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Old 2004.05.28, 11:01 AM   #1
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painting question

I just got a white unpainted 360 Modena and decided that black was the color to go with. After a few coats of black I decided to finish up with a few layers of clear coat. Even after several coats of clear, it still looks kind of flat. How do you get the shine? Do I need to polish it somehow? It looks nice and all but it just isn't as glossy as I had hoped.
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Old 2004.05.28, 04:21 PM   #2
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the finshing touch

I use an acrylic Sealer/finsher.
http://hometown.aol.com/rcmotorsport/rally.html
I get mine from the craft store the acrylic sealer drys fast and with just a couple of coats makes thing very shiney and so far I have not had any trouble with it on other types of paint.

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Old 2004.05.28, 05:49 PM   #3
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You could also try some Duplicolor clear coat from an autoparts store.
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Old 2004.05.28, 08:34 PM   #4
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I use Tamiya clear coat on any I paint. It is fast drying and has a great shine. So far it is the best I have found
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Old 2004.05.28, 09:16 PM   #5
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You could also try some Duplicolor clear coat from an autoparts store.

that is what I used. I just finished waxing it with a little automotive wax and it does look a little better but still doesn't shine like it should. Oh well, it isn't bad really.
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Old 2004.05.28, 09:21 PM   #6
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I don't think it looks bad at all really. it just isn't as glossy as as I'd like. here, take a look.
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How about using some super-fine grit (2000 or higher) sandpaper and then using a polish to get the shine back up? And just out of curiosity, exactly what kind of wax did you use?
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How about using some super-fine grit (2000 or higher) sandpaper and then using a polish to get the shine back up? And just out of curiosity, exactly what kind of wax did you use?

You want to know how to get the absolute BEST shine?


Bear with me, this is going to be a little work.


Take some sandable primer (also bought at the parts store) and spray on 3-4 light coats (20 minutes between each coat)

Let dry for one day.

Place the car under running water and take some fine grit sand paper and wet sand. As you start doing this you will feel the car become silky smooth. Do this to the entire car.

Let dry.

Spray on a few coats of the paint you are using. If neccessary let dry for one full day and wet sand but with an even finer sand paper this time.

Clear coat and, voila! Enough shine to do your makeup er...shave in
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Old 2004.05.29, 11:01 AM   #9
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How about using some super-fine grit (2000 or higher) sandpaper and then using a polish to get the shine back up? And just out of curiosity, exactly what kind of wax did you use?

it's called Color Back. now that I look at it, I think it actually made a difference. Not mirror-like but nice nonetheless. I'll take a few more pictures as soon as my wheels come in.
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