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Thread: Clear coat.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2021

    Default Clear coat.

    I've clear coated most of the polished aluminium, smaller bits, just have the wheels to finish. Unfortunately, the clear coat dulls the shine quite a bit. Funny stuff to spray on polished aluminium: I had to spray a very light coat first, give it a few minutes then hit it again with a heavier coat so the paint would pool and flatten out. Still a bit of orange peel though, particularly on the triangular engine mount. The clear coat doesn't behave the same over painted surfaces, just polished aluminium, very disappointed in the finish. I may not clear coat the wheels as they'd be hard to get the clear to pool, there's a very fine line between pooling and a run. Float coating seems to just run and build up on the edges. I'm also thinking of painting the side covers black, they just didn't come up to scratch.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Southern Highlands NSW


    Looks fine to me.
    Hope they stay that way for a while.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2010


    I'm not sure that you will ever match the shine of polished Aluminium with any clear coat straight off the gun. I suspect that further polishing of the clear may be required.
    I also wonder, when looking at the triangular engine mount, if there may not be some polish residue that is reacting with the clear coat.

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