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    Fresh paint a bit flat ?

    Can anyone tell me why the handles I've just painted are a bit flat in colour ?
    I've got Sapphire Black (20R) freshly made from local paint suppliers.
    I took standard plastic Astra handles, sanded with 120, 320 then 1200.
    Cleaned with white spririt then left to dry naturally.
    3 - 4 coats of plastic primer, 15 mins between each coat, left for about 4 hours.
    3 coats of colour, 15 mins between coats then straight after with 3 coats of lacquer (advised to do this by the paint shop bloke, something to do with it being a wet process ?).
    Left to dry for at least 24 hours but it looks a bit flat as compared to the car colour. I have polished it but it was going dark when I finished so I can't tell whether it made a difference.

    Anyone got any thoughts ?
    Astra Elite 2.0 CDTi

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    as in flat you mean not shiny? could need more lacquer but im just a newbie at it so im sure someone will have a better answer for you.

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    i found that if you do really thin coats of lacquer, you're left with a gritty and matte surface, where if you do the last lacquer coat a bit thicker, it leaves it more of a flat shiny surface. you're still left with orange peel, i normally wet sand this out with 2000 then use rubbing compound, polishing compound and scratch remover. and elbow grease!

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    Man, that sounds like hard work
    Astra Elite 2.0 CDTi

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    if you cant deal with the DIY go pro sir

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    try polishing them up

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    put the laquer on a bit thicker, you will see it starting to shine with each coat you put on, basically your surface should look 'wet and shiny' id give them a wash in fairy liquid, to take your polish off, (you really need to make sure its off, or it wil just re-act and make a mess tho) and make sure they are dry no water in recesses (use a hairdryer if need be) then can apply laquer if its bothering you that much, laquer isnt like paint, you cant mist it the same its just trial and error, as everyone's hands and pressures are different, had to rub down my paint and got it 2nd time
    ive got a big grabber and im not feert to use it

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    anything by hand will always be hard work lol unless you got a bionic arm :P

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    elbow grease is wonderful stuff, pays off in the end when its all gleeming and shiny, you should see the wife after an hours work!
    ive got a big grabber and im not feert to use it

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebastra View Post
    elbow grease is wonderful stuff, pays off in the end when its all gleeming and shiny, you should see the wife after an hours work!
    As the mrs is good at the house work maybe we should ask them to do the sanding and polish we can do the spraying lmao

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