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Re: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail...

Originally Posted by Renoir White View Post
Would I be right in saying that most of us are far too timid in rubbing down paint when spraying. Up till now I've only ever sanded the base coat to obtain a key and then sprayed several coats of paint one of top of the other without any flattening off.
I went from 120-grit up to 600 (in 5 stages) to remove the scratches, and once I could feel no distinction between where I'd been working and the remainder of the panel - I knew it'd be fine.

In all honesty, my main focus is sanding the primer (I had to use etch and regular grey primer today as some metal was bared).

The basecoat (colour) coats go on fairly evenly (I don't rub those down), then a half-coat of lacquer, followed by 3 coats wet-on-wet (using the heatgun on the final coat).

No masking off either - I use a board held between the can & the panel to blend my paint with what's on the car.


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