The Art of Gloss: 4 1/2 Minutes To Wet, Glossy Clear Coat

Who doesn’t want that WET WET, a custom paint job with a clear coat that doesn’t have to be cut & buffed?

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  • Use the slowest reducer/activator for the temperature you’re working in.
  • Lay material on wet! Dry spray = more texture
  • Stop bragging about how many coats you sprayed, get the material thickness down & move on.
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  • Prepare the Surface:
    • Ensure that the surface is clean, dry, and free of any dust, dirt, or contaminants.
  • Choose the Right Clear Coat:
    • Select a clear coat that is compatible with the type of paint you used and suitable for the intended application (burying flake, fast drying clear, etc).
  • Temperature and Humidity:
    • Spray clear coat in a controlled environment with optimal temperature and humidity. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the specific product you’re using.
  • Masking and Ventilation:
    • Mask off areas that you don’t want to be coated. Proper ventilation is crucial, so work in a well-ventilated area or use a spray booth to prevent overspray.
  • Mix Clear Coat Correctly:
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing the clear coat. Use the correct ratio of clear coat to hardener for optimal results.
    • Too much or too little activator can lead to issues with your clear coat curing properly,
  • Spray Gun Setup:
    • Ensure your spray gun is clean and in good condition.
    • Adjust the air pressure and fan pattern according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Practice Technique:
    • Practice your spraying technique on a test surface before applying the clear coat to the actual project. This helps you get a feel for the spray gun and achieve an even coat.
  • Overlap Strokes:
    • Overlap each stroke by about 50% to ensure consistent coverage. Keep the spray gun moving smoothly and at a consistent speed.
  • Watch for Runs and Sags:
    • Keep an eye out for any runs or sags in the clear coat. If you notice any, address them immediately by lightly sanding and re-coating.
  • Drying Time:
    • Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next one. Follow the recommended drying times provided by the manufacturer.
  • Buffing and Polishing:
    • Once the clear coat has cured, you can buff and polish the surface to perfect the glossy and smooth finish.

Always refer to the specific product’s instructions and guidelines, as different clear coats may have variations in application techniques and drying times. Doing so will result in less orange peel. Don’t know what orange peel is or how to spot it? Check out our article entitled What is Orange Peel

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