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Old 03-20-07, 08:26PM   #1
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Default Clear coat ?

Ok, I don't have a lot of experience painting with clear coat, and I am getting ready to paint the tins on my HD. After running through the process on a spare fender, I keep getting a slight amount of orange peel in the clear coat only. I triple checked the mix and followed the recommended ratio (4:1). To me it sounds like the mix needs adjusting on the gun. Does anyone have any tips on adjusting the gun for clear coat? I have done some pretty sick airbrush work on it, and I would hate to mess it up with a bad clear coat.
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Old 03-21-07, 08:03AM   #2
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what kind of reducer ,i.e. fast medium or slow. And whats the temp your shooting in? If the peel aint to bad Id cut and buff it?
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Old 03-21-07, 10:53AM   #3
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I'm using a fast reducer. Temp was around 72 degrees when I shot it. It seemed worse in some areas than othors. It wasn't too bad, but it was more than I would have liked. I used the same settings that I used for the base coat, but I'm wondering if I should turn up the flow a little more?
Hey, just noticed you're from Nebraska. Not sure where Leshara is, but I grew up just South of Omaha in Bellevue and went to UNL as well.
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Old 03-21-07, 06:40PM   #4
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Alittle more flow could help but be careful not to over do it. You dont want sags and runs. I would drop to a medium reducer for that temp. It could also be the distance from the fender your clearing too. Too far from the item and you could be putting it on to dry.
Lesharas between omaha and freemont. Im in bellvue all the time. As a matter of fact there really getting to know me over at u-pullit down on 60th.
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HA HA, he said u-pullit
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I get it but the amazing thing is they are next door to u-fillit
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Old 03-24-07, 01:41PM   #7
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I gotcha, I used to spend a lot of time at that u-pull it myself. It's nice to be able to pull it and fill it in the same neighborhood! I got to thinking and you may be right about the distance. When it warms up a little, I'm gonna try another test and see how that comes out. Thanks for the help!
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Remember the joy of orange peel is you can sand it off. Unless it is extreme of course then its way to dry.
Remember that the factory even gets orange peel...
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Ok, man, I just finished the last coat of clear. Turned out pretty good. I think my coverage was the prob. I think I was going too fast and putting it on too far away. As soon as I got closer and saw how it needed to go on I got the hang of it. Thanks for all the help guys!
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Remember after ya buff it dont wax it for at least a month. It will still have escaping solvents.
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