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builds fast, seals in any contamination or stain, and sands fairly easily. You can apply it with a brush, foam brush, or even a roller. It also comes in spray cans.

Put on at least two good coats of primer, letting each one dry for several hours, then let it sit overnight. In the morning, sand the surface with 220-grit stearated sandpaper.

Putty Again?!

Inspect the surfacc closely again. Any dings, pinholes, and even scratchcs that you can now see, you must putty.

This time around, use lacqucr putt)', a very fast-drying, colored (usually red) mixture in a toothpaste-like cube. It's effective only in very shallow and small depressions. You'll find it under the names Nitro-stan, Super Red Putty (3M), DFL-17 Spot Putty (PPG), or Glazing and Spot Putty (Bondo), as well as a few others at the local auto parts store. The bright color shows up, even in the tiniest pinholes, on white or gray primer. (See left photo, page 94.) After they dry, lightly sand these putty spots flush with 320 grit.

Primer, One Last Time

Apply a final coat of primer and let it dry overnight. Sand it carefully, so as to avoid sanding through the primer, with 320-grit self-lubricated sandpaper. If you sand through anywhere, touch it up with primer and re-sand after it dries. You arc ready for color when the entire surface is sealed white and completely free of blemishes.

Now for Some Excitement

It is time to brighten up your life. Spray the stuff on in thin coats to avoid drips. The same safety rules for spraying lacquer with fancy equipment also apply here: Set up a spray area in a well-venti-

latcd room or, preferably, outdoors. And wear a good carbon-filter vapor mask—lacqucr overspray is dangerous.

It usually takes four coats to achieve a uniform look over the entire piece. The can contains around 85 percent thinner, so each coat will lay out very nicely. Because the stuff dries fast, you can get all the color on in one day, and still have time for the clear topcoat.

Clear Protection

Colored lacqucr shows scratchcs, so it's best to protect it with two coats of clear gloss. Use the same brand of clear lacquer as the color you used. Between coats, sand out the finish with 600-grit wet-and-dry paper and naphtha as a lubricant. If you rub the finish to a high gloss, use at least four coats of clear and let it dry several days before you rub with automotive polishing compound. (For more on rubbing to a high gloss, see AW #39.) A

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