SigEp wrote:No worries, you caught me.
By "flat" should I use Krylon Fusion "Satin"? Or do you recommend another type? I found the same cloudy issue when I tried to clear over Krylon Fusion Black Satin. I figured it was because it was 1, satin rather than gloss, and 2, because it was so dark. The clear went great over Red Gloss, Tan Gloss, and Silver Hammered.
No, Satin is more glossy than flat, in between glossy and flat. Flat should have no shine at all once dry. I have never tried to clear coat a satin paint; I prefer to use my clear coat to give it the desired gloss. You can get Flat, Satin or Gloss clear.
I have been really happy with Valspar lately. The flat colors lay really nice and you really have to be trying hard to cause a drip. The Valspar Gloss Clear is perfectly compatible with the flat base colors and shines really nice. Re coat time for Valspar flat color coat is 36 hours; sure beats 7 days! I have been using Krylon Flat Clear Acrylic over Valspar Flat Black for all of my interior and tire paint and it turns out great.
Another option for a color coat is a little more tricky and a touch more expensive but your color choices are infinite. I'm going to be using Auto Air airbrush paint (Iridescent Green, see below) over a silver base coat with a Valspar clear. To use the air brush paint as your color coat you need to use an automotive spray gun ($40 Kobalt Detail Gun from Lowes). Auto Air is a water based paint so it's pretty easy to work with. There is no re coat limitation. Color must be heat set (heat gun) before clearing. Reducer is also suggested, also water based.
I'm not 100% sure why the cloudy effect happens. I only know that it has never happened to me using a flat base color.
Auto Air Iridescent Green Test Piece
SigEp wrote:Another question. Would it matter when I do the clear? I'm planning to do all the paint, stickers, etc. Then let it all cure for about a month before I do the clear. I also wonder if the clear became cloudy last time because I was clearing within 15 minutes of the base coat (I did that to not have to wait for full cure between coats).
But again, seemed to be fine with Gloss, was only an issue with Satin.
When to do clear will be based on the re coat times of you base color. Fusion is usually within an hour or after 7 days. The clears I use can be re coated anytime. Rule of thumb for me is to let any coat dry for 15-20 minutes minimum before the next coat. This is mainly to avoid runs. A month should be just fine. Just realizee that even after a month the clear thst you put on will soften the base coat a little and will remain soft for up to three days. I only warn you of this because thats how I put the thumb print in the hood of the Roush! It had been sitting for a day and a half but it was still a little soft.
Sounds like clearing Satin paints doesn't work too well! I hope this helps.