How To Spray Clear Coat on Car – Eastwood Mustang Project


– In this video, we’re gonna
get this Mustang clear coated. Hey YouTube, this Donnie
Smith and we are working on the Mustang project, The
Eastwood Mustang Project and we are finally to the clear coat. The last video we did some stripes and now we’re ready to
start clear coatin’ this and we’re almost done with this project. As we’ve been shooting this project, we’ve just been using a camera and lettin’ it go the entire time so we have lots and lots of footage. I had to take it to some dead time out. I left all the steps that we did in it, but I did have to speed it up a little bit so I don’t have you watching
this video for hours. Well enough about that, let’s get started. Alright, we’ve got this car wiped down to remove any contaminates
we had from our hands when we were masking. Tacking it off with a tack cloth. Notice she’s got gloves on here. From this point forward
it’s good to wear gloves to keep from contaminating
the surface any further. Get it all tacked off and
this is what really gets a clean paint job, you know, making sure that you go through these
extra steps, you know, the tacking and the cleaning. It seems like you have to do
that over and over and over, but if you want a clean paint
job, that’s what it takes. You really need to make
sure the surface is clean. We’re going around, getting ready to spray and now we are gonna apply the clear coat. We’ve got the base
coat, which is the black base coat on there. We put some stripes on. You can’t really see them in this video, but we did spray some stripes on there and now we’re about to
start clear coating. Now the first thing I’m gonna do before I actually start clear coating, get the gun adjusted and everything. But I am going to spray
just a real thin coat, just a tack coat where
those stripes were at, just where the stripes were at because I’ve noticed the
stripe is a hard line, you know, where the stripe is at, and if you go and just immediately start trying to put your full wet coats like you normally would,
sometimes that clear coat will kind of catch on that
edge, that hard line edge. And even if it doesn’t run,
it might kind of give it a saggy look. By putting this thin coat on, a tack coat, kind of gives it something
to bridge that line and gives the clear
coat that you put on it, kinda gives it something to stick to and you won’t have that problem. I think it’s always a good
idea if you have stripes to do that, to put that tack coat on. And we didn’t do the whole car, just where the stripes were at. Now we are startin, we’re
puttin’ the first coat of clear and we’re startin’ on the
roof and workin’ this way. Now we are using a full wet. Think the technical data
sheet said two to three. We put three on this one. It turned out really good. I had to do a few
adjustments on the gun there and that’s something, if
something’s not workin’ right, always stop and see what it is. Don’t just keep goin’ or
you’re gonna have stripes or some type of defects. Always, if something’s
not right, try to fix it, especially with a spray gun. One of them holes become
clogged or something, it’s not gonna spray right. So we are getting around this car. Just about done. Although we still have a lot
of parts to put on this car and that will be the last video
which will be the next one when we’re gonna put it back together. And you can actually see
what this car looks like, done, completed, inside and outside and it’s gonna look really, really good. The job did come out really clean. It came out glossy, I
mean, it looks great. So we’re going around and like I mentioned in the previous video, I
like painting panel by panel. I don’t really like doing
the whole side at one time unless I’m doing a tri-coat,
where I have a pearly, where I have a third,
you know, a tinted clear or a candy, or something
like that, you know, you want to do the whole side at one time. Alright, I did the first
little bit of that, just kind of demonstrating,
’cause this is a new clear that we’re using so we’re kind
of having to adjust to that. We have not used this. It’s a European clear,
Eastwood European clear. With any clear, you’re
gonna have to spray. You’re gonna have to get use to it. They’re all gonna be a
little bit different. I know this European clear,
even before we cleared this, you’ve got to watch it
and you probably want to get a little bit further
away until you get use to it and kind of get the hang of it. Then you can kind of adjust it as you go, but this clear will run
a little bit easier. For most of the Europeans I’ve used it will run a little bit faster than your other normal clears. But the European clear,
it really flows out. After you’re done spraying
it looks really, really good. And it’s always good to
have someone in there to kind of help you control the hose. Most painters don’t have that luxury. If you’re a painter, you’re
probably gonna be doing that by yourself, but it is nice. Alright, now we are
putting the second coat on. Notice we’re using a bucket here, just ’cause we didn’t need a lot of room, just a little bit of help there. Notice I’m putting my
hand on the masking area right there, you don’t want
to put that in the clear coat. I use the masking area
to lean over if I need to and also when I’m spraying this roof, I want you to know something else, when I’m in the center, I’m
a little bit further away ’cause I’m short so I have
to spray a little bit further away to reach it good
and notice in the center I’m having to spray a little bit slower. When I get to the outsides
I can change my speed up, my speed and distance. It’s kind of hard to
tell that on this video where we’re going so
fast you can’t really see the speed that I’m travelling. Back to using that five gallon bucket. We also have some stands,
like if you need to walk a little bit, you know. We’ve got some that’s long
that you can move around. This just ain’t easy for what we’re doin’. When spraying, just try to remember all your different angles. We are not spraying boxes
where you have two angles. You got all these different angles and you need to make sure your
gun is matching those angles. Like up around your wheel
wells and down on your rocker. Places like that is where it’s
gonna be dry a lot of times ’cause you didn’t have
your gun angled right. It’s all important, your
speed, your overlap, your gun angles and
gettin’ all that right. It’s just gonna take practice
and then like us here, each clear’s gonna act a little different. So you gotta get use to the
specific clear you’re using. This is our first time
other than the parch. We sprayed the parch with this Eastwood. So we’re adjusting to it. It worked well, looked good, but you know, it is something that we
did have to adjust to just a little bit to get the hang of it. This job has been a work
in progress and really it’s been a long time for
me editing these videos. It didn’t take us that long. I think it took us five
weeks, five or six weeks from start to finish
but we didn’t work on it a lot in our class time. This is something, I think
about an hour to two hours a day is what we worked on this. Now we’re putting the final coat on. When you’re putting that final coat on, however it looks when
you’re done spraying, that’s how it’s gonna look. So you wanna make sure everything
looks the way it should, glossy, you know, have that depth. Look at the lights, you know, how does the lights
look in the reflection? So we’re gettin’ that third coat put on and this will give us plenty of mills. Even if we decide to buff
this, or anything like that or if we do get any paint defects, we get any dirt or runs, you know, that coat will give you
extra to buff there. And again, I think with
all the different angles, like the top edges of the doors and the inside edges at
the top of those fenders and things like that, you know, there are so many different
angles you gotta get so I think spraying each panel at a time I can do a better job for that reason. And what will happen
if your angles are off? It’s like I talked about
on that rocker panel. If your angle’s not right,
it’s gonna kind of have a dry area, it’s gonna look kind of dry. If you want that to look
super wet, super glossy, you’re gonna have to get every angle ’cause this paint does
not go around the corners and the curves and just suck to the panel. So we gotta make sure
that it does do that, that it’s sprayed right to make those. Alright, I’ve slowed it down here so you can get kind of an
idea of the actual spray. This is actual time here. I didn’t want to take
forever, you know, doing it. But I did decided to do this one panel and you can kind of see the actual time. I know this video view is not the best. I mean, we just used a GoPro
and put it up there for a lot of this, but that’s really
all we had the time to do. Didn’t have a lot of camera equipment or time to even do the camera. It does show you all
the steps that we took. Notice how I’m getting the
inside of that wheel well there. You wanna make sure you get
all those different edges. Now I know I’m going fast, you really can’t see a lot of that. These videos on this project is mostly done with the GoPro. We would just hang it somewhere and we’d all just start working. We’d even forget the camera was there. It’s not the best as far as
quality, you know, the videos. But it does show you the different steps. If we would have had time,
it’d be nice to really show close ups of everything we did, but man, that would have been a lot of footage, having this overall view and
then having some close ups, that would have been a lot
especially with this as long as it’s taken me to get around
to gettin’ these edited. It’s taken us a long time, but hey, we’re about done with this car now. We’ve got clear coat on
it and we’re almost done with our third coat of that. That’ll be it for this video
and then the next video is gonna be the last video. We are gonna put this car together and you’re gonna see it
done, see the stripes, see what it looks like inside and out. And I know it’s probably really hard to probably tell from this video, but man it really did, it
turned out really good. And the finished product,
I did take some pictures, which I will show in the next video, that does do a better job of
showing what it looks like. In a lot of my other videos I’m just showing one thing at a time, you know, how to do one specific thing. It’s a lot easier to get more
in-depth with that video, and with the editing and
all this, but this project, we is shootin’ everything,
you know, the entire process from start to finish is on video. And you know that’s a lot of editing, hours and hours of editing. And even though we take
some of the dead time out, it’s still a lot of footage
on there to work with. But we now have it done. We have it completed. We got the three coats of clear coat on. I know it’s hard to tell from this photo, but it looks absolutely great and we’re gonna get it unmasked and start puttin’ it back together. And as always, really appreciate you all for watching this videos,
especially this video series. It’s taken us, taken me,
forever to get it edited, but it’s been a long work in progress. We have just about got this done. Then I can start working
on some new things, some different videos. And if you liked this video,
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16 comments

