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Dang man, the flames came out awesome, I see a couple of spots that need some touch up, that is why I like using an air brush or rattle can clear, those are easy to fix "finish" Not sure what is happening with the black, are you saying that the tape pulled of the base coat of paint? That's what the picture looks like. Or are we looking at tape still stuck on the tank? Any way , it looks like you used a thick grade metal flake, it doesn't matter , the 2k clear will cover it just fine..coat ,,sand ..2 or 3 coats..The black can be airbrushed back in after one coat of clear is applied. easy to fix..same with your metal flake touch up. The flames came out great.
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Dang man, the flames came out awesome, I see a couple of spots that need some touch up, that is why I like using an air brush or rattle can clear, those are easy to fix "finish" Not sure what is happening with the black, are you saying that the tape pulled of the base coat of paint? That's what the picture looks like. Or are we looking at tape still stuck on the tank? Any way , it looks like you used a thick grade metal flake, it doesn't matter , the 2k clear will cover it just fine..coat ,,sand ..2 or 3 coats..The black can be airbrushed back in after one coat of clear is applied. easy to fix..same with your metal flake touch up. The flames came out great.

Thanks man! It was masking tape residue. I had to clean all that up. took forever, but it all eventually got cleared away.

I then applied a can of spray max 2K clear and now its nice and shiny! but your right. the flake I got is much bigger than the one i originally used 20 years ago. (I kind of forgot which one I even used to begin with). this was just an experiment that came out great!

your right though, there are areas that need a hint of black touch up and even after using an entire can of clear coat, the flames are still about 0.5mm too tall. Im thinking it needs maybe another can...(possibly two) in order to burry the flames.

and yes, ill do what you suggested and touch up the areas now (before I spray another layer of clear.) Flames are going to need a nice pinstripe this time but Im overall happy with the results!

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Yes, it is hard to use the larger sized metal flake, that stuff is for large areas with a large tip gun, I noticed it on my job, it raises the edges and makes the edges a little ragged. you say you are going to pin stripe? Get you clear on and sand down smooth and finish with pin strip and then a couple more coats of clear......when you say an entire can of clear, are you talking about a rattle can? expensive..
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Yes, it is hard to use the larger sized metal flake, that stuff is for large areas with a large tip gun, I noticed it on my job, it raises the edges and makes the edges a little ragged. you say you are going to pin stripe? Get you clear on and sand down smooth and finish with pin strip and then a couple more coats of clear......when you say an entire can of clear, are you talking about a rattle can? expensive..
yeah that tank took an entire rattle can of Spray Max 2k clear ($22 a can!)

Theres at least 0.25-0.5mm of flake thickness that I reed to burry in clear coat...Im hoping one more can will do.

not sure if I want the pinstripe under the clear or on top for a more traditional look.
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Old 04-28-2020, 01:14 PM
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I know , you will go broke using cans of clear. I think a gallon of clear is only about $35 on Ebay.
maybe that was $50.
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So here's the final product (sort of) decided to delay the pin striping for another time. but Im pretty happy with the results even though they are far from perfect.

In the end I ended up using an entire can of spray max 2k clear, followed by 2 cans of rustoleum high gloss lacquer clear and a final can of spray max 2k clear to seal it all in.

wet sanded with 2000 grit, buffed, polished and waxed.

My 2 cents on this is that if using solid colors or thin flake, then spray painting isn't so bad and honestly, 1 can of clear would be fine. but if using the larger flake that needs to be buried in layers upon layers of clear, then maybe a standard paint gun would be better. but thats just me.





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Yes , I would be happy too, it looks great, it looks like glass. Did you polish those valve covers your self?
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Yes , I would be happy too, it looks great, it looks like glass. Did you polish those valve covers your self?
Thanks man!
I did polish them...although, itís a constant process though. I Just use mothers mag wheel polish.
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