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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Clear Coating???

How many people here clear coat after spray painting?

I ALWAYS prime before painting but I've never clear coated anything. Well.. some shitty winter rims before but they turned to crackle for some screwed up reason I dont know why.

AAAnnnyyyways I'm going to be night shading (yes I'm jumping on the bandwagon ) I want to clear them after (rattlecan)

what brand of clear coat should I use with Nightshades? I was thinking duplicolour? should I 2000gritt wetsand between coats? I just want them to look good, not all flat and shitty I'm not workin tomorrow so I have all day to do this no rush

EDIT I didnt clear the Tails but thanks to blue flash and his Idea I 2000Grit Wet sanded them and used some mothers scratch repair on them and they turned out really nice I might do my 3rd brake light
... oh and i made a shorty antenna today its in the second pic, looks great, its the little things that count lol YES I know my car is filthy, but its too hot right now to wash it




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I used duplicolor on mine, you dont have to sand but I wet sanded mine and buffed them out. But if you do it right they will still come out nice without sanding.

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Make sure it's UV protectant paint. you're nightshades will look like shit after summers over if you dont.

Sanding with 2000 grit between clear coats isnt necessary. I never sand clear coats and rarely sand in-between color coats unless it looks like the paint isnt adhering well, or it's not smooth. You'd probably being doing more work then you need to for what you're doing. Although it probably wont hurt, it'll just take a while.
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VHT sells a clear coat designed for the nightshade... that's what I used.

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kinda sounds like a good idea just be patient with it, and when you're done, wet sand it with 1500 to get all the orange peel out. then compound and polish it and it should look siiiiick glassy smooth.

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Clear and wetsanding steps are not required, but they do make the difference between a okay paint job and a great one.


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yeah I was just wondering that with painting the engine valve cover is there any high temp gloss??

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yeah I was just wondering that with painting the engine valve cover is there any high temp gloss??
there is, it's in the paint section by the other high temp paints. I used it on my plastic cover, and it's done it's job well so far.

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I clear coat everything and I don't use rattle cans unless I have to. spray gun ftw and clear coat ftw. makes things turn out way better and more professional and if you don't want a high gloss you can buy matt clear in a can or you can add a flattening agent to the clear you spray with a gun.
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I dont have a spray gun.. well I do but its an airless one, it was $800 and works amazingly on house applications and patio and deck staining and other projects but I dont think it would work well for clear coating lmao

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