Originally Posted by Hipster_G
I don't know man Standox and Sikkens make some bad *** single stage. Standox's black is the blackest I've ever seen and looks absolutely amazing and miles deep sanded and buffed. Totally blows a 2 stage job away. Sikkens autocryl is not far behind. Not saying I would do a metallic in it but there's something to be said for a well executed black or a pretty red in a high end single stage where the color hasn't been buried under clear. Unless you were told you'd never know it was single stage. For sake of simplicity single stage is basically colored clear, but what do I know, I'm not getting 10k to paint a car using 5 star clear or calling my self a custom painter either.
I agree, with single stage solid colors you can color sand and buff. I said that! But he had metallic on his car, so trying to stick to the thread, I was responding about metallic colors mostly, although I did say you can buff out solid single stage. I still think 2-stage is much better looking than any single stage, or at least mine are! You cant get the depth with single stage no matter what you do that you can get with 2 or 3-stage. If you clear over single stage, then it is no longer single stage. Also I like to use pearls doing very subtle ghosted highlights etc in some of my mid coats or early clears. You don't notice it until the light hits it just right and all of a sudden you wonder where is that fantastic color coming from! Can't do that with single stage! For a body shop trying to save time and money single stage can work ok in many cases. I just can't do that quality of work, I am to picky. I am not going to disassemble a car and use crappy low budget single stage and feel right about it. I have much more pride in my work!
I use the 5 star for personal flips! I didn't say I use it for custom jobs! But is does compare to the best clears out there, for me, when I spray it. But this comment about 5-star comes from a guy who can't paint 2-stage better than single stage, so that comment is completely irrelevant.
If you are not getting better quality 2 stage jobs than single stage, then you need a little help there man!
There is no way you can get more depth in a single stage over a 2-stage! Not possible! No way! I am sure you see cows flying overhead too when you say that! Good fairy tale! If this was possible, then we would all be using this miracle paint, including all the high-end manufactures like Lamborghini and Ferrari who use a lot of solid colors (red and black). But now use mostly metallic's, as all manufactures do now. Nice try buddy! Someone has been inhaling paint fumes to long on that one! :-)
Thanks for your input! Even though it is mostly not correct! I would suggest you get some fresh air before your next reply to clear you head!