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    On a 3 stage process, do you have to sand off between the base coat and tint coat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wet Dream View Post
    On a 3 stage process, do you have to sand off between the base coat and tint coat?
    I would think that you have a window or time frame that you can work with before you have to sand .

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    That's what I'm hoping for. New cars don't get sanding, so...

    Base coat...light
    15 minute wait,
    base coat full,
    15 minute wait,
    tint coat,
    15 minute wait,
    tint coat.

    I'm estimating 15 minutes to a good tack point, but not dry.
    After the second tint, looking at going full cure, block and sand, and start laying clear.

    Am I wrong?

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    Do not sand the tint coat!!! If you sand the tint coat, you may sand through to the previous coat and when you apply topcoat clear it may look blotchy. If you have to sand the tint coat, you will have to apply more to make sure it is even...

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    If you have never shot three stage you better talk to someone who has. The best thing you can do is invest in a "good" gun with multiple tips. They come in handy when spraying base, tint/ candies, and clear coats. You want to buy a good brand of paint to get your monies worth. Summit Racing has a good line of paints for the average Joe. Once you start to paint follow the time frame suggested by the manufacturer. Do not sand until the clear coat. If shooting candies/ metallics make sure you shoot horizontal, then vertical, and followed by diagonals. This keeps the color(s) even without making streak lines. keep your pressure down as prescribed by manufacturer. "DO NOT ADD'' anything other than what is described (I.E.) 'fish eye eliminator'. The paint is so easy it can make mistakes. Last. Take your time and "follow the manufacturers directions". Buy a good mask.That simple.

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    totally agree. if you have never shot it, id practice prior. but look at it as just another color over another, but dont let it run. i know some painters make it real wet to smooth it out but the second coat will re wet the first coat. write down how many coats and mix of each reason is for repair later. i have shot tons of 3 stage its still tricky. see if you can get the same color in a 2 stage formula. i painted alot of honda reds and that was a 3 stage but i was able to get the formula for 2 stage and it blended and matched nice.

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    just curious , why not PPG clear coat / base coat ? I have to say that you can be the worst painter out there and after spraying PPG , base coat / clear coat come out looking like a seasoned pro.............because it is that easy of a paint to spray and work with .
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    ilike ppg. i am currently ppg gold certified. ppg is user friendly, but ill say this dupont has great cleat also. usually ill put ppg base with a dupont clear. reason is the dupont is more clear. ppg has always had a issue with a amber tone in the clear. for production cars and warrants we got to keep name brand together

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