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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.



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