Need quick advice on paint repair - Page 2 - Pontiac GTO Forum
User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-05-2018, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
Stereolab42's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
So I hired the mobile guy after all... didn't think it was possible but he did a flawless job. Came out in a van full of paint equipment. He immediately matched and painted and blended the area with base/clear. Came back in a week to cut and polish and damn did it turn out good. Kirk The Painter if you live in the SF area. He's basically the only guy I can find who does this, at least the only one who advertises.
cij911 likes this.
Stereolab42 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-08-2018, 11:25 AM
1968gto421's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Posts: 747
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
That's great news, glad it worked out for you so good.
1968gto421 is online now  
post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-27-2018, 07:23 PM
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: S.E. Mich
Posts: 217
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So for the DIY types reading this, here's a few tips based on over 40 years in the game.

1) "wet" the white areas in the clear with wax n grease remover. If they go away that's your issue, no color needed, if not it's definiately in the base as well.

2) when looking to blend new materials like nearly all clear coat systems, sanding out to really fine grit like in days past doesn't work. Best to go no more than 800. This will give the
new material a strong mechanical bond.
3) opaque reds are among the toughest to blend but there's some "cheats" one can do to lessen the angst. Dilute your color blend coat with clear base. Make it transparent so the
existing color shows through the repair area. This makes any mis-match disappear before the clear is applied.
4) the clear used for a blend has to be made up from whatever clear your using. This involves a lot of reduction (75-100%) and a patient steady hand. It wants to run really easy so
TAKE YOUR TIME. Also be sure to cover the entire sanded area but use less as you advance those coats.
5) when it's time to sand/polish you want to give it a 1st sanding and then walk away. This opens the top layers and allows for a full cure where hardness is the key to a successful

A good habit to be in is make test panels. Another good habit is to check color outdoors whenever possible. No matter how good the lighting is in the shop it never has the full spectrum of light provided by sunlight. You also want to check it in shadowed outdoor conditions. On metallics the "flop" is really important. Also, reducing metallics is tricky at best. too much will "wash" the poly (flake) and create silver specs that aren't in the existing color. PPG and other pro suppliers offer a product called "flop adjuster" for mixing. Good luck, and don't fear the blend. It can be a very rewarding experience as noted in the original poster's experience.
666bbl is offline  
post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-29-2018, 06:26 PM
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Winona, MN
Posts: 173
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Dilute your color blend coat with clear base.

Is this clear base just that, a clear base or do you mean clearcoat mixed in with the color base?
tjs72goat is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Pontiac GTO Forum > The 1964-1974 Pontiac Tempest, Lemans & GTO > 1964-1974 Tempest, Lemans & GTO Paint Shop Discussions

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Pontiac GTO Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice on repair MacsGTO 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Projects, Barn Finds & Restoration Discussions 18 12-13-2015 09:23 PM
Need rust/paint advice Poncho Dan Exterior Discussions 6 01-11-2010 04:30 PM
Need Advice quick!!!!! Josh.AZ.GTO 1964-1974 Tempest, Lemans & GTO General Discussion 1 09-12-2009 05:00 PM
Need some quick advice! macgto7004 2004-2006 GTO General Discussion 10 03-16-2008 08:21 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome