May 6th, 2012, 06:25 PM
Looking for a spot of advice- I'm finishing the body of my first partscaster. Bought a can of Sonic Blue nitro from a guy on ebay (UK) However, I didn't use primer so used the whole can. On inspection, I'd done a pretty good job, for my first attempt, just a few very tiny drip marks. I block sanded these off with 600 grit paper (like they say to), and went through the colour coat in two spots. Not a problem you would think- just buy another can of the stuff and get on with it. Ha! but the guy I got it from is not responding and I can't get another can. I could get it from another source, but there's no guarantee this will be the same shade of blue. What's a guy to do?
May 6th, 2012, 06:42 PM
I would just buy from source B, and respray the body over the existing paint, but I would make sure to reserve about a quarter of the new can just in case.
My experience has been that it's really tough to get a good finish with just one can of paint. By the time you sand out flaws, wet sand and polish it's going to be thin. That's why many builders spray clear lacquer over the color coat. It gives you plenty of material to sand and polish, and minimizes the possibility of sanding through.
May 7th, 2012, 04:03 PM
Cheers. I got the clear to go over the top, just never got that far. Have just ordered a can of colour from source B. So am I right in thinking that the coat that I originally put down will effectively do the job of a primer coat?
May 7th, 2012, 05:15 PM
Yes, just spray the new coats on top of the paint you've already applied.
May 7th, 2012, 06:06 PM
Nice one thanks
"but I would make sure to reserve about a quarter of the new can just in case".
wise words indeed!
May 7th, 2012, 11:50 PM
If you are using a spray can keep in mind that the last bit has a really annoying habit of spattering. More reason to buy that extra can (depending on the paint you are using one can might be plenty)
May 8th, 2012, 03:30 PM
Yes, I think that was the original source of my woes!