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Posted by: chip1 Posted on: June 24th, 2004, 1:15am

I just finished touching up several chips on my car according to the directions on this site: primer on the ones with bare metal, paint, clearcoat, then rubbing compound.  I'm pleased with the color match, but I'm disappointed with the texture...the chips now look like little blobs.  I've read about lacquer thinners such as Langka.  Is it too late to try this or should I leave it alone?

Posted by: admin Posted on: June 24th, 2004, 2:59am
Reply: 1

You can use the rubbing compound between each paint application. Rubbing compound is like a fine sandpaper and you can smooth each coat of paint, including primer, basecoat and the clearcoat. If you apply all the layers, then use rubbing compound only on the clearcoat, the paint layers can end up looking too thick.

Langka is basically just thickened lacquer thinner and you can also apply automotive lacquer thinner to a soft cloth and remove paint this way. I personally like the rubbing compound much better. It takes longer, but there is much more control.

Also, did you use a brush or the paint pen? How big an area are you trying to cover? If you want, you can use automotive lacquer thinner and start over again.  Usually the second time looks much better.

Posted by: Zone142 Posted on: August 21st, 2005, 2:35am
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Hi, I'm using the brush and when I apply the basecoat it seems lines form to make the surface stringy.  When I apply my second layer of basecoat it seems to build up and make the surface look uneven.  I used the 600 grit sand paper to smooth it out, but it just takes off the basecoat.  Do I just ignore this and just make sure the color is deep enogh then apply the clearcoat?

Posted by: admin Posted on: August 21st, 2005, 8:10am
Reply: 3

If you sand the basecoat, it will remove it but as long as there is color left, you can go ahead and clearcoat it and polish it.

Posted by: Zone142 Posted on: August 21st, 2005, 11:23am
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There is color left, but it doesnt seem to match the surrounding color too well.  After I have sanded it, the color I get looks different then the color I applied (it is the correct basecoat).  Does it matter?  Do i apply a thicker layer and sand it?  or do I just go ahead and apply the clearcoat now?  I was wondering if the texture on the basecoat matters because the clearcoat is going over it anyways.  I dont know if the unsmooth basecoat is going to show through the clearcoat.

Posted by: admin Posted on: September 5th, 2005, 4:34pm
Reply: 5

Does the color just look flatter? If so, this would be normal.

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