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Has anyone tried clear coat?

Post by aaron on January 17th 2008, 11:45 am

Just wondering if anyone has tried clear coat instead of the sand then buff method. I know how great the paint looks without a clear coat. Just wondering if anyone has tried it and how well it turned out.
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Post by btldigger on January 17th 2008, 12:14 pm

You would still need to wetsand to 1200. I am going to be useing it on brightside. I dont know how it would work with oter paints. Most places use urethane clear now days. Most of the marine paints mentioned here are urethane.
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Post by aaron on January 17th 2008, 1:00 pm

I would be interested in knowing how that turns out. keep me posted.
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Post by btldigger on January 17th 2008, 3:41 pm

I will post it in my project thread. It will probably several weeks before it gets that far.
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Post by Matt on January 19th 2008, 4:31 am

I've heard of people clearing over it Aaron. They say it has a really nice shine but the downfall is if you have to make any repairs it's hard to blend it all back together having that section cleared over.

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Post by aaron on January 20th 2008, 9:59 pm

yeah that makes sense. I guess the real benefit is being able to go back and repair ANY scratch or chip easily. The clear coat would definitely screw that up. Good call Matt.
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Post by Matt on February 14th 2008, 1:52 am

A nice clear coat would make it shine but you could probably achieve the same shine with a few more buffer passes. Just my cents

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Post by ArcTourach on March 25th 2009, 3:32 am

has anyone thought about taking some sort of metal flakes and including it in the clear coat for the final coatings?
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Post by retired plumber on March 25th 2009, 6:06 pm

I am planning on doing the canopy on my 96 ford ranger. It is silver and I will be matching the truck color with auto paint which will be metallic. If that comes out OK I will try some purple metalflake graphics in clear. The problem , of course, will be the roller marks so this will be an experiment with pictures and comments as I progress. probably be a couple of weeks before I get started. Anything rolled and sanded with metallic in it will need a clear coat or two to protect the metallic because it is just silver mylar that has been colored and if sanded, it will be silver again, hence the clear coat. If spraying metallic auto paint and it comes out like glass then no sanding is necessory so no need for a clear coat.
The clear coat, if rolled, will need to be cut and buffed and its true that it makes spot repairs hard but you just need to go to a sharp body line or the edge of a panel to stop putting on clear. Clear basically was used to cover lacquer way back when and gave it that "miles deep look". Later it became the carrier of the UV protector stuff. Now it is the stuff that makes the shine in base coat/clear coat applications because the base coat dosen't shine.
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