A Tip For Darker Blacks

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A Tip For Darker Blacks

Post by mobileschu on July 19th 2011, 3:47 pm

I was suprised not to see this on here. For those working with high gloss black you might find your final coat after sanding, buffing, and polishing looks closer to a dark gray than a true black. To prevent this you should not sand, buff, or polish the last coat of black by itself. For some reason when you sand black it sands the true black away with it. Instead, after the final coat of black you must put on a few coats of clear, which is what will be sanded, buffed, and polished. This will maintain that true black you were aiming for, while still having a smooth finsh and even adding a little depth.
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Re: A Tip For Darker Blacks

Post by jvandyke on August 9th 2011, 4:37 pm

I was planning on gloss black. Don't want to have to clear it. Do people roll and polish clear too? Starting to think yellow is sounding better.
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Re: A Tip For Darker Blacks

Post by retired plumber on August 9th 2011, 8:42 pm

Yes they do. Rusto doesn't put out clear in bulk anymore tho.
I have painted black before and never had it turn gray. You might need to buy a small can of black and try it and see what happens first if you prefer black. If you do deside to go yellow I would recommend you primer the whole car first so you can't tell where any body work was. Yellow doesn't cover very well and really needs a solid color underbase. just a couple of rattle cans will do, just enough to cover is fine.
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Re: A Tip For Darker Blacks

Post by snafu on August 10th 2011, 6:41 pm

I've not heard this either. Black cars are often painted with single stage paints because clear coats do change the color slightly. I have a black car that is single stage and I can polish it with no problems.
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Re: A Tip For Darker Blacks

Post by jvandyke on August 11th 2011, 8:50 am

okay thanks, going ahead with black, have to try and pull windshield today, wish me luck.
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