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clear coat not shiny enough

ok i painted the grille on my f250 with duplicolor spray paint. i primed it, painted it, and clear coated it the right way. And it looks pretty good but it still doesnt match the gloss of the truck paint. what can i do to make it shinier. im pretty new to painting stuff so please help.

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what color? and what year?

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well your prob not going to get the same gloss out of a spray can as whats on your truck but if you sprayed the clear on to thick you can actually dull it out also

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well your prob not going to get the same gloss out of a spray can as whats on your truck but if you sprayed the clear on to thick you can actually dull it out also
exactly, the key is very very thin and preparation. probably gonna get as close as you are gonna get if using rattle can bud

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well that kinda sucks but thanks for letting me know.

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What ya could try is wet sanding... start with 400 then 600, then 1200, then 1500 then some polishing compound, then fine polish, then some wax!

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For a small part like that just grab a cheap touch up hvlp from harborfreight and go the paint supply store and get some real paint like dupont or even some of the cheaper bases like valspar should be better than duplicolor. You can get a quality clear for cheap too, just look for one thats designed to match factory panels because some clears provide to much gloss to match right. All you would need is the minimum amount that they can mix for you. My place can mix 1/2 pints minimum which is rare, but see if they can do it for you.
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wet sanding clear with anything more aggressive than 1000 grit is going to remove the clear right away. by time you start with 400 there wont be any clear left

DHTD has the best option for you . you cant get a rattle can to match the gloss of a true automotive Clear . even some aftermarket automotive clears cant match what the main stream companies produce (dupont, PPG, sickens, Standox )

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