Seam sealers are designed to flexibly move with the vehicle. But some seam sealers aren’t designed to be refinished. Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to seam sealers, there are some common mistakes that are easily avoidable and can have a huge effect […]
In the event of dirt particles, runs, or sags in your topcoat, it’s possible to remove these imperfections after fully baking and cooling the vehicle. Sanding and polishing is most effective after complete baking and cool down. If you have any difficulty in achieving a true bake, overnight drying should be added to the procedure.
Dry spray is a pain. Here’s how to spot it, why it’s happening and a 7-point checklist to avoid it. Dry Spray is a rough, textured surface often confined to a small area. Cause: Paint lacks ability to flow properly. Corrective Action Checklist: Check if defect is on whole unit or in specific area Check
Use the following sequence for an undetectable, long-lasting partial Quarter Panel repair and fade-out: Preparation After priming all necessary areas, sand the surrounding areas to be blended with a grey scuff pad (1500 grit) and coarse compound. This should extend to just beyond the edge of the target fade-out area. Application Clean the entire area
It’s a good idea to have a regulator on or close to the gun, to mitigate any pressure drops in your system across air lines, and to be able to tune your gun’s spray pattern based on the type and viscosity of material you’re shooting. As a rule, most HVLP guns will require much lower
Whenever possible, clear an entire panel. We recommend stepping out your clear and clearing the entire panel on your last coat, or last two coats if you plan to polish. Why not just clear the entire panel with all coats of clear? The reason is that clear has UV screeners that affect the way light
Head painter Tom Ferry once wrote that the gap between the front fender and front door hardly ever gets masked because too many painters either don’t want, or don’t know how, to do it. Here are his tricks for protecting the hinge pillar from overspray. Masking With Plastic I’ve found that masking a car with
Description: A “goose pimple” or volcano-like appearance in paint film which, on close examination, frequently contains small holes at the center of the bumps. Causes: Improper evaporation of solvent from wet paint film during initial cure or force dry Improper application of product: product applied to heavily; inadequate flash time between coats Incorrect mix ratio/viscosity