Getting a gloss on dull paint?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Willy Wanka, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. Willy Wanka

    Willy Wanka Guest

    I sprayed part of the hood on my black Neon today and the results were less
    than expected as the result has a matt-ish finish. I used two coats
    DupliColor Acryllic Enamel (black gloss) from an aerosol and then rubbed it
    down with Turtlewax rubbing compound after each coat. I tried a little wax
    to see how it would bring up the shine but although it helped a lot, it's
    nowhere near the gloss of the original. Can anyone advise on how to make the
    best of this job?
    Willy Wanka, Jun 7, 2004
  2. Willy Wanka

    Matt Whiting Guest

    I doubt that the best painter in the world can make an aerosol can equal
    a factory applied paint job. Take the Neon to a real painter with real
    spray equipment and get the job done right if appearance matters to you.

    Matt Whiting, Jun 7, 2004
  3. Willy Wanka

    Punch Guest

    you need to coat it with clear coat also, then wax.
    Punch, Jun 7, 2004
  4. Willy Wanka


    What Punch said. Also make sure the surface yer painting is not much above room
    temperature. i.e. direct sunlight-hot surface-paint dries too fast-can be
    dull/orange peel. Also painting over a surface that has wax or silicone on it
    is asking fer trouble-you want a clean clean surface.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Loren Knighton
    Woodland, CA.

    Under the hood since 1964
    Member TRNI IATN
    BACKNCARDR, Jun 7, 2004
  5. Willy Wanka

    Willy Wanka Guest

    Thanks guys!
    Willy Wanka, Jun 8, 2004
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    DSkalish Guest

    If you want to try something before throwing in the towel on your aerosol paint
    job, and sending it out to paint, try a "Wet Sanding".. Get the super fine
    sanding paper that wont fall apart during a wet sand. next, get a spray bottle
    or squirt bottle of mild soapy water, wet the area, then sand lightly, always
    keeping the area wet, as well as the sandpaper. Sand too hard, and likely
    you're back down to primer again.

    Wipe dry with a clean cloth. If it looks even to you, and SMOOTH, let dry
    thoroughly, then clear coat 2-3 coats. You can even sand the clear lightly in
    between coats, I'd definately do that wet too.

    I have done this using turtle wax rubbing compound, but heavily wetted with a
    rag. Once dry, instead of a clear coat, use a polish, like the old No7 formula
    (it's cheaper) then a good carnuba wax, like Meguires.

    Decent results can be achieved with aerosol paints, but better with an airgun
    DSkalish, Jun 8, 2004
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