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    priming painting and lacquering

    ok. ive painted several things on my mk4 now but want a bit of advice.

    how many coats of:
    • Primer
    • Colour
    • Lacquer
    did you do?

    previously i have used 5 coats of primer, sanded lightly with 1200 w&d, about 6 or 7 coats of colour, and lacquer is still a bit confusing for me.

    the lacquer confuses me because i cant seem to get a gloss finish. ive read the how to and it says to do it in thin coats like with the other paints but it always comes out fuzzy. i thought if i were to leave it a bit the lacquer will merge together giving the gloss effect but to no joy.

    for me to get a gloss finish when lacquering it seems i have to really pile it on in thick coats. this can lead to it dripping.

    i only want advice because im fed up with getting to the lacquering stage and it all going pete tong. also its for my sideskirts so i dont really want to **** up with these.

    really what im asking in short form is how many coats of what paint and how to lacquer.

    help will be greatly appreciated.

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    We just recently done my alloys. But i never used nearly as much coats of paint............

    2 coats of primer
    3-4 coats of paint
    2 coats of laquer

    When done you have the "orange peel" effect. I dunno if this is what you mean by fuzzy

    all you do then is rub down with 2000 grade (wet and dry) then compound. this gets rid of any imperfections. Then over again with a polish (we used autoglym) and a final polish with a cloth.

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    amount of primer depends on what you're painting and what texture at the finish you're after. for smooth finish you want quite a few layers of "plastic filler primer" (8-10 layers +) and a couple of layers of appropriate coloured plastic primer (2-3 layers)... then as many layers of base coat as you need for uniform coverage (usually 2-3 layers from my experience) and as for lacquering... well as with all stages use thin but even coats! just build up until the thickness is sufficient to be able to polish up with a microfibre or for gloss finish using a wax

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    ok sorry for the late reply but thanks for your quick ones.

    ive already sanded the sideskirts and primed them. i sanded them down so much that i didnt need filler primer. it took about 2 hours to sand one sideskirt.

    what i meant about lacquering was as follows; when you spray your first coat of lacquer on the paint is the lacquer supposed to turn glossy and smoothe. do you have to do the lacquer in 2 thick coats or loads of thin ones.

    what i found was when i did my first coat the lacquer particles didnt merge to give a gloss effect instead it gave a patchy effect. the only way i could

    well if you understand what the hell im on about then please feel free to help. otherwise im just going to go ahead and give it a shot.

    cheers
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    apply the lacquer slowly and evenly in numerous light/thin coats. in my experience it probably wont go shiney unless you've laid it on to thick. (which takes ages to dry)

    your better off letting it dry for say 24 hours after the final coat and then t-cut the hell out of it. I normally use a sanding block with a really soft cotton cloth wrapped around it. This will give you and excelent shine. Dont go though the lacquer though!
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