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Old 12-10-2009, 02:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Paint Job: Single Stage vs. Base/Clear

So what are everyones thoughts on single stage paint jobs vs. base/clear coat paint jobs? I am in the process of looking for a shop locally to get my '63 500 patched and painted, and am finding that many of them do not do single stage anymore. But a lot of people have told me that single stage is the way to go for my car. I'm just looking for a solid black paint job (the original color), nothing fancy. If I can find a shop to do single stage should it be less expensive since they are not having to spray it with clear? Thoughts, advice, comments???
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Re: Paint Job: Single Stage vs. Base/Clear

If you are going to park it under a tree go with base and a couple coats of clear. Wait 2 weeks for it to really harden ,then buff it. The advantage of the clear is, after a few years of sap, bird and water stains, you can sand off the surface with 1000 grit and buff back the shine, good as new.
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Re: Paint Job: Single Stage vs. Base/Clear

The cost to paint it will not change.

Single stage is simply an enamel or Urethane base paint that is shiny in it's own right and needs no clear to perform.

You can wet sand and buff it to a superb gloss just as you can a clear coated paint, but touching up your paint is easier with a single stage than with a clear coated paint.

They will shoot it like you ask if they're true professionals. IF they will not, then they are Hacks. Avoid them.
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EXCEPTION on the cut and buff on single stage, If you are using a metallic single stage then the cut and buff is out of the question as it will adversely adjust the "Flop" of the metallic.
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EXCEPTION on the cut and buff on single stage, If you are using a metallic single stage then the cut and buff is out of the question as it will adversely adjust the "Flop" of the metallic.

Back in the day when metal flake was HUGE, like measured in hundredths rather than hundred thousandths, that was true. And still is somewhat.

90% of today's metallic paint are actually Pearls, and they will shine up nicely.
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Re: Paint Job: Single Stage vs. Base/Clear

Some shops in this area will actually charge more for the single paint than they will for the base/clear paint. Their reason is that they say the modern paint with the hardeners are much more work to cut and buff than clear is?

I don't paint a lot so I can't verify that but I know first hand that some of the shops believe it.

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acrlic enamel with a hardner-- -- let set one week --cut and buff--you will be happy-- paint -reducer and hardner-- 85 dollars off ebay--

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