Something glossier than 4:1 Matte black?

Addicted

Member
I sprayed my engine bay and bottom of my car in SPI Matte black, mixed 4:1, last year. Now, I am on to painting some trim pieces (window drip cap, Windshield trim, etc). I want something glossier than the Matte black. What happens if I reduce the matte black? What about using it at 2:1? (since 4:1 is glossier than 6:1, and 6:1 is glossier than 8:1)
 

Jim C

Oldtimer
just mix regular clear and add it to the matte black. mix both products with their activators then add.
 

crashtech

Combo Man
I wanted to try this and Barry did not recommend it, so I didn't at the time. I do think very small additions of RTS clear would probably work, the problem being that it will probably get less "repeatable" the more clear gets added, so once a gloss level is settled on, paint everything in one shot if it's going to be adjacent.
 

Addicted

Member
just mix regular clear and add it to the matte black. mix both products with their activators then add.
Thanks Jim. I think I'll try the 4:2 route that Barry suggested first. I may play around with adding some clear if I don't get what I want.
 
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