Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
I agree with ya Toby. Wet sanding in between coats of clear is the only way to a show quality finish. Anyone who is painting show quality bikes or cars these days cuts between coats. The problem with putting 3-5 coats on THEN wet sanding is simple..if you get a piece of trash in your first coat, the only way to sand that piece of trash out is to remove down the extra 4 coats you put on top of that little piece of dirt. Yep, waiting until the final coat and cutting will knock the top off the dirt nibs, but on close inspection, that little nib, if not sanded all th way out , will leave a nice little "ripple" visible under that right lighting or angle.
In the case of graphics, you can feel the high spots around your design, unless you cut and buff each coat of clear. Yeah, you can slop on 5 coats of clear, then cut it down until you can't feel any high spots..but then again, you've cut down 3 or 4 layers of clear..how much are you actually leaving to protect your basecoat and/or graphics?
On top of those reasons, you also have a real nice opportunity to see scratch marks in the clear using the "last coat cut", simply because by the time you get to 5 coats of clear, the normal dust and dirt nibs that are in the clear can't be removed by 1500 or 200 grit paper.
Clear will fill in 600 scratch marks easily, and as a final sand I use 2000 grit, which means I don't have to heat up the paint buffing the living hell out of it to remove sanding marks.
I always cut down between coats, and so do the other award-winning painters I know.
[This message has been edited by merch120 (edited 04-19-2002).]