I cleared an area of the garage, wind free spraying
I sprayed the colour base onto the frame 2nd and 3rd coat, and onto the forks 3rd coat.
The paint went on so much better without wind screwing it up.
The base went on smoother, not perfectly glass but as it dried it dried to a more matt and even finish.
I let this dry off for about 30 mins. I tried touching up slight runs with thinners on a paintbrush, I was a little heavy handed for that. This was the best I could get as I've run out of red. So onto the clear coat...
I mixed the clear 2:1 as on the tin, with 10% thinners.
The gun didn't like clear much, I sprayed the base at 30psi, I had to up the gun input to 40psi for the clear and reduced the material flow a bit. This was better but still pulsed from the gun.
I dusted the first clear on, and let it flash off for about 10 mins.
I then wet coated the clear on. Twice, 3 coats in total.
Lessons learned today:
No sanding of base coat required.
I sanded the bars as a tester and polished them with a t-cut restorer before the final colour coat, this went on very smooth (time will tell if it peels off...)
I need to work on the correct mix and settings for the gun for spraying clear.
I need lights for the spray area. I made the mistake of taking the forks to the door to see in the light after the 1st clear, and it was spitting, they got spat on.
I could do with some kind of extraction of the overspray.
Clear coat is sticky.
I have a few runs in the clear coat, I think I didn't wait long enough between coats 2 and 3.
The finish looks thick, whether that's the clear or not we'll see after a colour sand and buffing.
I have no idea if I've put too much colour on.
I'm hoping I can sort out the runs and the rain spots with a colour sanding once dried off.