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  • #31
    Just did a tri-stage blend with wanda. Total price for the gound coat and mid coat came in at a whopping $50. I ordered a bit more than I should...but always do incase I screw up. LOL.

    It did take 4 coats of white to cover the gray primer though. 3 coats of mid coat followed by 2 wet coats of 2.1 production clear and done. I'm happy...especially with the peel. I don't do much of this type of work and everytime I do, I realize why I dont...but it is a nice break from bondo and primer dust all day. A simple blend...but it was easy and the color is dead on, went with the redder variant that it called for in the computer. As far as I'm concerned, there isn't anyone out there that can tell me that this stuff doesn't match and doesn't blend well.



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    • #32
      Looks great! When you spray the 2.1 do you spray the first coat more medium wet to create some texture then full wet on the second or just two wet coats and done?

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      • #33
        On this I did 2 wet coats since I was just clearing over gray scotchbrite scratches at the adjacent panels. heres a good pic



        Doing a truck bed on a dodge truck now. I'll probably do a medium coat and a wet coat back to back with med activator since I've primed the entire bed.
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        • #34
          I might give Wanda a try if I can find her in my area. I picked up a 2006 Impala police cruizer for a first car for my Daughter, now comes the project of removing the lights and making it look somewhat like an LTZ model. It would be the perfect candidate for some budget paint.

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          • #35
            You know, when I first started using it I had the mindset that it was budget paint. I'm just not so sure about that as of the moment. I don't know the "real" reason why akzo doesn't distribute it themselves, but after using it for a while, I can take a pretty wild guess.

            Here's the truck bed. 3 coats over spi gray sealer. Went with a redder variant, I could have tinted to get it a little closer but this is a work truck...will do just fine.


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            • #36
              I think if more shops gave other basecoats a try, the majors would find a way to make their high line products a little more affordable. I also don't think that the 2.1 production clear is as budget as some might think

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              • #37
                I think it is every bit as quality as the other "high end" stuff. I did 2 wet coats back to back on the nissan, fast activator. Baked for about 20 min and was ready to put back together after about an hour or so. pretty good for under $20 a quart rts, and quick enough for me.

                The paint companies are already getting desperate. A shop here, glasurit put in a water machine...told the shop they promised they would make 50% profit if they would let them put their stuff in. Either it BS, or they aren't making much by having it in the shop....but are desperate to have the account to keep sales up. Hard to know, but they were told they would make 50%.
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                • #38
                  Latest wanda job. SPI 2100 production clear.

                  When it allows, I always try to give myself plenty of blend room. I don't crash paint everday so the more helps..LOL.






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                  • #39
                    That IS a lot of blend room! Can't say I blame you on a color like that, though, looks great!

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                    • #40
                      Was a little worried on this color. But covered in 2 coats and blended very well. Sure could have done it within the door. It's the misses car so no harm done....unless I f'd it up..LOL.
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                      • #41
                        Very nice!

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                        • #42
                          I love these threads, so much to learn!

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                          • #43


                            All done.
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                            • #44
                              Is that alabaster? I think NH700M? I've had good luck with that color but when you look at it, it looks as if it could be tricky.

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                              • #45
                                Yep. That was my thinking but really did well... I was more concerned about the match.
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