Introduction: How to Clear Coat Anything, Paint

From joe to pro. This is how to get an automotive shine on basically anything. Take your garage projects to the next level by making them look professional.

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AS67 (author)2014-01-01

What kind of Clear Coat are you using? All I have handy is Enamel Rattle Can stuff.

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zaphresz (author)2012-05-21

Awesome instructable! One question though, I'm planning on sanding the graphics off of my carbon helmet and just clear coating the whole thing so you can only see the carbon. For spraying the clear coat, did you use regular airbrushing equipment or automotive grade? I can't remember the specifics but someone once told me that I needed a powerful compressor and an automotive grade airbrush so the clear coat could molecularise (for lack of a better term) better, and in turn have a better finish.

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stuie25 (author)2011-03-04

hey youve got some great vids, so i just have a question, i am painting some plastic panels, they both had 2 coats of primer and then 2 coats of paint, i used car paint for the sparkle, that part went fine. i let it dry for a few days then gave it three coats of spray clear coat , let it set for a day and tried to polish it with rubbing compound and it turned into a huge mess. what did i do wrong? did i not let the clear coat set up long enough?

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Chadles (author)stuie252012-02-18

Hey there mate I paint plastic parts everyday, primer and paint part you got right, pretty well, but if you after that shine I would suggest 5 to 6 coats at least of clear coat, let it settle for a few days at least, then rub with some 800 grit sand paper to remove all that orange peel, and gradually work your way up to 1500 grit to 2000 grit sand paper, but be sure not to rub to hard on the edges or you will make a mess of the job, and then, buff with some cutting compound until you are happy with the finish, buff by hand, I would suggest using some scratch and swirl remover polish and I guarantee you will have a showroom shine.

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Masone AV Haunts (author)2011-08-11

Man I have been following him for a while. He is awesome. I was able to learn how to airbrush from all his vids.. Thanks

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pchow1970 (author)2010-09-14

I'm new to airbrush, in fact, I just received my Iwata Eclipse today, can't wait to start playing with it. You got some awesome vids dude! Definitely saving money on tutorials. Lot's of good tricks in all your vids. The background music rocks too, what's the music?

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caliraver (author)2009-07-18

i have done a lot of buff jobs on clear coats and gel coats (automotive paint, fiberglass, and carbon fiber) and i discovered that skipping the buffing wheel and hand rubbing the compound with a microfiber works best, saves time and gives the best result unless in a clean room! seems like dirt all ways gets on the buffing wheel. great DIY tho

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oxidave (author)2009-01-26

I would love to know what type of clear coat to use. A list of products would be sweet!

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fireman joe (author)2008-08-19

hey man great instructable, i just finished up work on my laptop from the skull instructable you did and i want to clear coat it, so i was just wondering, what kind of clear coat should i use? thanks a million

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ugocrazy (author)2008-08-19

hey, nice tutorial there. I would like to know your thoughts about doing a gloss finish on thick cardboard. I wonder how to work with the porosity of the material. Thanks

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MadMechanicMike (author)2008-01-17

should i let the clear coat cure before sanding and buffing or does it not matter?

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-01-05

that's pretty awesome

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""actually the best thing to do when wet sanding is to sand in a straight line with a sanding block"" Your actually right, but with smaller projects it is sometimes hard to go straight lines with sanding. But I'm with you, ideally you would go in straight lines. Like when your painting something big like an auto. Totally, sanding block and straigh strokes.

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uncle_al_0 (author)2008-01-06

actually the best thing to do when wet sanding is to sand in a straight line with a sanding block, so you do not get swirls in the paint job. if you do not use a block you only apply pressure where your finger tips are.

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uncle_al_0 (author)uncle_al_02008-01-06

Or at least that is what I was taught.

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Mr. TiKi (author)2008-01-05

good stuff

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theRIAA (author)2008-01-05

oh...

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theRIAA (author)theRIAA2008-01-05

I love it, awesome job, I can't think of anyone here that wont benefit from this

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