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Join Date: May 2007
I've had good luck combining the sprays, i.e., Clear Coat AND Gloss Black at the same time.
Note that I've only done this on smaller projects - brackets, side covers, frame, etc. I've never tried a rattle can job on a tank.
I HAVE painted whole cars and trucks, but that's for a different story, and does not apply here. We're talking about rattle cans for this thread!
Major Disclaimer: Try this on an experimental Project first!!!
First you give the project a few VERY thin mist coats of the black, wait a few minutes for it to get tacky...
Then have one spray can in each hand, alternate between Black and Clear, ending with more clear being sprayed than black.
Pause every 20 seconds or so, and let it dry a little to get tacky. 5 or six thin coats, after letting each successive one tack up, is much better than 1 or 2 thick coats.
Always wet sand with some type of backing, rubber pad, foam rubber, etc. Your fingers or palm make a bad backing.
"Color Sanding" is wet sanding very carefully with 1500 to 2000 grit paper, checking your work constantly, the idea being to achieve a mirror smooth finish - no orange peel, runs, high/low spots. This is followed by polishing with compound, swirl remover and glaze polish. Stay away from corners and sharp edges, as these areas tend to hold thinner amounts of paint.
The result will be a foot deep, see yourself good enough to shave by, shiny. Again, practice on something unimportant, as it does take a little practice. Worst case? Strip it down and try again. Not the end of the world.
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