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X2 on the black lacquer primer for guide coat,I put about an inch in the bottom of my jga pot and add lacquer thinnner to the rest.I used to use SW black lacquer but haven't been able to find it so I started using 5 star hot rod black primer,works great for guide coat,isn't gummy to sand and I leave it mixed up in my jga on the bench

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Well, guys....I agree that feeling is a great way to check to see if a panel is straight...but...for me, I prime the vehicles I do in a dark primer....still use guide coat....and when I get down to where i feel I'm getting close to paint, I check the panel for a reflection....if I see any warp or warble in a reflection, I know that the same warp or warble will be in my finished product. So yes, feel for rough work, check reflections on a panel for finer work.

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3M dry guide coat, works far better than any rattle can IMHO. Wipe it wet with prepsol and check for any waves or distortions.

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We use so much guide coat at my shop that I stopped paying $7 a can for "guide coat" and now I go to home depot and buy $1 a can "spray paint". It works for me and I use it on everything and have never had a problem. Matter of fact I just painted a Boss 429 today that I used it on.

P.S. feeling is the best way by far
Feeling will tell you where your obvious lows are but for critical lows (that you will see as ripples) that are impossible to feel the dry guide coat and a FLAT block will for sure tell you exactly where you are at. Works for me every time. Used to use the cheap flat black spray paint, but it can't compare to the dry guide coat, no way. Any thing that can be felt with your hand should have been taken care of with your bodywork, anything you can feel should not be filled with primer.
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Feeling will tell you where your obvious lows are but for critical lows (that you will see as ripples) that are impossible to feel the dry guide coat and a FLAT block will for sure tell you exactly where you are at. Works for me every time. Used to use the cheap flat black spray paint, but it can't compare to the dry guide coat, no way. Any thing that can be felt with your hand should have been taken care of with your bodywork, anything you can feel should not be filled with primer.
X2 on that Dennis, the only way that I know of to get a car perfectly straight is to check for reflection. The smallest inconsistency in the reflection will show up in your finished product. If you can feel imperfections, it usually means more metal work or filler work.

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Some rattle can paint can be used but test on a small section first. The cheaper rattle can paint sometimes will clog the sandpaper.

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