Well it's been a difficult week, I have put a crew of 3 on this project all week with the intent we get it done by next week. But like any major refit there are setbacks. I'm sure it's because I went out and picked up the license plate and registration and ordered the mounting plate for the Jeep in preparation of maybe doing a shakedown cruise next week.
Here is the latest: We sprayed 2 coats of clear coat today and the silver metallic looks terrible. I have been ignoring the problems with the silver acting like the color seperation would somehow go away. After spraying the clear coat it magnified the seperation making it much worse. Further problems is we used a scotch pad to scratch the surface for the clear coat and those scuff marks are evident after the clear coat.
I called Awlgrip for technical advice they suggested we use more coats of clear to fill in the scuff marks but it only made it worse. The color seperation really looks bad on this silver. Given we have had 2 gls and 1 qt and no matter which batch we made the seperation seems to be evident. I'm going to call Awlgrip tomorrow and inquire because that's about $1000 in paint that looks terrible.
The silver has to be repainted no matter what. So unfortunately we have to tape and mask off and sand the silver. The problem is the labor hours to repaint this and the cost of buying the paint is alot. I don't want to risk painting silver again to maybe have the exact same result. So the decision was made to change colors and I ordered a beige type color in a non metallic and were going to repaint the color and clear coat it. We have to go through the exercise either way I just don't want to end up here again. The Awlcraft 2000 non metallic color is about 1/2 the cost of the metallic anyway.
On a positive note the Cayanne Red metallic looks very nice after the clear coat. The new electric steps we ordered arrived today so were going to get them installed tomorrow. So in the end we have a slight set back but we will recover. It has to be right otherwise we will have wasted a lot of money and time.