Join Date: Jul 2006
Nominated 11 Times in 37 Posts
TOTW/F/M Award(s): 17
Thanked 2,467 Times in 1,851 Posts
Re: Stone Chips and Touch up paint
The lacquer is always solvent-based (otherwise, it would simply erode with rain), it seals the painted surface.
All vehicle paint finishes these days have a lacquered clearcoat - whereas (a couple of decades ago), it was 'solid' colours, and the metallics - only metallics had the lacquer.
If you have to thin down a water based paint, you must use distilled water, as any contaminants will corrupt the colour. Also, metallics derive some of their shading from the way the aluminium flakes 'sit' on the surface, relative to the surrounding area - so this can also account for a slight mis-match.
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
Currently in VelSatisfied's garage:
2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater