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Painting mirrors

Hi Tazy - normally painters don't rub down after the colour coat has gone on unless there has been a prob - I wouldn't advise it as it is usually quite thin and you could rub right through to the primer. Rubbing down between coats of laquer is not advised as you are likely to introduce specks of dirt, etc. Remember modern paint systems are basically an almost a matt colour covered with a layer of laquer to seal it and give it a nice gloss. When painting large body panels the slightest imperfections are very noticable but this should'nt be a problem on a small area such as a door mirror. Modern painters work in areas that are heated to the correct temperatures and are air-conditoined with suitable extraction systems to minimise the risk of dirt and runs, etc. The top companies even have paint kitchens (as they are called in the trade) - this is a separate area in which they can prepare and mix the paint and additives - it has become an exacting science over the years. When doing it yourself don't expect to get the same results as a professonal - its just not possible. just take your time and paint in a warm dry atmosphere if possible.
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