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Color-Tinted Clear Coats

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    March 2017
Posted by SuperFord97 on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 8:56 AM
I try the tinted clears paints by krylon with a krylon base primer, then color with a tinted clear paint and seen that the tint in the clear can cause some darker spots, specially in sharp body Lines and door jams.

Want something done right, you got to do it yourself.

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    March 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 8:35 AM

You're right when you say that polishing out the tinted clear would result in an uneven finish as you're sanding into the color of the paint. I always use clear if I want to polish it out as I'm not polishing the colored paint.

I always use as little paint as I can get away with to avoid having paint "buildup" which results in lost detail of trim or emblems and lettering, as they tend to get "buried" in the paint if too many coats are used.



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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 7:12 AM

Though I haven't actually tried it yet, I think your assumptions are correct. I have given this some thought recently when I was contemplating a similar type paint job for a project, but using Tamiya clear red. I prefer to not use clear whenever possible, but in this case I believe I can't get away without using a final clear coat for the sole purpose of polishing. otherwise I think a blotchy paint finish will result.

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    October 2011
Color-Tinted Clear Coats
Posted by OrangeR/T on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 2:16 AM

For years I've been using Testors or Tamiya lacquer base coats with Testor Wet Look clearcoat over top, and love the results I get when the Wet Look is sanded and polished out! Lately tho, I've been curious about Tamiya's tinted clear paints (TS-73 Clear Orange for example). I see in the latest issue of SAE is a gasser build with Tamiya TS-92 Metallic Orange base with the TS 73 clear orange over top followed by Wet Look Clear as the final top coat (two tone paint job) and I love it! What I'm wondering is, using the colored clear as the final top coat with out a clear clear over top, how well would it polish out? My suspicion is that sanding/polishing the tinted clear would result an inconsistent finish, like darker in the areas you can't quite get to with the sanding pads. Is my assumption correct? Any one have expirience in this department, and/or examples? My thought on this is that myself being a spray straight from the can kinda guy that with primer, color base coats, colored clear coats, AND regular clear top coats the paint could get a bit on the thick side, even tho I think the Tamiya paints cover very well with thinner coats (vs. Testors). Just looking for some input, thanks!!


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