Problem painting-ideas?

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    I’m painting the tailgate on my 04 EB. I’m using duplicolor perfect match which I’ve had very good luck with before. I used the perfect match primer-again I’ve had good much with this in the past as well.

    The first couple of coats of color (put in on thin layers) were looking great. I got to my last can of using and it left dry looking spots. I thought maybe the van was old and didn’t mix up properly. So I ordered a couple more cans that came today. I assumed one more coat would do the trick and cover the dry spots. I’m horrified to find each coat looking worse. It looks good when I spray it but it quickly starts to look like crap and keeps looking worse as it dries.

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    I contacted duplicolor about this. They suggested “hazing” from moisture. I lightly sanded it, turned my garage heater on and tried again. It worked like a charm.


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    [​IMG][​IMG]

    I wanted to put another coat on but I didn’t dare. I figured I’d quit while was ahead!!


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    Temperature is really critical in any painting, spray can or shooting through a spray gun. Also painting outdoors is risky at best. Most paint lays down nice at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Some lower some higher. For professional painting like sprayed through a cup gun, with thinners or activators, theirs different temp reducers. Use the wrong one at the wrong temp, and it looks like garbage. Whenever possible spray indoors, when using spray cans, immerse in warm water in a bucket to heat can, shake like crazy. Makes a difference on flow of spraying. Spray cans are a compromise. Read the post from a week back from one of our members. He did it right, color sanding, the whole nine yards.

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    Warm water-never thought of that! I know my conditions are never ideal. I only basically pretty up my unsightly tailgates! Each job gets a little better. I’m learning as I go and appreciate the tips-thank you!


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    Warming up the paint helps. Spraying with even the best of cans can never give the depth and even gloss of using a quality spray gun spraying at 40 psi. Also when I paint even with a rattle can, a distance of about 8-10 inches in solid strokes from left to right, spraying wet coats almost to point of running works best. First coat is a light fog coat, followed by 2-3 heavy coats. Same goes for clear coating if 2 stage paint.

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