Wiping down basecoat

jcmeyer5

Having fun learning!
I wipe down my basecoat with water-based cleaner. After wiping it down I can still see streaks and spots where the cleaner has been. I then wiped it down with the solvent-based cleaner and saw no change in the basecoat. Did I just ruin the basecoat?
 

metalman

Oldtimer
Never wipe down base with the water base W&GR. The solvents that are in it will bite into base.
Not a good idea to wipe base down at all but if necessary for whatever reason use only the solvent base W&GR.
I wouldn't know from here if you ruined your base coat.
 

Barry

Paint Fanatic
Staff member
Always use solvent if you need to wipe base but if you do letting it set is key.
If sets over night the waterboure will be gone.
 

jcmeyer5

Having fun learning!
Eh. Too late. We wet sanded the trunk lid and did another two coats of base. It didn’t take long. Clear tomorrow.
 

JGR

Promoted Users
I see a fair amount of discussions about wiping down basecoat, I can't think of any reasons to do such a thing! Other than a tac rag that is all I ever would put on the base before clearing.
If there is a reason please help me understand.
 

Barry

Paint Fanatic
Staff member
It should only be done if you had to fix a flaw in the base, and even then, if small enough, you may be able to get clean without.
You're thinking is right!
 

orangejuiced86

Garage hack at night.....
If i am laying out graphics or something that takes a few days I'll wipe the panel down with wax and grease remover(solvent blend) before clearing just to clean up any finger prints and things that may collect while taping and masking.
 
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