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Which comes first - Stripes of Base 1 year 4 months ago #30891

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I am repainting a 79 Camaro with stripes on the hood and deck. It will be like it was originally with two big stripes accented by a 1/4" stripe surrounding it. Although I have done this many times, I would like your advice as to how the best way to accomplish this Should I spray the base color and the entire car first or should i spray a black strip down the middle of the hood and deck and then tape off the striped areas.
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Which comes first - Stripes of Base 1 year 4 months ago #30892

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With stripes I lay the sripe color, tape stripes off, spray the rest of the overall color, peel stripe masking and clear. For nice show smooth look wet sand and clear again. I don't like any hard edge indication so I charge for 2-3 rounds of clear.
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Which comes first - Stripes of Base 1 year 4 months ago #30953

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Depends on several factors including:

1. What the customer is prepared to pay for.
2. What the original finish was and if the customer wants that replicated.
3. What the colour of the stripe needs to be.

For example, if the stripe colour is a solid, then you could lay your base first then clear it, then mask off and paint the stripes in DG. This is how Foose does it on some of his cars (have seen it on Overhaulin' where he paints the stripes in an open garage - how he doesn't get crap in the paint is beyond me!).

If the stripe colour will be a metallic, then you have no choice but to paint it in basecoat.

Alternatively, as strawberry mentioned, I'll spray the stripe colour first in activated base, let it flash for a couple hours, then I'll go in and mask off for the main colour and spray that (also in activated base)....pull off the masking and clear the whole job. If the customer wants it, I can block the whole body back and flow coat. This is what I'll be doing with my own AC Cobra that I'll be starting to build in a month.
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