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post #1 of 2 Old 07-30-2019, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Paint Job Went Bad

Hi, it's been a while, but now I'm fixin' to sell my '05 Wee. Lots of new stuff, everything is good....but....paint on tank fairings is pretty bad. I bought a kit from Touch-up Direct and had at it. The base coat went on fine and so did the color coat - looked beautiful. Then I hit the clear coat. For some reason, Touch-up Direct doesn't put rattle balls in the clear coat cans and even tho' I shook those fool things till my arms were sore, I couldn't get it to spray evenly.....and I've had a fair amount of experience.

The clear coat would have shiny, glossy areas as it should, but also some areas that were "grainy," as tho' it wasn't coated properly. Finally, I gave it a really heavy coat. When it dried/cured, it shrank and pulled patches of color coat loose, so now it looks like a dried mudhole with odd shaped patches all over and you can feel the lines with a fingernail.

Disgusted, I bought another paint kit, but this time from Color-Rite to start over on it. Last weekend, I got the random orbit sander out and started on it with 150 grit, then 120 grit, then 80 grit. Migawd, that stuff is like sanding granite - sandpaper hardly touches it. A few black spots starting to show on bends, where plastic is starting to show thru, so now I'm afraid of sanding holes in the fairings.

Is it possible or practical to use a few coats of high build primer and sand them off to try and get a smooth base to start over from ?? I've looked at some paint removers, but am very spooky of dissolving my fairings. Over the years I've painted a lot of parts, but never run into anything like this. Thanks, all.
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-30-2019, 02:59 PM
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I would think a fine hand sanding, perhaps wet/dry to remove the clear coat then reapply the clear. I'm no expert on the subject so hopefully someone who knows the best approach will chime in soon. Cheers!

Oops, reread your post and it looks like you went a little further than I expected with your last attempt at solving the problem.

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