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  1. deadtofall_11
    Joined: May 4, 2019
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    deadtofall_11

    im getting ready to paint my 63 impala a flat black and im plan on spraying metal flake with a clear coat just on the roof of the car. Will 1 quart of clear be enough to spray the flake and be able to still have enough to bury the flake so i can buff it out to a nice shine?
     
  2. anthony myrick
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    Real flake or just the so called “flake” or metallic toners from a mixing bank.
    I don’t think that will be near enough to bury real flakes
     
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  3. Gman0046
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    Flat black and flake on the roof will look like Shit for sure especially on a 63 Chevy.
     
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  4. Not really but it still takes clear.
    Any idea how much clear coat ?
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  5. If you buy a gallon and activator, you will have enough. Depending on how your flake lays, it could take 5 -7 coats to have enough to sand and buff to be good. If your flake is flat, it won't be right. This isn't easy for people with much exp. I would suggest you paint a test panel and see what it takes for you to be satisfied. Good luck!
     
  6. anthony myrick
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    Flat with flake sounds killer
    What color on the roof!

    Be careful when you buff the roof. Cover the flat painted areas. Flat paint will shine up when you have to rub on it.
     
  7. deadtofall_11
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  8. deadtofall_11
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    this is the color . bought a 16oz jar and its .015 flake
     

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  9. anthony myrick
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    Like it
     
  10. I would do a test panel FIRST ! see how that flake lays down might have to use 3 quarts mixed sprayable just to bury it enough to colour sand and buff
     
  11. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    What base color are you shooting the flake over? I have used house of color flake many times over the years on bikes and in different graphic applications on cars and trucks. A table spoon of flake goes along way in a quart of clear. I always use a base color close to the color of the flake. I Start out with a table spoon of flake to a quart of clear, apply the first coat over your base , add more clear to your mix and spray a second coat. Depending on the look your going for add more clear and maybe do a third coat. Then 2 to 3 coats of straight clear. Use the slowest activator / hardner you can . It will keep the mix open longer and improve flow out. If you clear involves a reducer, add an extra 10 % or so to your last 2 to 3 coats to also improve flow out. When I do an all out show finish, I then block that clear with 600 grit wet and then re flow clear it 2 to 3 more coats with 10% additionally reduced clear. I then color sand starting with 1200 and work up to 3000 and buff. Over kill on what your going for. A nice driver finish as I describe to begin with would take 3 sprayable quarts for a roof. Do a test panel to make sure it is what you want . If a test panel goes to hell you can toss it . the roof on your car is strip it and start over time. Larry
     
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  12. deadtofall_11
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    i plan on just spraying it over the flat black. I will definitely do some test panels . thanks for the input
     
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  13. punkabilly1306
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    When I did the roof on my ‘62, I sprayed 4 coats of clear over my flake coat.


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  14. Knghtcadi
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    Use a intercoat clear for the flake it’ll keep your material build up down and you’ll use less then using clear , I always use house of color sg 100 intercoat with flake and bury it in clear , wet sand it again and reclear and you’ll be good


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  15. brandon
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    I like to use a spot urethane clear for my flake... get the flake down and give it a couple hours of dry time... Light scuff and 3 coats... Let dry over night and hit it with some 600 grit and let it sit over night , the 3 more coats. Like the base to be as close to the flake color as possible...
     
  16. deadtofall_11
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    well sprayed the flat black today . after 5 coats of black the primer spots were still showing through so i just opted to clear and flake the whole car
     

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    flake
     

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    Painting ain’t easy
     

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