Help with clear coating a 76 wriest jet!
Hey everyone, I'm in the process of re-clearcoating my 1976 wriedt jet. My dad and i did it about 15 years ago, but its that time again, and i just wanted to make sure i did everything correct. the clear will be put down over metal flake:
1) What grit sandpaper should i use to prep for the new clear coat? wet/dry?
2) What should i use to clean the surface after sanding?
3) What is the best brand of clear coat to use for this application? How much do i need?
4) How many coats should i put on? sand in-between, if so what grit? and how long should i wait between coats to apply the following coats?
Thanks for whatever help you guys can provide!
Here is my advise, but take with a grain of salt.
If your just sanding older clear and re-clearing I would wet sand ( with some Dawn dish soap added ) 800-1000 grit.
For cleaning/prep go to a local jobber and get some wax and grease remover and go over boat twice with nice clean rags/paper towels, then tack cloth over entire boat.
Best brand of clear really depends on your budget. After the cheapo clears you really get what you pay for after the $200/ gal. mark in my opinion. A small 17-18 ft. boat with 2-3 coats of clear will be about a gallon of clear ( add a couple quarts if your doing bottom of boat as well ).
How many coats depends on $$$ for clear, but three coats should be a good start.. You can re wet sand with 1000 grit and add 2-3 more coats, then cut ( with 1500 then 2000-2500 ) and buff if you want a really nice look...
Others have different opinions so take my advise as just my opinion.....
Inthecurl, thanks a lot for the advice. That seems pretty similar to what I've read......I'll post some pics when she's done
No, ya gotta post before and after pics!!!
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