  • Yuha

    Nice and informative vid, thx!

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  • fredjohs

    Donnie – what specific gun (and model) did you use to spray this clear?  Did you use a different gun for the base?  Thanks for all your work putting these vids together.

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  • KCrusher

    Eastwood Mustang Project Videos are exactly what I was looking for, the information is put out well and I'm looking forward to the rest of the videos. I will definitely be looking back at these videos when I get started on my car. Thanks

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  • Clinton Snow

    Hi, Donnie After I finish to spray my base coat (Black Paint) how many time do I have to wait to spray the clear coat?

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  • Faraz Haroon Laldin

    What gives a car a shiny reflection to the paint? Is that clear coat? Some cars have so much reflection they are like mirrors. What gives that effect?

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  • Dee Lee

    What is good paint gun and what size tip and cup do I need to do paint job less orange peel. You great video tips on youtube that is free. Thanks

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  • LearningZone

    This was a great video as always. Covered one of my question and problem I experienced that if anything is going wrong in the paint job, stop it and check the defect especially with the gun. My second question is should we keep the clear thick compared to the base coat paint while painting? I tried to keep it thin but it was not bringing a nice shinny surface and also it was making more runs in the paint job. what could be the possible reason? Please reply, Regards.

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  • mike renza

    did you use any reducer in the european clear from eastwood

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  • Slackerz Sincity

    Did you thin the clear, 2:1 clear coat is thick.

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  • Amer Rushdi

    thank you ………

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  • josh m

    Around how much would just a clear coat cost for a truck? Thanks

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  • Samir Pehlic

    Hey everyone, the best success that i've ever had was by using the Magic Painter Method (i found it on google) definately the no.1 course that I have ever followed.

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  • Stanlley Pajdak

    You are a Fucken fake painter

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  • Romell Yarde

    HI can you give honest review on the Eastwood Concours Gun

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  • Dewey Dougherty

    I sprayed my truck this weekend with nason base /clear it's been a few years sence iv sprayed. I got a couple long runs at the edge of door but it has tiny bubbles in the the runs ..What would cause this ?

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  • Blue Wolf

    Great series. What are your thoughts on using accelerators?

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