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Help with DIY painting process, and what not to mix

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Jun 8, 2010, 1:53 AM

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OK so recently I parked my car and when i came back if found someone had backed into it or something (did a hit and run), it was pretty beat up, being too poor to pay someone to fix it, I decided to fix it myself.

So i got the shape all back to normal, and then i painted it, with primer, then paint, then clear coat, after i put the clear coat on it turned grey, I allowed an hr between each coat to dry before I sprayed the next.

I did some researching and found that you can't mix certain types of paints?

So what is the correct process of painting my bumper? and with what types of primer/paints and clear coat?

i dunno what type of primer i used, as i've thrown away the can now

the paint was a lacquer paint and the gloss says lacquer acrylic gloss clear, i thought lacquer and acrylic was 2 different things from reading research, so if it helps the "acrylic gloss clear" is a sticker and the lacquer is printed onto the can.

And i also know there enamel paints and clear coat too

Anyways so i'd though i'd come back to this trusty forum for some help


(This post was edited by curtains on Jun 8, 2010, 1:54 AM)

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Jun 15, 2010, 2:21 PM

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Site isn't loaded with auto body techs - yet. I'm about sure 1 hour dry time without heat lamps is way to short of a time. May feel dry but isn't yet. If you are down to just paint you may do well to consult a body shop for what to do next with what you know about the products on it now,

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Aug 31, 2010, 1:50 PM

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Don't know alot here, but, if it was indeed lacquer, 1 hour is WAY too short a time. From what I have done in the past, lacquer has required a good 24 hours between coats, then a good week before clear coating. Nice thing about lacquer is that it is easy to work with and rubs out nice and smooth and if you mess up, you can rub it out easily or sand it back off easily. I painted a fender on a Mazda 6 w/black lacquer and didn't wait long enough between coats or before top coat and it all crazed on me after hitting the sun for a few weeks. I had to sand it out and start over and waited 24 hours between coats and 2 weeks before top coating and it worked much better.

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