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Old 10-03-2019, 09:45 PM
lr172 lr172 is offline
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Originally Posted by AzAero View Post
Fair point, single stage paint doesn’t lend itself well to cut and polish. Although if one is going to produce runs spraying single stage color they probably will spraying clear as well. Successfully sanding out and polishing imperfections is tedious, time consuming procedure in itself with risk of paint damage.
Agreed, SS is no more likely to run than clear. However, clear coat is easily repairable, especially compared to SS. Therefore a better choice for a novice. Hence my recommendation. If a novice isn't prepared for the tedious work of repair and cut and buff, they would be wise to skip the attempt. I simply can't see a first time painter doing somethinkg like a full plane and some of the complex to spray parts without numerous runs. No way a first time painter lays down nice slick clear that doesn't need a cut and buff.

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Old 10-07-2019, 05:55 AM
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:07 AM
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As a datapoint, I've painted several projects including my RV-6 with PPG Concept single stage. I've always considered single stage (non-metallic) to be an excellent choice for a novice painter. Each of my projects needed some cutting and buffing and they all responding nicely to the extra finishing.

The RV-6 is twenty years old now and still receives compliments on how well the paint has held up. From the archives of the previous century (millennium):

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