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Old 07-14-2012, 11:22 PM   #213
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Originally Posted by infinite012 View Post
Orange peel question:

When spray paint in a can is sprayed onto a part, it will leave noticeable orange peel. Am I right to think that if I continue with a couple of color coats and then a couple of clear coats (2 light, 1 or 2 heavy) and wet sand with 3000 grit, that would level out the orange peel and I'll have a smooth, mirror-like finish?
I'm not well versed in spray can refinishing, but have applied base coat with a can before. Apply light coats of base, just enough to cover. Many people apply the base too thick and it will become "orange peeled". As for the clear, achieving a "mirror-like finish" is difficult with a lacquer based top coat. Spray 2-3 medium/wet coats, no light coats. Then use 2000/1500 wet sand paper depending on level of imperfections. Buff with a high speed rotary and compound, this should smooth out any peel.

What are you painting?
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