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how to apply clear coat?
Posted 27 September 2010 - 09:15 PM
the priming and base coat are all done. so my next step before clear coating is:
1. wet sand with 2000 grit.
2. clean with wax/grease remover stuff.
what's the purpose of the wet sanding? is this to improve the paint finish or for adhesion of the clear coat, or both? i'm not after perfection looks wise, more interested in it lasting (though like welding i realize there's some correlation between the two).
seems odd to sand paint. though i realize it's 2000 grit and wet.
i've heard folks say the paint looks worse after the wet sanding but looks good once the clear is applied?
Posted 27 September 2010 - 10:02 PM
Posted 27 September 2010 - 10:14 PM
Actually I think it's all pretty forgiving until the clear coat goes on.
Gotta be a reason the paint guys wanna use it rather than single stage. I get tired of them wanting to base/clear my antiques that certainly didn't come that way and never see the weather.
Posted 27 September 2010 - 10:32 PM
The flash time is usually documented on the back of the can.
Never seen a flash time of longer than 24hours, so that means the clear MUST be put on within 24hours of the last basecoat. Less time of course in less humid enviros.
We need to have a bodywork thread category. And let the experts chime in for us.
Edited by bheinen74, 27 September 2010 - 10:35 PM.
Posted 27 September 2010 - 10:47 PM
Posted 27 September 2010 - 11:44 PM
Posted 28 September 2010 - 06:15 AM
is that my best option, just don't clear coat this now then?
i still have to paint some other areas though so i still need this info now as well.
Posted 28 September 2010 - 06:34 AM
Posted 28 September 2010 - 07:47 AM
Another coat of color (guessing that color will bond to roughed up color better).
But I'm hardly a bidy guy.
But that would solve the not getting the clear painted in 24 hours.
Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:36 AM
I've seen a ton of recommendations - including a couple folks that say don't sand metallic - well mine is metallic, so I should sand but can't?
Still going to paint and clear the hood soon though, I'll do that all the way through.
Posted 15 October 2010 - 10:20 PM
i ended up doing a light sand and clear coat over the fender and hood, thanks guys. ended up using NAPA auto paint mixed in an aerosol can and then an actual 2 stage clear coat i bought from an online place. you mix it onsite and spray it aerosol style. if i'm lucky the two stage i think should last for awhile and not have to worry about it. it's a daily driver we just beat around in and i don't care much about it. glad i've hit three deer with it and none of the other soobs that i like.
drove it today. doesn't match, is far from perfect but does the trick, WAAAY better than two tone brown and white, i don't care what my cars look like but that's not what i'm after either.
hit a deer, replaced fender and hood. before and after pic's attached.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 01:30 PM
one recommendation - don't spray without a shirt on....well at least not if your chest and back have hair, it falls right on the paint.
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