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Don’t reach for that spraygun just yet….!

Final Preparation Before Spraying

All primer and filler coats must be thoroughly hard dry before any sanding and final preparation is carried out. Final sanding before applying colour coats is generally carried out wet using the appropriate fine grades of WetorDry abrasive paper. Small areas can be sanded dry but a finer finish and extended abrasive life is achieved...

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Masking and Taping

Masking for repair or respray Faulty masking can be one of the most obvious signs of a paint repair, leaving telltale paint on mouldings and trims, therefore time and attention paid to detail is well worth it. Remove dust, etc. from the repair area prior to beginning masking, preferably by using compressed air to blow...

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How To Match Car Colours Perfectly

Colour matching - identify the correct colour Colour matching, or the lack of it, is the most obvious part of some repairs. Here we will try to deal with the problems involved in choosing the correct colour, and to give you an insight into the things that can go wrong. Most cars have a paint...

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Paint Spraying Tips

Spray painting - basics This is your one last chance to check repaired surfaces for anything that has been missed. Remember that paint will not hide or fill bad repairs, if anything it will make them look worse! The paint mixture must be prepared as directed by the manufacture, with the correct thinners and activators...

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Primers and Undercoats

Primers and surface coatings Different types of primer. There are many different types of primer on sale, each with its’ own specific purpose. Below is a brief overview of their uses, including good points and bad points, to help decide which type to use for any particular job. Etch primers Used as the first coat...

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Water Based Paints

Water soluble solid colours and basecoats are now commonly used by paintshops, largely because of stricter regulations regarding VOC (solvent) content in traditional car paints. Water based car paints are now relatively common in professional bodyshops, having been used several years earlier by most manufacturers. Available as solid colours and metallics, they perform the same...

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