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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-07-2008, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Spray Paint and Clear Coats

Calling all do it yourself spray painters...I'm painting my Headlight Bucket & Handlebars and could use some advice.

I've Primed (3 coats w/400 or 800 grit inbetween coats) and painted (3-4 coats with High Gloss Black w/800 grit inbetween the first 2 coats) and I now have a good looking 4th coat of High Gloss Black that i could just roll with but i really want these puppies to shine!

1st--Should I hit the High Gloss with a 1500 Grit before i Clear Coat, or should i skip the 1500 and just hit it with Clear Coat?

2nd--When it comes to the Clear Coats (2-3 coats)...should i hit'em with 1500 grit inbetween coats or just polish (Mothers Step 1, 2, & 3) after the final coat has dried?

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Preparation is the key to a fine paint job. Sand before clear and between coats, then color sand. They'll gleam!
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Preparation is the key to a fine paint job. Sand before clear and between coats, then color sand. They'll gleam!

Whats color sand?

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in my experience, spray clearcoats suck. If I get good results with a high-gloss black spray paint I leave it alone, no sand, no buff, no clear.

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what sweat said... spray can clear coats always seem to yellow.

however, if you let the paint cure for a week or so, you can then buff the paint out really well.
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what sweat said... spray can clear coats always seem to yellow.

however, if you let the paint cure for a week or so, you can then buff the paint out really well.
From what i've read on both this site, google, and at duplicolor, they claim that the Clear Coat will yellow if it is in direct sunlight before it has cured completely.

I'm leaning towards the clear coat, but i'm still not 100% sold.

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powder coat it and forget about it.it will look good forever.if you know any one getting some bits done ask if you can send it along with theirs the cost wont be much as part of a batch.
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Get a black tube of Meguiar's Swirl Remover and a light cut Meguiar's foam buffing wheel. After the black has cured for at least a week, chuck the foam wheel into a 600 rpm drill and polish that black coat. It'll gleam.
For me the secret to a great clear coat was to apply three coats of it while the gloss black was just flashing off so the coats bonded (it wasn't lacquer which melts into any undercoat). Then followed by 1500 grit and the Meguiar's procedure.

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in my experience, spray clearcoats suck. If I get good results with a high-gloss black spray paint I leave it alone, no sand, no buff, no clear.
Always yellows and actually reduces the "gloss" to more of a shimer? I agree with Sweat...
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powder coat it and forget about it.it will look good forever.if you know any one getting some bits done ask if you can send it along with theirs the cost wont be much as part of a batch.
Worth every penny! And will last for a very long time...
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