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Old 13-06-13, 10:30 PM   #1
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Hi, decided to try and get the wing looking like the rest of the car today, there's a few scratches on it so I wanted to get it looking nice.

Got some paint mixed up at halfords in an aerosol and also in a tin and brush.
This is my first time doing something like this so be easy..

I cleaned up the area with some rubbing alcohol to get rid of the grease and dirt, lightly sanded it with wet/dry 1200 and gave it a light coat of the aerosol. The color is an exact match, apart from it's dried a matte color with no shine.

I made a 2nd trip to hafords, got some clear lacquer, applied a thin coat and it's exactly the same.

So, just wanting to know what I need to do next. Read I should get some "clear coat" is this not the same as lacquer?

Should I buy a mop buffer and buff it to a shine?

Any advice is gratefully appreciated as I'm now driving around in a metallic car with a matte wing.

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Old 13-06-13, 11:01 PM   #2
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You want to put several coats of clearcoat (same as lacquer) over the wing to give it some protection. The paint itself will be basecoat which doesnt stand up well to any kind of abuse - the clear gives you both shine and protection. You may need to get some 2000 grit and give it a good wet sanding after the clear is dry, then polish it up using a clean rag (t-shirts are awesome for this) and some compound - you can get farecla g3 at halfords, or even use t-cut. Hard work without a machine polisher but utterly doable. Be careful as both the t-cut and g3 are abrasive so if you keep at it too long, you'll go through the clearcoat then you'll have to start all over again with the paint...
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You want to put several coats of clearcoat (same as lacquer) over the wing to give it some protection. The paint itself will be basecoat which doesnt stand up well to any kind of abuse - the clear gives you both shine and protection. You may need to get some 2000 grit and give it a good wet sanding after the clear is dry, then polish it up using a clean rag (t-shirts are awesome for this) and some compound - you can get farecla g3 at halfords, or even use t-cut. Hard work without a machine polisher but utterly doable. Be careful as both the t-cut and g3 are abrasive so if you keep at it too long, you'll go through the clearcoat then you'll have to start all over again with the paint...
So the lacquer I have from halfords is fine? After I put it on it's just a matte colour. I'll get some 2000 grit tomorrow. Will all this give the shine back like the rest of the car?
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So the lacquer I have from halfords is fine? After I put it on it's just a matte colour. I'll get some 2000 grit tomorrow. Will all this give the shine back like the rest of the car?
Mr Money bags using Halfords stuff haha. I was going to use the halfords lacquer but stopped when i read a couple bad reviews haha.
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Mr Money bags using Halfords stuff haha. I was going to use the halfords lacquer but stopped when i read a couple bad reviews haha.
So I messed up there then

I've only put one thin coat on, and it's matte color. Should I put more coats on?
I've also just bought a Silverline polisher, should I go over the lacquer with that?
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Hi Dave

Did you put primer first if not its possible your colour sunk in as you mention it was a thin coat.

Why not try the buffer but I have a feeling it may pull what you put on back off.

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Did you put primer first if not its possible your colour sunk in as you mention it was a thin coat.

Why not try the buffer but I have a feeling it may pull what you put on back off.

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No I didn't, the guy at my local paint shop (signmasters) said to sand it down, smooth as possible since it's a plastic wing. Then to put a few thin coats on it and then finally lacquer.

What the guy didn't tell me was to sand in between coats with very fine wet/dry sand paper.

Can't believe I didn't think to do that.

So, I sanded it all down with 1200, put a thin coat of paint on, and then sanded it with 2000 wet/dry and tack cloth. It's all smoother now, just waiting for the weather to up so I can lacquer it.
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Ah if its plastic you probably did better without the primer anyway it may have cracked with the panel moving / vibrating

Hope the weather improves soon
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Ah if its plastic you probably did better without the primer anyway it may have cracked with the panel moving / vibrating

Hope the weather improves soon
The suns out, and I've just put my first coat on. Pretty much still the same. Hard to get it on without leaving blotches everywhere
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If its windy it may be that its blowing the coat away maybe use a wind shield
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