Can you spray away the orange peel??

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Can you spray away the orange peel??

Post by rain74 on October 23rd 2012, 10:54 pm

So this 1st time newbie put on two thick first coats. In pictures the car looks impressive but close up there is orange peel.

If I thin the next coats out and make them light will they help 'fix' the current orange peel?

I got a variety pack of wet/dry sand paper (220/500/1000/1200) and I test sanded a bit on the roof of the Bug with the 500. I think the orange peel is too 'thick' for 500. I switched to the 220 and lightly sanded for a bit and there is dramatic improvement. If I sanded with the 220 I don't think I'd need to buff it out with the 500/1000/1200 as I could just continue putting on coats 3 and 4.

That's my ramble for tonight. Looks like I'll have to try and tackle this tomorrow.

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Post by rain74 on October 24th 2012, 9:31 pm

Well, I took my orbital sander with some 220 grit and gave it a medium sanding and got the orange peel (and drips) off. I upped the paint/ms/hardner ratio to 4:2:1, set the gun a bit differently and sprayed a very light coat. So far it looks beautiful.

Some of the places that I sanded got down past the primer and to bare metal. It suppose it will take a few of these thin coats to cover those spots.

Any advice is always appreciated.
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Post by rain74 on October 25th 2012, 5:49 pm

I looked at the job this morning and there does appear to be what I think is orange peel (bumpy paint)

Before I do another coat I'll lightly wet sand with some 1000grit and see what happens.
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