So i painted my mk5 this past October in school i used Nason paint and clear was nice but i have god awfull swirl marks. Used 3m steps 1-3 and the right pads on 2000rpm on the buffer....at the restoration place im at they paint with Diamond Paint and clear and their paint is perfect , and they use the same buffing compounds, I wetsanded with 2000grit im not sure what they use where im working gonna ask tomorrow, so i re wetsanded to get ride of the clear got rid of the swirl marks but im still rocking back scratches i picked up a new buffing compound at pepboys just to try it since the car is getting re done in august before h2oi but id like to get more input since this is one of the degrees im in college for thought id see what you other guys use,
i use two devilbiss guns, the starting line ones. I'm shooting my 04 gti. I'm on a budget so i used 2k kwik prime, shoots awesomely out of the 1.8 tip/dvilbiss gun. I am using ppg deltron basecoat. I use the other gun with a 1.3 tip and its pretty good, and than i use nason select clear with the same gun i use for base. I've gotten pretty good, so the hood i just sprayed just needs a very light sand and then a buff.
The paint job on the hood came out almost perfect. Two little bubbles, hopefully just in the clear, i tacked it after each base coat, so it should be in the clear coat.
Nason is pretty cheap paint,you can't expect the results to be like a clear that costs 4x as much. At my shop we spray glasurit. I use a devilbis gti with various size tips for different paints. As for the wet sanding part, I usually use 1500 trizact followed by 3000 trizact both on a DA. For hard to reach areas I do 1500-2000-2500 and buff.
yeah place i work at uses glasurit paint i talked to the rep about using nason paint since i already have to avoid any reactions if any may accrue and to clear with glasurit clear said should work perfect
I also use menzerna compounds with 3m pads. I do menzerna 1000 with white wool, 1500 yellow wool, 2000 black foam and 4000 with blue foam or a black lake country pad. The cars I do win concours shows with that method.
Quit honestly, nason is cheap, but with the right prep, a clean gun, and a good shoot followed by a good wet sand and buff, it looks great. On an older car that you arent looking to win shows, it still could be. But i do agree the more expensive stuff tends to shoot nicer.