as far as laying down the clear goes have you tried using a slower activator and doing a slight over reduction? nearly everything i spray i use one temperature level higher reducer and like a 10% over reduction so it flows better.... also depending on the gun sometimes lower psi is better....out of my tekna i run about 16-18...it feels crazy un natural to spray that low but it makes the transfer efficiency go way up and it lets the clear flow out just a little bit more. also a last ditch effort if you cant get it to lay right is go one medium wet coat, let it flash till its just barely tacky, more on the wet side and then lay another wet coat on top...once you get the hang it flows real nice but expect a run or two when your figuring out how much you can push it
No I havent tried using a slower reducer, but maybe I will give that a shot. This clear doesnt use reducer, so I have avoided using it. But I have put some in one coat I did before, and it didnt have any bad reactions, so I know its compatable.
Its funny because I have had some trouble before, and before this last one, I had 3 jobs that turned out awesome. And for those I turned it down to the rocommended 29 psi and they came out really good. this time, not as much. Keep in mind, it wasnt that bad, but I want to be able to lay it down better than factory paint. This was id say right at and some spots that were maybe just a bit worse than factory. But for the last one I started at 29psi, but saw it wasnt laying so nice, so I upped the pressure and held the gun back just a little further thinking my droplets would come out a little smaller. Didnt really make any difference. I ended up putting the last 2 coats on really heavy. Now I see a couple of places where it looks like I got some solvent pop. But I did give it a good solid 10 min flash time between the coats though?
Next time I spray im going to try going back to the 29 psi, wide open on the fan and material, 6 inches from the panel, move more quickly, and more overlap. I think I usually am at more like 1/2 overlap where maybe it needs more like 3/4.
Using a Sata 3000 digital HVLP by the way.