Basecoat Paint Repair on Kevins Korner with Kevin Tetz at Eastwood


hey this is kevin’s corner so here’s a scenario you’ve got your car painted it’s looking good what you want to take advantage of that one final opportunity to really super enhance that finish from the top down the process of color sanding and buffing so you send every panel dead flat you go from thousands of 1500 to 2000 grid you wash it all down you’re getting ready to whip out your compound in your buffer and you realize the worst possible thing is just happened to have sanded through a peaked edge just handed right through your new paint job and write down in to use the primer for the substrate or the gelcoat and it breaks your heart and you can see that it’s not that difficult to have something like this happen we’ve got a raised edge here in a very sharp . and unless you were very careful or protected your edge when this hood was wet chances are you didn’t even know that happen till after its drive I’ve often said the difference between a painter and a paint gun owner is the ability to solve the problems that come up along the way the best-of-the-best have issues and problems and here’s how to fix this one now back in the lacquer days what you could probably do would be to just take your black base coat and blend a couple coats out and then take your clear one coat two coats maybe three coats and then cut your last coat with a little bit of thinner a little bit of reducer and then polish that edge down and polish the whole thing the reason you can get away with that with lacquer is because the lacquer paint that you’re painting on top of did not have a catalyst so the lacquer paint that you’re using and layering on top of that reclose it the solvents and it bite into it ended blends and becomes one those days are gone forget about doing that it does not work any catalyzed pain what you’re going to create is the layer that sits on top and his week and I know you’ve seen those repairs from a cheesy little body shop that broke it off on the sale pan or try to patch into offended you this hazy edge don’t do that what you have to do is repair the base color which has no strength it’s just the color and then go to the either the next simple panel break or clear the whole panel that’s what you got to do that’s just how it is get used to it and you’ll have a better result for it a couple of different ways that we’re going to go about protecting our surface and isolating our repair the first one is to use masking tape just make a little damn right here even use another layer can pull it back that way there’s no chance to be building up paint too much around that edge the other way I’m going to protect the rest of my hood because the paint’s perfect there by creating a damn and isolating the rest of the camp and if you notice I’m utilizing this style line here is the Rays bulge in this hood now where this a sharp styleline will be talking about a whole other technique because you can literally break that off sometimes and utilize that pedal brake as a way to repair but not on this way so what we’re doing now is our tape sticky too sticky coming around and with this in another couple of techniques my overspray is not going to blow that way I’m gonna blow my paint this way this is going to protect the rest of the hood now the reason I’m rolling this edge bag should be pretty obvious this soft tape edge the rollback edge is rounded and in case you get a little heavy with your with your base coat you’re not going to have a hard edge build up its gonna be a soft rolled edge here is actually a better example of this technique I call it back taping but you can see what happens you can create this little cold right here and as opposed to a hard line when you’re overspray pits that it’s gonna it’s gonna roll underneath it’s not going to be able to make a hard peak edge on this inside edge underneath that tape so that when you pull it off you’ve essentially got a nice blend and it’s so much easier transition to deal with before I spray any paint i want to make sure that you guys understand this is a water-based crap paint so I can talk you through the process while I’m doing the repair when you’re using solvent-based or even waterborne automotive paints don’t neglect your safety gear so the first thing we’re going to talk about is spray gun setup we’ve got a tiny repair here so we don’t want a bunch of air pressure blowing it out so we’re going to dial the air pressure back which is nice on this gun because it’s got that air valve on the bottom the second thing we want is the smallest pattern available well not enough air to a demise ok so we’ve got your typical elliptical football shape pattern there that’s not what we want like I said we want to isolate this so we’re going to take our fan control and dial it down it was close to a pinpoint as we can get there we got a very small pattern is still a little heavy for me so I’m taking my fluid control and choking this sucker off ok that’s no fluid delivery you see what I’m doing which also brings up another thing you can get real creative here if you’re doing custom stuff by dialing this pattern down to a fine pencil . now with the blend you also want to be very aware that you’re not over coding so this setup is just about exactly what I want keep in mind also i’m not practicing my gun setup on the panel I’m trying to repair do it on a piece of scrap paper okay now that we’re ready to start spring some Bank keep this in mind to it your first tendency is going to be to attack that line like this as you can see it and you’re aiming at it but keep in mind the rest of the panel here so spray away from the rest your panel this is a fairly common body shop technique for blending find your happy place your comfort zone there we go keeping my movement small just like my spray pattern all i’m doing is giving it a touch now until let’s try to touch you’re not ready for another coat to get some flash time here’s another reason that bag taping is a good technique see the edge I’m exposing this fresh masking tape so by rolling this back during the course of my repair I’m eliminating any possibility of a hard-edged build-up along here again between coats I’m rolling my rolled edge back even further it’s also illustrates the importance of crapping every bit of the panel and once your repairs dry to the touch and you’re satisfied with the color saturation you start unmasked take a closer look at the whole mass keep in mind also that right here the way i sprayed that repair it’s impossible to get over sprayed up on this side so you know the rescue is protected so what we end up with is a very isolated basecoat repair it keeps the color exactly where we wanted it but gives a slight blend out into the existing panel and what that gives us is a repair the completely disappears once you add your clear coat now of course you’re gonna have to be a little more careful with metallic or a pearl and keep it a little more control but you can still get there from here the biggest thing that I want to impress is that a clear coat blend has nothing to do with the clear it’s all in the color you’re clearing the entire panel or up to the next available body panel break or styleline so for more information on this go to East was online restoration form shop their tools but great information check out Kevin’s corner chat me up ask me about this type of stuff