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    Default recommended paint type for backyard respray

    i'm close to painting my HX sedan in the original Persian sands colour
    my old man is doing it and comfortable with acrylic only but i have heard you can now use a 2k basecoat with acrylic clear
    advantage being the 2k basecoat goes on more even and flatter for metallics and the clear topcoat can just be cut and buffed as per normal

    is this true? will i save on volume of paint using a 2k basecoat

    also if i paint jams first do i need to clear them or can i leave it a few weeks with basecoat and clear the whole car in one go

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    I'm not sure about 2k base coat with acrylic clear, nor am I sure why you'd want to do that? If you are going to spray 2k basecoat, why not just do the whole job in 2k? This is definitely my recommendation. 2k paint is light years better than acrylic.

    I have on numerous occasions in the past used acrylic basecoat with 2k clear to get the superior finish of a 2k. But, honestly, I wouldn't even bother doing that anymore, 2k is far better and no more difficult to spray. The only draw back is the longer drying times can lead to a fair bit of contamination, especially if your work environment is average.

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    Regarding the door jambs, you should clear them at the same time as you paint them. If it were a solid colour, you would leave it and just rub it back with 1000 grit before applying clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monaroman76 View Post
    I'm not sure about 2k base coat with acrylic clear, nor am I sure why you'd want to do that? If you are going to spray 2k basecoat, why not just do the whole job in 2k? This is definitely my recommendation. 2k paint is light years better than acrylic.

    I have on numerous occasions in the past used acrylic basecoat with 2k clear to get the superior finish of a 2k. But, honestly, I wouldn't even bother doing that anymore, 2k is far better and no more difficult to spray. The only draw back is the longer drying times can lead to a fair bit of contamination, especially if your work environment is average.
    If you are serious about doing a job with 2K, go rent a booth. You need it to keep dust off
    plus it is serious shit that does a great job... but it is not something you do in your shed
    You need a good respirator (obviously) and it does nothing for your dog, missus or
    backyard shrubbery in terms of environmental health
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty2 View Post
    If you are serious about doing a job with 2K, go rent a booth. You need it to keep dust off
    plus it is serious shit that does a great job... but it is not something you do in your shed
    You need a good respirator (obviously) and it does nothing for your dog, missus or
    backyard shrubbery in terms of environmental health
    I've done plenty of jobs with 2k in my shed and got great results. I'm not saying it's the right thing to do, but i think if you're careful and wear the appropriate safety equipment, you'll be fine. Wetting the floor down before you paint is also not a bad idea to help suppress dust.

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    IMHO go with what your old man knows and stick with acrylic. Much better from a health perspective and easier for a novice to correct mistakes.

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