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Hey, it’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint with another video for the Q&A series. Here’s a question from a LearnAutoBodyAndPaint VIP.
“Hey Tony, I’m a lifetime VIP member. I have been watching your series and learning. Many thanks. My question. I have recently replied to an email you sent requesting questions. Well, I have a dilemma, I messed up my hood. This sucks because now I will have to strip it down and start over. The black I laid down was way too heavy. I didn’t get a closeup, but when I pulled the tape off, the line is jagged because it was still tacky. I was afraid if waited until it was dry wouldn’t come off at all. The basecoat is so thin, and the black is thick. If I sand the transition between the black and orange, I will immediately cut through the orange to the primer. This sucks, now I will have almost $1000 in paint just for this hood project. Any advice?”
The first rule and advice is to learn from your mistakes, because you will make mistakes as you have done here.
When laying on any base coat and if you’re doing any type of two-tone like this, make sure you lay on your colors thick. You made a mistake putting on the orange too thin. You need to lay down a good two to three heavy coats of base coat, so you won’t have to worry about cutting too much if you sand.
You also mentioned laying the black on too thick. You need to lay it on just enough and don’t go too crazy. As long as you just have coverage.
I always want to compensate for sanding as well in case you’re going to be sanding to make your seams smoother.
I always recommend using the blue fine line tape, jjust like I showed you in my VIP videos on how to do graphics.
You can just go over the edge with a black pinstripe and then clear coat over the whole hood to prevent from doing the whole job over. That’s totally up to you.
You can also just clear coat it, and then pinstripe on top of it. I would do lightly sand the seam down with 1500-grit or 2000-grit wet sand, and just lightly go along the side of the seam until you knock off the edge of those high spots.
Then, you can put a 1/8 black pinstripe on it and tack the whole thing down and lastly, put clear coat on top of it.
Another way is to just sand it smooth again. Hit it with orange base coat thicker and then do it again.
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