Originally Posted by PTI Paint
Can I ask what if anything was the most important/difficult part of the painting process?
Lots of things went into my choice of product, and prep. My homemade paint booth is nice but it is not completely dust free.
I needed a paint that:
Dried quickly to minimize the amount of dirt that could get in it, or be sanded if it got something in it.
I wanted to be able to mask the stripes and clear the whole thing to avoid edges.
I needed to be able to get the materials locally.
I didn't want to use all sorts of nasty chemicals to clean the aluminum, so I mechanically etched it and used a direct to metal primer from Valspar.
I wanted to be able to wet sand and polish the clear if I needed to.
I think the most difficult part is laying out the stripes. And the second most difficult is getting the clear applied with minimal orange peel.
With that said, I used Valspar base coat/clear coat products.
Only time will tell if I made the right choice.