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Old 05-19-2014, 11:09 AM   #43
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Thanks for all the information once again. Just trying to learn your technique once again. How much overlap do you give for your clear coat? Do you go wet on the first try or partial coverage, then go for wet coat during second layer? How much do you dumb the clear down with the reducer on your first 2-3 coats before the final coat? Or do you not dumb it down at all.

EDIT I found some part of my answer.
Sorry, for the late delay. I have been in Moab for the past week and a half and haven't had very good wifi so I just saw this today.

I apply a lighter coat for my first coat, a tack coat. After that I apply a medium wet coat with about 50% overlap and when blending clear I extend out past the previous one a couple of inches is all and then melt the edge with straight reducer.

The PPG DC2021 is reduced 4:1:1 (Clear:catalyst:reducer). I stick to that for the first two coats and then add an additional 10% of slower reducer (DT895) for the final wet coat, this helps to "flow out" the final coat of clear and greatly reduces or almost eliminates that orange peel look.

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Sorry, for the late delay. I have been in Moab for the past week and a half and haven't had very good wifi so I just saw this today.

I apply a lighter coat for my first coat, a tack coat. After that I apply a medium wet coat with about 50% overlap and when blending clear I extend out past the previous one a couple of inches is all and then melt the edge with straight reducer.

The PPG DC2021 is reduced 4:1:1 (Clear:catalyst:reducer). I stick to that for the first two coats and then add an additional 10% of slower reducer (DT895) for the final wet coat, this helps to "flow out" the final coat of clear and greatly reduces or almost eliminates that orange peel look.

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Hey I was just in Moab May 2-12...where did you stay?
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Hey I was just in Moab May 2-12...where did you stay?
Portal RV Park.

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A couple of questions, how do you keep the bugs out of the paint? I know you said you were painting only small areas so not much overspray, but that slideout is as big as a small car! I can't believe that your neighbors or the city doesn't complain? BTW, Nice Work!
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A couple of questions, how do you keep the bugs out of the paint? I know you said you were painting only small areas so not much overspray, but that slideout is as big as a small car! I can't believe that your neighbors or the city doesn't complain? BTW, Nice Work!
I turn the coach so the side I am painting is on the leeward side from which the breeze seems to always blow in my back yard. This pulls the fumes/overspray out into the farmers field to the back of my back yard. I did get a couple of small insects and/or debris which I had to sand/polish out but for the most part it turned out pretty flat and bug free. Time of year also plays an important role. I was going to do this last year but opted to wait until this spring.

Regulations being what they are state in the EPA guidelines that personal vehicles are exempt from many of the regulations that paint and body shops are forced to conform with.

I do not like painting, nor do I do much of it and I would not even attempt to do a complete paint job on something like that, small jobs are one thing.

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Hi Mike,

A few more questions, where do you buy your paint? I am trying to find a source to order online as well as get the base mixed.

How much paint (primer, base, clear and reducer) did you buy for your work?
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A few more questions, where do you buy your paint? I am trying to find a source to order online as well as get the base mixed.

How much paint (primer, base, clear and reducer) did you buy for your work?
I am terribly sorry. I completely overlooked this question.

I purchase my paint supplies from a local automotive paint supply house. Ogden Auto Paint & Glass in Ogden, UT but any PPG dealer will have the same products.

I used DPLF48 epoxy primer/sealer. I had a partial gallon and didn't use it all.

Paint I used a quart of gray, less than a pint of the black and about a half gallon of the sandstone. The paint colors were Diamont urethane from RM paints. Mainly because that is what Monaco used and I couldn't cross it over exactly to PPG and didn't want to risk a mis-matched color. I got the paint mixing formula directly from Monaco back in 2007 when I purchased the coach and just used that formula and had a local RM dealer mix it up.

For clearcoat I used PPG DC2021 urethane. It is a high solids clear and I used DT870 reducer and DCX61 catalyst. I also reduce the last coach of clear an extra 10% with DT895 reducer. This is a slower reducer and really makes the last coat lay down flat and orange peel free, well for the most part anyway.

I hope that helps, again, sorry for the late response, I completely missed this post.

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