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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 23rd December 2017, 16:09 Thread Starter
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As I do a lot of motorway driving The car has the inevitable stone chips, have noticed that although the paint is black that the under coat is white, I'm sure Vauxhall in all their wisdom have good reason for this contrast in colour but it makes the stone chips stick out like a sore thumb, or is that the reason for it being white, anyone know?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 23rd December 2017, 16:43
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Although it might sound illogical a white primer makes the top colours cover better. I would cite as an example using a red topcoat. If you just paint this onto a bare surface it does not cover at all well, yet if you use a white primer this will not only cover any surface blemishes it will also give the red a deeper and shinier appearance. The colour yellow is also like this when used as a topcoat. I would guess that as well these reasons when using black as a topcoat it allows the user to ensure that complete coverage and depth of paint is sufficient.My experience in this come from making and finishing radio control model aircraft using acrylic and cellulose paints applied with an airbrush.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 23rd December 2017, 18:33
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I find the best way of applying paint to stone chips is using a cocktail stick or has someone got any better ideas on applying the paint to stone chips plus the lacquer?

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 23rd December 2017, 20:41
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I often use cotton buds for touching up paint, I'm always lifting them out of the bathroom and taking them out to the garage then she'll come out and give me a row - I had 3 tubs of them out there once and none left in the house.

I also bought a great touch up kit from Halfords for a silver metallic Volkswagen, it comes with the three bottles, base primer, colour coat and clear coat varnish. All the bottles have their own brush and they're very fine - just the job for tiny little spots. Either that or get some of Toulouse Latrec's single hair brushes harvested from young camels in the Ghobi desert.

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