Hey, it’s Tony. Thank you for joining me today in the live show. I’m Back in The SHOP! What’s Up? – DIY Auto Body for Newbies.
It’s been a real long time. I just got back from my Mexico trip. I wanted to do the live streams in Mexico but then the internet was so bad and it wasn’t working out.
It’s getting cold. I know some of you may think that it’s not that cold. But I’m coming from a weather that’s about 85 degrees, so it’s freezing for me right now.
I’m going to be finishing up the BMW as soon as it gets warmer. Then, I’ll change the color of the Mazda Miata hard top and mirrors to black. I’m having second thoughts on the current color so we’ll redo the design.
I ordered a spoiler which I thought was going to be a straight style. But found out when I got it that it had a little lip on the back. Nevertheless, it looks nice. It’s all primed and looks like it doesn’t really need body work.
It’s a JSP body kit. I’ve never heard of them. It seems to be in pretty good condition except for the hole out on the edge. They must have made a mistake when they did it.
A lot of these things are made by hand so the mold sometimes isn’t done correctly. But we’ll make it work. That’s what we body work professionals do. I have to check how this would fit in the car and see if there will be modifications to be done.
I don’t plan on molding it on as one piece. Check out the video as I show you how it’s going to look on the BMW.
(Please don’t tease my boots! I paid a lot of money for it! LOL! J)
I’m going to be doing a lot of demos on different pearls. It seems that a lot of people want to learn more about flakes and pearls. I found another brand that I want to introduce when I find work.
Question: Do you have to use white as a base in order to use a pearl?
No. You could use pearl in any color variation. You can use whatever base color you want and mix it up with whatever color of pearl that you think would look good on it.
That’s the cool thing about it. You can mix up whatever color effect you’d like. If you’re uncomfortable in putting your pearls in your clear coat and shooting it, use a mid-coat. PPG has a DBC mid-coat line so check it out.
I would advise the beginners to do this instead of mixing your pearl right in your clear. Spray it on with your pearl and put clear on it. I like to cheat and just put the pearl in the clear coat then shoot it. As long as you don’t run, you’ll be fine.
If you run a heavy pearl, you’ll need to cut and buff it. But you’ll still see that pearl run. So, like I said, mixing pearl in the clear coat is not for beginners. That’s for more advanced painters who know how to shoot and make a nice glossy paint job without running it.
Question: Can you use reducer in your clear coat?
Absolutely. In fact, some clear coats require some reducer. Some mixtures will be four parts clear coat, one part clear, one part reducer and one part hardener. Yet, some of them don’t require it but you can put 5 to 10%.
If I use a paint that don’t need a reducer, I shoot it thick because I feel that with a reducer, it will increase your chances of a dry look a week or two later.
Question: What’s your go to spray gun at the shop?
If you want to spend a thousand bucks, you can get a Sata RP or Aviator or whatever high end guns you prefer. Unless, you’d want the smarter buy. You can invest in a mid-grade spray gun.
I used to use the Warwick 980HE Spray Gun.
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I have another spray gun that I picked up at the SEMA event. We’ll be doing a review on it soon. It’s a super nice Asian-made high quality spray gun. It feels great in your hand. We’ll probably have this available on the shop page as well as pearls and flakes.
I’ll be moving the flipping cars show on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the auto body show at 9pm Eastern.
It’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint. Thank you for joining me today. Merry Christmas everybody! Don’t forget to join me every Thursday on this live shows.
The next project that I plan to do is a classic. A ’67 to ’68 muscle car. The cars from this era looks really nice.
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