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clearcoatin baby! #82319 Jan 14, 5:56am Jan 14, 5:56am
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clearcoatin baby!
Ok so how long did you all wait to apply clear coat to your interior plastics. The creepy/nice guy at the model place where I got the paint says the let it dry for a week before clear coating. Is this true?? What did you all do?

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Re: clearcoatin baby! [Re: FloydianSlip6] #82320 Jan 14, 10:25am Jan 14, 10:25am
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I let the last coat of paint dry for about 24 hours before I started clear coating.

Re: clearcoatin baby! [Re: hupsohl] #82321 Jan 14, 10:56am Jan 14, 10:56am
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Originally Posted by hupsohl
I let the last coat of paint dry for about 24 hours before I started clear coating.


always a good idea to ensure the base coat is fully dried before you put on the clear...


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Re: clearcoatin baby! [Re: AM03GT] #82322 Jan 14, 11:07am Jan 14, 11:07am
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Originally Posted by AM03GT
Originally Posted by hupsohl
I let the last coat of paint dry for about 24 hours before I started clear coating.


always a good idea to ensure the base coat is fully dried before you put on the clear...


yes sir


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Re: clearcoatin baby! [Re: FloydianSlip6] #82323 Jan 14, 11:21am Jan 14, 11:21am
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Overnight is good here in wyoming where our humidity is in the negative digits, but two or three days would be better if you have a relative humidity of 25% or more. The easiest way to tell is after the paint is dry to the touch, it will still feel cool to the touch until all of the moisture has evaporated out of it. When you can't feel a difference between the piece you are painting and the temp of the room around it, go ahead and clear cote. I also highly recommend hitting your color coat with a light sanding with 0000 grade steel wool to smooth out the irregularities inherant to spray paint. After that, you can wet sand with the same grade steel wool to make the surface as smooth as glass. Then, rinse the part off VERY well, and towel it dry with a chamois or a lint free towel. Always remember to tack cloth the piece immediately before clear-coating to remove any lint or dust blebs that may have collected on it. I also like to use three to four coats of clear-coat to enhance the color.

Good luck!! post some pics up here when your done, and if need anything else, don't hesititate to PM me.


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Re: clearcoatin baby! [Re: FloydianSlip6] #82324 Jan 14, 1:10pm Jan 14, 1:10pm
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Re: clearcoatin baby! [Re: AM03GT] #82325 Jan 14, 1:24pm Jan 14, 1:24pm
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Originally Posted by AM03GT
Originally Posted by hupsohl
I let the last coat of paint dry for about 24 hours before I started clear coating.


always a good idea to ensure the base coat is fully dried before you put on the clear...


That's probably why some parts of my console don't look as good as they did when I painted them about half a year ago. I need to redo them someday. tongue

Re: clearcoatin baby! [Re: FloydianSlip6] #82326 Jan 14, 1:25pm Jan 14, 1:25pm
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If you want to speed it up, use some big ass heated lamps.

Re: clearcoatin baby! [Re: beans] #82327 Jan 14, 2:30pm Jan 14, 2:30pm
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Follow the directions on the paint can. grin


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