Question about ClearCoating


ShOrtyOC714
04-13-2003, 07:06 PM
How long should i wait after i spray my car, to Clear coat it? Im thinking about 3 days so the paint can air out, i dont want to risk making the paint crack when i clear coat it. I just started painting my SkylineR33 NismO with LightGunMetal Spray. Thanx:)

Suislide
04-13-2003, 07:29 PM
Originally posted by Shorty4859
How long should i wait after i spray my car, to Clear coat it? Im thinking about 3 days so the paint can air out, i dont want to risk making the paint crack when i clear coat it. I just started painting my SkylineR33 NismO with LightGunMetal Spray. Thanx:)

it's Nismo!!! NOT NismO!!! NO CAPITAL O!!!! Just like it's Spoon and not SpoOn!!!

anyways, i dunno about the clear-coating. doesn't it say in the FAQ?

Jonno
04-13-2003, 07:29 PM
I would say to wait a week, just to be safe. Are you using the same brands of paint?

ShOrtyOC714
04-13-2003, 07:31 PM
Yeah both the same, Tamiya LightGunMetal, and Tamiya Clear. Thanx for the help.:)

ShOrtyOC714
04-13-2003, 07:33 PM
I got another question, Should i put on the decals and paint my headlight housing black before i clear coat ir or after? Thanx:)

daggerlee
04-13-2003, 07:35 PM
The advice regarding Tamiya clears is, clearcoat it within half an hour to one hour after the final wet coat of color, or wait 30 days for it to air out and then apply.

ShOrtyOC714
04-13-2003, 07:39 PM
Dang really 30 days???? And why is it a half an hour to 1 hour?

daggerlee
04-13-2003, 07:49 PM
I have no idea. I'm just passing along what both Pat Covert from Scale Auto Cars Magazine and several reputable members of this board have said. I myself have sprayed within half an hour to an hour with no harm effects.

Jonno
04-13-2003, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by Shorty4859
Dang really 30 days???? And why is it a half an hour to 1 hour?

I see the logic here. If they are both the same brand, they should take about the same time to air out, so if the body colour is given 30 minutes to harden a bit the clear coat wqould just be like another coat of the body colour.

Correct me if I am wrong though.

ShOrtyOC714
04-13-2003, 07:57 PM
I sprayed it today, do u think it will be good to spray Clear tommorrow morning? Thanx:)

bah humbug
04-13-2003, 08:02 PM
Originally posted by daggerlee
Pat Covert from Scale Auto Cars Magazine

I found out about him over the internet befor I found out about Af.

He is supposed to be a great modeller.

Shorty, I'm not picking on you because of your reputation, but come on JUST spray it.

ShOrtyOC714
04-13-2003, 08:05 PM
Its just cuz i dont want to risk it. But thanx anyways.:)

TheSyndicate
04-13-2003, 10:07 PM
The reason why you'd spray clear half an hour after a wet coat of the base coat is so the two paints have a chance to bond, and then they can "gas out" together.

30 days seems a bit extreme. A good way to tell is if the basecoat is hard enough that your fingernail can't scratch it, then you can clearcoat it with no problems.

ShOrtyOC714
04-13-2003, 10:33 PM
oh ok, Thanx :)

ShOrtyOC714
04-14-2003, 12:01 AM
Should i paint my headlight housing before i clear coat it or should i do it after? Thanx:)

ShOrtyOC714
04-14-2003, 12:29 PM
I also cant find this in FAQ, should i put decals on before clearcoating or after? Thanx

ales
04-14-2003, 01:24 PM
Look closely, Shorty, look and find you will! :p

ShOrtyOC714
04-14-2003, 04:51 PM
I just looked again, and read alot of stuff, but didnt see anything that tell me to put decals on before clear or after, Can u please find it for me, or answer my question, Thanx

ales
04-14-2003, 04:56 PM
First of all, what model are you working on and how many decals does it have and how big are those decals?

And I will be putting decals before clearcoating from now on, but it might be a bit tricky, so be careful.

ShOrtyOC714
04-14-2003, 04:59 PM
Im putting some decals on my SkylineR33 Nismo GTR, on the part where the side of the wing is, thats says GT-R, Is it harder to put on decals before clear coat?

ales
04-14-2003, 05:05 PM
It requires care, both whenclearcoating and when polishing. Maybe you should just put it after the clearcoat and after the polishing process, to be on the safe side.

ShOrtyOC714
04-14-2003, 05:09 PM
Yeah, i want to be on the safe side. Thanx for the tips.:)

ShOrtyOC714
04-14-2003, 05:28 PM
I just sprayed my car with clear coat right now, and its like burning my paint job????? My paint is like melting off! IS it cuz i sprayed to much clear coat?

daggerlee
04-14-2003, 05:46 PM
YES! You're supposed to mist on the first three coats of clear.

ales
04-14-2003, 05:50 PM
Originally posted by daggerlee
YES! You're supposed to mist on the first three coats of clear.

As if this hasn't been told 100s of times before, as if Shorty hasn't been here long enough to have read it, as if I didn't tell him to be careful when clearcoating. Sigh. Shorty, how many more lessons will you be learning the hard way on your own skin? This is getting pretty ridiculous. And yes, Dan here is absolutely right, it is indeed because you used too much clear too quickly. Might be incompatible paint as well, as I have no idea what you're using. I give up.

hirofkd
04-14-2003, 09:41 PM
Originally posted by Shorty4859
I just sprayed my car with clear coat right now, and its like burning my paint job????? My paint is like melting off! IS it cuz i sprayed to much clear coat?
Well, it sounds a bit too late, but for the future reference, it's better applying very very very lightly for the first few coats of clear.

Keep the distance to the model at least 30cm or so, and spray by two quick strokes sideways. The surface looks kinda like a fine sand paper, but wait for a while, and keep adding layers.

I apply about 6 to 8 layers of clear. If you count two strokes to cover one layer, I spray as many as 16 strokes, and I still don't lose the detail. You can guess how light each coat is, can you?

Besides, you are using the same brand of paint for gun metal and clear, right? I think you still have a chance of recovery.

Post pictures if you can, and that will help.

ShOrtyOC714
04-14-2003, 11:55 PM
Hey thanx for the help, ill remember that, but i already repainted my car already. I just put some Nail Polish remover on a cotton and just took the paint off, and just repainted the car, and this time i didnt want to risk it and mess it up again so i just got some Meguires Wax, and just waxed it, it came out pretty well and very... smooth. Thanx for the tip man.:)

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