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Unread 03-23-2015, 02:09 AM   #1
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Proper touch-up paint preparation?

I have this:


But I can't seem to get it to spray on even. The second it hits the surface it seems to blotch up into little puddles. Anybody know how to get an even coat with this stuff? I scuffed the existing paint lightly with a scotch bright pad until the shine was gone, then I sprayed. But I don't know much about body work. It's just a little can and I'd hate to waist it experimenting.

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Unread 03-23-2015, 02:23 AM   #2
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That's often called fish eye or orange peel.


After prepping the surface for paint, wipe it down with lacquer thinner... IMO
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Unread 03-23-2015, 02:29 AM   #3
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After prepping the surface for paint, wipe it down with lacquer thinner...
Ahhh. Thanks!
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Lots of folks just start sanding or using a abrasive to work the area, But fail to CLEAN the surface 1st..
Then you grind in all that wax and oil and bird poop and acid rain. Paint will never work right.. Unless its over spray then it stick like glue and never wipe off.

Clean then clean again then clean again.. May even have to use thinner on the abrasives so as to get all that you ground in off.

Lacquer paint is different than enamel it required wet sanding afterward........ that is just going on memory... I hate body work and really dont do it. Had a car that had cracking in paint over the whole car and I waxed over it many many many times trying to get all those cracks out... Then I wanted to repaint... I never got the wax off... 8 home paint jobs later I learned a hard lesson. Clean FIRST. I had to take that car to the metal. and then clean it....
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Lots of folks just start sanding or using a abrasive to work the area, But fail to CLEAN the surface 1st.. Then you grind in all that wax and oil and bird poop and acid rain. Paint will never work right.. Unless its over spray then it stick like glue and never wipe off. Clean then clean again then clean again.. May even have to use thinner on the abrasives so as to get all that you ground in off. Lacquer paint is different than enamel it required wet sanding afterward........ that is just going on memory... I hate body work and really dont do it. Had a car that had cracking in paint over the whole car and I waxed over it many many many times trying to get all those cracks out... Then I wanted to repaint... I never got the wax off... 8 home paint jobs later I learned a hard lesson. Clean FIRST. I had to take that car to the metal. and then clean it....
Yikes! Ok Gotcha. Thanks.
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I could peel sheets of it off... It would take a day or so before it started.... I almost just took it to a dealer and traded it in during the window of no peel... Every inch would peel off... I loved that car too...
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I have this:


But I can't seem to get it to spray on even. The second it hits the surface it seems to blotch up into little puddles. Anybody know how to get an even coat with this stuff? I scuffed the existing paint lightly with a scotch bright pad until the shine was gone, then I sprayed. But I don't know much about body work. It's just a little can and I'd hate to waist it experimenting.
I used the same thing on a test panel. took a couple of coats to even out, but that blotchyness you are talking about goes away after a few coats.

color was quite a fair bit off for me though.
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I used the same thing on a test panel. took a couple of coats to even out, but that blotchyness you are talking about goes away after a few coats. color was quite a fair bit off for me though.
Hmm. It didn't match? Are you sure the paint code was right? I ask because I know there are two very similar silvers that I had to pic from. I think one (mine) was slightly more metallic than the other. Thanks for the tip on the blotches.
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Yup I'm sure. PBT. Patriot Blue Pearl.
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Yup I'm sure. PBT. Patriot Blue Pearl.
well that sucks... I hope mine is a match.
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It's hard to match something that comes from a can to something that came painted over a decade ago professionally and then sat exposed to the elements. Best you can hope for is getting close, it's obviously a lot easier with some colors...good luck!
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well that sucks... I hope mine is a match.
make sure to do a test panel before painting anything important.
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