Since color coats dry to a matte finish that looks nothing like the finished product’s brilliance, Prewitt says that when customers come to see a work in progress, they often comment on how disappointed they are at the dullness of the colors. To assure nervous customers that the paint will be as saturated as they envisioned, Prewitt will wipe a clean wet rag on the paint, bringing out the wet look the cleared colors will ultimately have.
Once the graphics have been completed, the parts receive their first two to three clear coats and are left to dry overnight. Next, the clear-coated parts get color-sanded. Similar to block-sanding, color-sanding removes any imperfections, such as the slight rise in the paint at seams between the graphic layers, from the paint’s finish. Dust and other debris are also removed by color-sanding. The super high gloss found in show quality paint jobs comes from extensive color-sanding and clear-coating. If any pinstriping, air brushing or custom lettering will be added to the paint scheme, it will be applied after color-sanding but prior to the second clear coat. Finally, after three days to a week of drying the final clear coat, the parts are buffed to the highest luster possible.