single stage or base clear that is the question?

Discussion in 'Body Restoration' started by banaro79, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. banaro79

    banaro79 Veteran Member

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    trying to decide what have u guys used
     
  2. rusacarr

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    Mine's still original paint, so it's the old single-stage.

    Everyone I know that's repainted, though, has gone with the base/clear setup. For my $.02, t's a WAY better paint system; easier to take care of, longer lasting, deeper shine, etc.

    I'd say if you're demanding to keep your car "original", go with a single-stage. Otherwise I'd go with base/clear.
     
  3. Chevrolaine

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  4. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

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    do you want to paint your car once (single stage) or twice? (base/clear)
     
  5. daniel76309

    daniel76309 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I think if you are going with more than one color (e.g. stripes), or if you want a color with any flakes, pearl, etc., in it, you definitely should do base/clear, because otherwise you can't color sand and buff.

    If you are doing a single "solid" color, a catalyzed urethane type would probably be fine without clear coat. I have no experience with this type of paint though...not sure how easy it is to sand and buff.
     
  6. earlysecond

    earlysecond Veteran Member

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    What color that is the big decision for me. Maverick, I am not sure the quick response you posted can be considered fair or accurate. Did you mean it to be that oversimplified intentionally?
     
  7. 70-SS/RS-L78

    70-SS/RS-L78 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Just as long as it is NOT BLACK Clear it. I base clear every color Execpt Black. Putting Clear over Black is a No-No!!!
     
  8. vfw_1168

    vfw_1168 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I used a base/clear on mine
     
  9. nagrom28

    nagrom28 Veteran Member

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    huh?

    why would you say putting clear coat over black is a no-no? they do make black base coat that is intended to have a clear coat applied to it. that boggles my mind.....
     
  10. olstyle

    olstyle Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I used base/clear
     

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