Applying Base Coat to Your Car - Automotive Painting Tips

Basecoat Application Tips

calendar_today   NOV 2, 2023
R & E Low VOC Urethane Basecoat exhibits exceptional color accuracy and excellent coverage and is specifically designed for Automotive Refinish Applications but works excellent in Automotive Restoration, and Industrial applications where a quick dry basecoat is needed. Here are automotive painting tips.
Test Spray to verify color:

Spray color and clear coat on provided spray-out card to test color match before spraying project.

Surface Prep:

Wash thoroughly with soap and hot water. Clean using a Wax & Grease Remover or equivalent.


Sand using 400-600 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Re-clean using a Wax & Grease Remover or equivalent.

Mixing Ratio:

All R&E Mixed Paints are supplied as (RTU) Ready To Spray (no mixing necessary)

Gun Setup: 1.2mm-1.4mm spray gun tip

HVLP: 20-35 psi at the gun or consult gun manufacturer specs

Conventional: 35-45 psi at the gun

Dry Time based on 70°F: 5-10 minutes dry time between each coat

To Clear: 20 minutes min, 24 hours max

Tape Time: 20-40 minutes at 70°F

Equipment Cleaning:

Use Lacquer Thinner, Acetone, or Urethane Reducer.

3 Steps for Tri-Coat Color Applications:

  1. To achieve an optimum color match, spray 3 test panels applying base-coat color until complete color coverage is achieved. Next spray 1 test panel with 1 coat of the mid-coat color, the 2nd panel with 2 coats of the mid-coat color, and the 3rd panel with 3 coats of the mid-coat color.
  2. Clear-Coat all 3 test panels and check the color match from various angles to assess which panel matches the best.
  3. Once the match is found duplicate the same technique on your vehicle that coordinates with the test panel that best matches your vehicle.

Clear-Coat is required for all R & E Mixed Paints to achieve the correct gloss and exterior durability.

Checkout our R&E Paint Supply brand for Primer and Clear-Coat options. Excellent quality at an affordable price!

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