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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Clear coat for flat black paint job?

I wanna go flat black on my V Star Custom and have spoken to a few body shops here in Montreal about the options. Seems like there are a couple of different schools of thought on what paint to use and whether or not to use a clearcoat on top...

I would obviously use a satin clear coat to keep the black as flat as possible, but the guy I spoke to about doing this (he was a true, old-school gent) did not recommend this as the clear coat would, over time, damage the flat black paint.

But I've also heard the opposite - that there are good paints and good clear coats that work just fine.

What gives flat black fans?

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I wanna go flat black on my V Star Custom and have spoken to a few body shops here in Montreal about the options. Seems like there are a couple of different schools of thought on what paint to use and whether or not to use a clearcoat on top...

I would obviously use a satin clear coat to keep the black as flat as possible, but the guy I spoke to about doing this (he was a true, old-school gent) did not recommend this as the clear coat would, over time, damage the flat black paint.

But I've also heard the opposite - that there are good paints and good clear coats that work just fine.

What gives flat black fans?
without a some kind of clear coat the paint will be unprotected which would be bad especially on the tank where fuel spills will attack paint.

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The Stryker uses a matte clear. I would get the paint codes from one of those bikes and use that for base and clear.

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without a some kind of clear coat the paint will be unprotected which would be bad especially on the tank where fuel spills will attack paint.
Exactly, that was my thinking too...

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^ +1

The Stryker uses a matte clear. I would get the paint codes from one of those bikes and use that for base and clear.
Great idea! Thanks a million for the suggestion

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Also thinking maybe the Black Denim from HD might be a good look, with the eggshell clearcoat...

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Use premium products and you won't have an issue with the clear.

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I'll make sure of that Sick Mick =)

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