layers.
No solvent pop craters ("fish pops") as some new clears have.
Compatible with different color coats.
Easy to sand and buff.
The cost is very good for a quality paint.

Negative things: I haven't found any yet. LOL!
I suppose it would be nice if it was sold locally... for emergencies.. but I won't switch unless the formula is changed.
You do have to appreciate the free shipping as well as the fact that it almost always ships same day as ordered. I ordered a gallon of Epoxy from Barry at 3:00 pm and it was at my door step by noon the next day. Of course, I am only 100 miles from Blairsville but that is still great service.

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