My most ambitious project to date
In real time, stay tuned...
Lawdy Lawdy !!!!!!!.............You GO Pete
Only two of the four will have color coat and clear today. Don't have the paint for the other two. 🙁
VERY INTERESTING !!!! Can't wait to see the next stages.
Your wish is my command Jack! Water-base color applied to front clip of first car. Heater to speed the drying time.
Painting doesn't really take that much time. It's cleaning the gun that's time-consuming!
Car #2 is next...
Wonderful work area. Can’t wait to see the final result.
@pete-rovero Oh man....I hope this is the half that mates up with the coral you have denoted; I love that combo!
wow if this was a video it would qualify for an Emmy! What a project, what a workspace!
Coat #2 and #3. Waiting for it to dry to apply clear to both cars. Paint will have a satin finish when dry.
Meanwhile, time to clean the gun again!
I have a 3 car garage so I just move everything the cars and truck outside so as not to get overspray them. Here's my paint mix station.
Paint almost dry on car #2 so I'm going to mix up some clear now. This is the part I like the least but gives the best results. 3-part clear, with reducer and a catalyst. You MUST wear a respirator when spraying this stuff. Light tac coat first to prevent runs and then two medium coats and done.
@pete-rovero How long does light tac coat dry before applying the 2 medium coats? And did you say 'water-based' as opposed to cellulose or acrylic?
Hi Charles. The primer-sealer is a catalyzed solvent-based paint and the color coat is water base. I love spraying it and the gun cleans up easily with soap and water. The clear coat is a solvent-based paint. Here in Los Angeles, the Air Quality Management District would love it to be water-based, but a solvent-based topcoat is required to seal and protect the water-based color coat underneath. In answer to your question, the light tac coat takes about 5 minutes to get tacky, you know, sticky but not wet. Once it gets like that, a subsequent heavier coat of clear is less likely to run or sag.
@pete-rovero Thank-you Pete. There's no way I am going to embark on any major projects, but occasionally need to carry out first aid on a broken model and some expert knowledge is good to have: to think about correct processes.