Car Painting HACKS: No Primer Needed Over Clearcoat – Basecoat With Atom X16

Car Painting HACKS: No Primer Needed Over Clearcoat – Basecoat With Atom X16

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Hey, it’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint. Today’s topic is Car Painting HACKS: No Primer Needed Over Clearcoat – Basecoat With Atom X16.

We’re painting these two fenders and we’re going to show you that you don’t have to prime these parts to paint over it with another color.

We’re going to show you one fender which we sprayed base coat over and another fender which we primed it then sprayed gold base coat over.

We’re also going to be doing it a few different things on this door which I already did. Continue watching this 2-part series video. Don’t forget to Like, Share and Subscribe to my videos! Also comment below and grab your FREE 85-Page Auto Body And Paint Manual.

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Before body and paint, always make sure that your parts are clean. We are going to wet sand with 400-grit. You’ll be fine as long as it’s a wet silicone carbide sand paper.

I like to buy 8×11 sand paper sheets which I cut down to quarter sections. I fold them into a palm size so it’s perfect for wet sanding.

When you sand, don’t use your three fingers like how I show you in the video. Use your entire hand when sanding. Check out the demo!

The key is to get it flat looking. Another quick way to find out if you’re sanding over base coat clear coat is that if you see white while sanding. On the other hand, if you’re sanding over single stage, the color will be coming right off because there’s no clear coat on it. If this car is just single stage, you’ll see red coming right off at this point.

However, if we sand too much and cut through the clear coat, you’re going to see the red coming out of your hand because you’re getting into the base coat.

There’s a couple of dents but we’re not going to worry about that for now because this is not a dent repair video but mostly finishing. We can fix the dents later on and then repaint the car.

This is pretty much done with the 400-grit. That’s how quickly you can have it completed. This is ready to spray base coat over.

A lot of people ask what color they can paint over. It depends on your final color. You can pretty much put any color over a base coat, especially if you’re going darker. You won’t hurt it. If you’re shooting white over this, you need to make sure to spray a few coats to cover it. Put enough white to cover it.

In this project, we used the Atom Mini X16 Spray Gun with a 1.0mm tip size. The 1.2mm tip size is recommended for larger pieces for better material coverage. If you want to check out these awesome spray guns, head on over to Zoolaa now.

Continue watching the video to learn more to help you with your own custom projects.

It’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint. Thanks everyone for watching and I hope you enjoyed this video.

Talk soon! Cheers!

Tony

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