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How many coats of color?

Discussion in 'Color the World!' started by huskystafford, Mar 17, 2018.


  1. huskystafford

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    Just like the title says. How many coats is optimal for projects? more coats is thicker pait on project. So how many coats? :)

    Cause when I put more coats, color gets darker. But I will have one inch thick paint on my stuff lol
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    this is from google:
    This will normally depend on the actual shop you take your car to. But generally speaking, most shops will spray two coats of primer and two or three coats of paint. Lower quality shops will spray two coats, while higher quality shops will spray three coats
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    is this same for every project? guitar for example?
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    I'm no expert but have painted a few bikes and cars over the years. Plus I spent a lot of time at my friends workshop and watched him and another of my friends prepping and painting there. It think it depends on the paint, the thickness of it, the transparency of it. Primer is usually quite good for coverage so a couple of coats, a good sand down and maybe another light coat if you accidentally go through it, then the basecoat, usually 3 coats depending on the transparency (some basecoats are really thin) and then you might have candy on top, that could be several coats. And finally you have the clear coat which is usually 3 coats but you could do more. I would do the same on a guitar or whatever I was painting. Just my personal opinion and observations but if the pro's do it then its what I try to do too.

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    On a side note, always make sure to let your paint flash off for the right length time and make sure your paint has cured correctly between coats to prevent any reactions.

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    thank you jord, this is exactly what I need.
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    It all depends on the paint job ,
    Standard cars you have primer sealer coat,base coat , Clear coat. clear coats usually is tack coat flow coat . so 4 coats if you count the tack coat.
    But some custome jobs can have 2 or 4 times that
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    Yup, depends how deep ya want your color, if using trans paints. Are you talking cars/automotive or canvas art, do you want to use opaques or transparent's. The amount of coats or times we may have to go over a line to get the saturation desired is exactly equal to the number of coats or runs it takes :). Little tip, if doing candy bases or the likes on your guitars and then wanting graphics on top, do a few clear layers in between. Good luck
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    I am spraying on plastic. I got orange peel lol I am doing it with opague colors. I went with few dry coats and 2 wets. I suspect I am to far with my airbrush cause I get orange peel -.-
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    if your getting a lot of orange peel, try one wetter coat, experiment a touch with your thinning, or simply buff out the peel before clearcoating, is a bit of the nature of paint and most factory painted autos also have a lot of peel if ya look at them close (maybe better these days), but an airbrush wnt give you the best results simply due to the amount of flow and their spray pattern and the fact it wnt stay wet long enough unless you use retarders to slow the paint drying, perhaps a small HVLP spray gun may be a better choice, remember your overlap and may work a bit better for you, also how are you prepping your plastic or using adhesion promoters? If its small scale stuff like modelling, ignore everything I said LOL
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    It is small scale stuff, but I will write those advice down for later, cause I know I will need it lol Still saving money for mini guns.
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