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Do I need to wet sand the base coat before I clear?

Old 07-26-11, 03:46 PM
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Do I need to wet sand the base coat before I clear?

I'm using rustoleum automotive enamel and automotive enamel clear on top.
It's high gloss black.



So I stripped,
Primed,
Sanded the prime down to smooth as silk,
Painted base 24 hours later (even though I didn't have to wait),
And waited 1 hour for the base to set.
Now, It looks nice, but the base has strong orange peel.
So I went over it with some 1500, and low and behold it stripped the gloss right off!

So am I *not* supposed to sand before I clear? And just sand the clear?
Will the clear fill the orange peel and then i can sand it to a gloss finish?
I'm just afraid to sand the base because it's returning it to matte.
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Old 07-26-11, 03:50 PM
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Also do I need to bake it? It's 94 outside with about 50% humidity, so it's icky. Still below the 80% recommended on the can. A peice of metal in my car in direct sunlight is 115 degrees.

Or will it set up better inside where it's 74 degrees and like 15% humidity?
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Old 07-27-11, 01:04 AM
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sand your base coat with 600 or 800 being careful not to sand through. then clear coat. the clear will fill the sanding scratches and give you a glossy finish. if the clear has too much orange peel, lightly sand it and buff it with compound. this is hard to do on a bike frame, so try to spray the clear wet enough to "flow out" but not so wet that it runs.
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