Clearcoat on cold rolled help.

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Clearcoat on cold rolled help.

Post by gaolista » Sat May 06, 2017 4:17 pm

We are having some problems with finger prints. We have acetoned the surface and used gloves for handling prior to and during spraying, and are getting some fingerprints showing up a week after clear coating. We are using a rattlecan (rustoleum-2x matte clear).
The weird part in all this is the finger prints aren't showing up until about a week later. We sprayed a few coats, then let them sit and they looked great. We took them out to take some pictures and didn't use gloves (we assumed 1week was enough drying time) and came back the next day and the fingerprints showed up. We assume it's on top and can't figure out what's going on.
Any ideas?? Any recommendations on a better solution than rattle cans that's easy to learn/use?
Thanks in advance

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Re: Clearcoat on cold rolled help.

Post by tnbndr » Sun May 07, 2017 8:37 am

It would seem that the clear is not set up hard enough and the finger prints are embedding themselves in the clear coat. Are you letting cure at correct temp and humidity? Does the clear coat feel tacky or soft? An infrared light may help cure, set faster?
You should be able to sand with 600 and clear over again to make them disappear.
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Re: Clearcoat on cold rolled help.

Post by Tautog13 » Sun May 07, 2017 9:12 am

How soon after wiping down with the Acetone did you spray the clear?
I know the acetone will appear dry almost immediately, but if applied liberally maybe it didn't completely dry prior to spraying on clear.
And therefore causing clear to remain soft. (Off gassing under clear?)

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Re: Clearcoat on cold rolled help.

Post by Bigdogbro1 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:42 am

Sometimes I warm up the steel and go over it lightly with a propane torch to burn off the surface.

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Re: Clearcoat on cold rolled help.

Post by Kinetic Offroad » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:07 pm

Did you find a solution to this problem? I have been plagued by the same issue.

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Re: Clearcoat on cold rolled help.

Post by BeckerFab » Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:35 am

I have had a lot of issues using that brand clear. I switched to ACE brand and it dries soooo quick!!! Also the spray nozzle gives a nice fan spray versus the spot spray, so it is much easier to get a good even coverage.

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