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04-01-2009, 06:32 PM
i have a gt 500 and unfortunately a truck backed into the nose. the damage wasnt that bad,fender and hood so now its time to paint. the car is black and i am using ppg. i took the damaged fender and painted half with epoxy primer, then the base coat and the clear. this was my trial run to make sure the colors matched. the color was perfect, even in the sunlight, but the problem i am having is the clear seams too thick and shiny. it doesnt match the rest of the car. i didnt rub it out yet so maybe im jumping the gun. the ppg clear i am using is the dc3000 with dch3070 hardner. i also got a few bubbles and alot of orange peal in the clear as i sprayed it! i think its gotta be the clear because the epoxy laid flat and the paint looked flat when it went on. before i creat alot of work sanding hopefully some can tell me what im doing wrong unless i should use a different clear or what to use when im rubbing the clear out.
04-01-2009, 08:23 PM
gt500 as in mustang?? I have noticed that baking it in a booth leaves more of the factory looking finish/orange peel. If you find someone that has a nice booth that can bake there is a high chance you may not need to wet sand and buff
04-01-2009, 09:45 PM
Could be solvent pop (bubbles) from insufficient dry time between coats (flash).
Be careful if you wet sand and buff. If the factory clear has some peel in it you can't sand it too much or it will come out too smooth. You will have to "sneak" up on the factory match by slowly sanding then buffing then deciding how much farther to take it in order to achieve the desired results. Hope you find the right balance.
Best Wishes. :pray:
04-02-2009, 04:26 PM
thanks guys....going to sand and buff now on my practice run!
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