Automotive Single-Stage Paint
Automotive single-stage paint gives you the strength, color, and gloss you want for your car in its direct gloss system. It just takes one session, and youre done, which saves you a considerable amount of time. Single-stage applications are perfect for any traditional restoration project that you want to tackle.What are the key features of single-stage paint?
Single-stage paints have the color coat and clear coat combined, so it dries to a glossy finish after one application. The mixture contains pigment, a binder, and a carrier agent. The binder hardens as soon as it is exposed to air so that the carrier keeps it in liquid form until the color is applied to the vehicle.
Single-stage paints are available in either one- or two-part applications. One-part applications are ready to spray and are used for jobs like pin striping, not painting the entire vehicle. Two-part paints, on the other hand, are used for coating an entire car. They need an activator, which causes a chemical reaction so that the liquid will bond to the metal. You can find either enamel-based or urethane-based types.How do you mix auto paint?
Different brands have different mixing methods. Be sure to read the instructions carefully before you begin the task. Use a mixing container that has straight sides. Use a graduated mixing stick that you can place inside the container and gauge the proper amounts of hardener, color, and reducer as you add them. Stir well, using the recommended stir speeds and times according to the manufacturers instructions.How do you apply single-stage spray paint?
After youve prepped your car by sanding, washing, masking, and tacking it, get your tools ready and mix your paint. Start with the door jams and then move to the outside of the car. You have to move fast but carefully. You need to work as fast as you can so that you maintain a wet edge all through the application process. Youll need to do a minimum of two coats. The first coat should be a thin coat. It dries fast and in order to avoid running, it should be thin. The next coat or two can be thicker. Stand close to the vehicle and make short, even swipes with the spray gun, aiming for about 50% overlaps for a smooth, even finish.Do you apply metallic single stage differently?
In order to avoid a tiger-striping effect and to get an even coat, use an alternating spray pattern. Begin with side to side swipes, and then, move to up and down movements and, finally, diagonal swipes. Continue with these movements carefully. However, you still want to move as fast as possible. Apply metallic paint in two medium-wet coats so that you end up with a light mist coat for a shiny, even finish.