August 18th, 2009, 12:57 PM
i'll keep it short and simple -
using rustoleum painters touch paint.
1. do i need to sand the color coats at all before i clear coat?
2. what is a clear coat that will work with this paint, can be made shiny, and won't be sticky?
August 18th, 2009, 01:26 PM
1.) If your color coats are smooth (i.e. your prep work beneath the color is good) there is no need to sand the color.
2.) I have used Deft clear lacquer and gotten a very nice finish. Here is an example I finished last month:
August 18th, 2009, 01:41 PM
deft will work well. just be sure to mist the first few coats, as opposed to laying down full wet coats. when you start in on the full coats, lay on three per day, allowing ample time for each coat to dry before applying another. rule of thumb- three light passes equal one full coat. if it runs, it's going on too thick. the full finish will need two cans of deft if you use rattlecans. i scuff the surface of the previous day's coat before shooting the first coat the naxt day, just to smooth off any dust.
allow this to dry and cure for at least thirty days, then test it by pressing a fingernail into it. if it doesn't dent, you can start wetsanding. if it does dent, wetsand the gloss off, basically scuffing the finish, this will allow it to gas off a bit more, hang it back up to cure further. when you can't smell the lacquer, or it doesn't dent, you're good to go.
some people have trouble with deft, i never have. if in doubt, many thin coats are better than a few heavier ones. good luck