Re: Painting dilemma
ditto what the camaro guy said.
I just went through the same thing, i vapor blasted my 69 to the metal, then welded all dent puller and old body side molding holes, did all metal work and filler work, then sprayed with epoxy primer self etching direct to metal, then while wet we put 2 heavy coats of 2k primer, I blocked it several times then 2 more coats of 2k primer and 2 more times blocking. I decided (after consulting many, many guys who do beautiful work), then to use sikkens (u-line) single stage then 2 days later started blocking it ( just to flatten it) with 800 then used sikkens pc clear then 2 days later color sanded with 1200, then 1500 then 3000 wet da polisher then new short wool pad with meguires 100, then black foam pad and meguires 205, then blue foam pad and 3m fine polish, then 2 weeks later re buffed with meguires 205 and black foam pad, then rebuff with 3m polish and blue foam. car had 3 coats of u-line red color and 3 coats of pc clear, just finished the polishing today and it is super slick, beautiful paint.
nearly all the super slick jobs i did 30 years ago i used ppg and later went to ppg concept it is great, but to be honest the 2 slickest ones were a corvette years ago with sikkens basecoat/clearcoat and this camaro with u-line and sikkens pc clear!
My opinion is that Sikkens has the prettiest clear you can get and one thing I learned this time around is that all the paint allowed by the government now is watered down crap compared to the old paints, but with enough work you can even make this thin stuff look great! The only disappointment on my camaro was my fault, i missed a few small areas where the black paint from the stripes got on some sandpaper then on the red, and i missed it when cleaning it up, before clearing it, so now I have 3 or 4 small spots that look like grease smears but they are actually under the clear, CAUTION: the clear will magnify any thing like this, it can be fixed but will require repainting a few sections