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Hey, it’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint with another video for the Q&A Series.

“Tony, I’m finally about to spray my bike. My bike has decals on it or it may be paint. My question is, do I need to sand all of this designs out or do I need to sand down the clear and prime over it? If it helps, I will be adding new decals once it’s painted. One more thing, would I be pushing my luck spraying flakes out of a 1.8 tip. I know in most of the vids where you’ve sprayed flakes you’ve used a 2.0 tip.”

Most of the videos wherein I sprayed flake comes out of a 1.3 or 1.4 tip because I use micro sequence flake, which is very fine flake.

If you’re using a larger flake, like the jumbo flake, then you need to use a 1.8mm or 2.0 tip size.

However, micro flakes are about 0.008 in size, so you can shoot it out of a 1.3 or 1.4 nozzle.

That’s the flake size I usually use because it’s easy to spray, and will not pop out on your clear coat. It will give you that nice metallic flake look. For awesome flakes check out the X Finishes Cosmic Color Pearls And Flakes on Zoolaa.

There’s more work involved with spraying jumbo flake. I like the mini flake better , how it lays on. It’s tighter in the paint. Looks a lot better.

You need to sand it smooth. You can base coat and clear coat over it and put more decals.

If this is your personal bike and want to do a great job, you can sand the decal out and feather it.

It’s going take a few pads of sandpaper since sanding out a decal will gum up your sanding disks. You will use about 3 or 4 disks per side.

I will use 100-grit, scuff out the outer area and feather it with 280-grit or 320-grit. Then, put some two to three heavy coats of primer over everything.

You can then wet sand with 400-grit. If you want the shorter method, you can get it smooth without taking the decal out and just base and clear all over. Clear coat is a good foundation to put new paint over.

It’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint. Thanks for joining me today. Keep on sending those questions and I do hope you are all enjoying these Q&A videos.

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Car Painting HACKS: No Primer Needed Over Clearcoat – Basecoat With Atom X16

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Hey, it’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint. Today’s topic is Car Painting HACKS: No Primer Needed Over Clearcoat – Basecoat With Atom X16.

We’re painting these two fenders and we’re going to show you that you don’t have to prime these parts to paint over it with another color.

We’re going to show you one fender which we sprayed base coat over and another fender which we primed it then sprayed gold base coat over.

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Before body and paint, always make sure that your parts are clean. We are going to wet sand with 400-grit. You’ll be fine as long as it’s a wet silicone carbide sand paper.

I like to buy 8×11 sand paper sheets which I cut down to quarter sections. I fold them into a palm size so it’s perfect for wet sanding.

When you sand, don’t use your three fingers like how I show you in the video. Use your entire hand when sanding. Check out the demo!

The key is to get it flat looking. Another quick way to find out if you’re sanding over base coat clear coat is that if you see white while sanding. On the other hand, if you’re sanding over single stage, the color will be coming right off because there’s no clear coat on it. If this car is just single stage, you’ll see red coming right off at this point.

However, if we sand too much and cut through the clear coat, you’re going to see the red coming out of your hand because you’re getting into the base coat.

There’s a couple of dents but we’re not going to worry about that for now because this is not a dent repair video but mostly finishing. We can fix the dents later on and then repaint the car.

This is pretty much done with the 400-grit. That’s how quickly you can have it completed. This is ready to spray base coat over.

A lot of people ask what color they can paint over. It depends on your final color. You can pretty much put any color over a base coat, especially if you’re going darker. You won’t hurt it. If you’re shooting white over this, you need to make sure to spray a few coats to cover it. Put enough white to cover it.

In this project, we used the Atom Mini X16 Spray Gun with a 1.0mm tip size. The 1.2mm tip size is recommended for larger pieces for better material coverage. If you want to check out these awesome spray guns, head on over to Zoolaa now.

Continue watching the video to learn more to help you with your own custom projects.

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Tony

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The whole goal of prepping before paint is to take out the imperfections like this orange peel. You want it to get matte looking like how I show you in the video. Remember this is not the final grit. We’ll finish it off with 400-grit before we paint.

It’s always good to have clean parts. I sprayed degreaser, hit it with a brush and wash it off. Check out the video as I show you how I use the wax and grease remover on this part.

For every golf ball size of body filler, put 8 drops of hardener. In this example, I put a little more hardener because I want it to harden quickly so we can get things done fast.

As you can see in the video, we’re spraying a good 2-3 heavy coats of Evercoat filler primer on all of our panels. We’ll also do some dry sanding with the use of our DA Sander. Finally, we’ll cut this down with 400-grit wet sand.

You’ll always want to finish by hand because you can feel all the little imperfections and you’ll see exactly how it comes out once it’s painted.

Here’s the Omni Plus. This is a good base coat and it’s about $100 for a quart of paint. Remember, this base coat is a 1:1 mixture with your reducer.

You don’t have to worry about overspray when you’re doing base coat clear coat. It’s not that bad compared to a single-stage enamel paint job. Single-stage enamel paints are very thick.

You can tack between base coat when it’s dry. But, never tack between clear coat.

When spraying your bumper covers, you need to make sure that you’re getting all the areas. You may have to adjust your nozzle from a wide fan to a narrow fan to get into some of these areas.

A lot of times, you’ll see specks of dots in your clear coat. That’s fine because it’s just atomizing on the panel. You might see little bubbles but it disappears after it flows out onto your panel.

You don’t have to be scared of runs when you’re doing clear coat because you can fix it by color sanding and buffing. The only time you have to worry about it is if you’re spraying pearls or flakes in your clear coat. That’s why I really recommend the newbies to just work with clear coats.

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