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Good morning everyone! Tony B. Richie is back with another auto body session. Today’s highlight question is Two Types of Blending Paint On A Car.
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Let’s start with the Q&A! 🤩
Question: What happens if I add reducer to my mixture clearcoat and hardener? The instructions say use clearcoat and hardener 1:1.
I wouldn’t add a reducer unless you absolutely need to. It will not hurt your paint job but I don’t recommend adding more than 10% reducer.
Reducers just thin out paint and loosen it up. When paints are too thick, it’s not going to atomize correctly and you won’t get a glossy flat finish and more of an orange peel finish.
Question: Can you go over the process of blending clear? Did you say to use 10% of clear and 90% reducer?
I don’t think I said that. However, you can use a blender that will tell you how much you need to put into your clear coat.
Alternatively, you can use a 25%-25% reducer. You may do 50% but it will depend on your clear coat. It will be thin so you need to spray at a higher pressure and back off a little bit to blend it in as the atomization will be very fine. This is something you would do for a specific section and not the entire panel.
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Question: I am working on a few parts of my Harley that are fibreglass. Any difference in paint or prep for adhesion?
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Question: I’m working on a freshly painted car and I’m using a foam pad, but I was told to wait about two months to wait for the paint to cure before adding any wax on my car. Is that so?
Two months is a little too extreme. I would say anywhere between two to six weeks. It is true that you should not wax fresh paint as it stops it from breathing and may end up with chemical pop.
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