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05-16-2012, 07:03 PM #1
Duplicolor Shadow paint
I have been debating on whether or not I should use this stuff. So I was a bit bored today and bought the kit. I used it on some Harley parts to try to get them to match the rims on my bike. So I disassembled the parts, cleaned them and away I went with the painting. I took some before pics but no after because I was so unhappy with the outcome. The kit is almost like a candy black with a clear coat. The finished product came out looking like I had actually painted it with a standard black. Now I am no painter by any means but this stuff was hard to work with. When I sprayed the "color" on it came out nice from the can but did not land well on the parts. There were what looked like large bubbles on the surface of the part. I sprayed 3 coats of color and 3 coats of clear.
I think part of my unhappiness has to do with the fact I was trying to match my rims. The cap on the color paint matched my rims nicely. But the finished product did not.
05-16-2012, 07:20 PM #2
05-16-2012, 07:51 PM #3
Just one more thing to add to my frustration
05-16-2012, 11:53 PM #4
With candy paint you need to apply light coats until you get a close match to an existing finish. If you got large droplets when you applied the paint you may have needed to shake it up and mix it well or you were to close when you sprayed it causing to much paint to hit the surface before it atomized correctly.
Another thing is if you did not take the "shine" off the parts you applied paint to, it may not adhere well. You can paint over clear so you could redo the parts. If you do that wet sand it with 1000 grit until the " shine" is gone. Get a bucket of warm water and add some dish soap to it. Soak the sand paper until its soft. The soap will provide lubrication for the sandpaper an allow it to go over the surface smoothly. Just sand in a circular motion with a light pressure...you dont want to go through the clear you have and get in to the base coat. Take a terry cloth and dry off the part every few minutes to see how your progress is coming. Once you have it all to a dull look you can repaint.
05-17-2012, 05:29 AM #5
It is like a candy in that the substrait shows through. With that being said they say not to knock the shine off of it or else the finished product will not have a shine to it. One of the parts that I did was the headlight ring. It looked so bad after the first try I wipped the paint off and tried it again. I kept the can about a foot away from the part and shook the hell out of the can for a few minuted thinking that that could have been the issue. Same result. I wanted to test the product cause I was thinking about doing all the lettering on my truck using this product. Well I can tell you that won't be happening.
05-17-2012, 09:31 AM #6
05-17-2012, 09:42 AM #7
@sstoner911 I don't think you understand what Duplicolor Shadow is for. It is meant to turn chrome parts into "black chrome". You are not supposed to sand them first.
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05-17-2012, 12:40 PM #8
Last edited by sstoner911; 05-17-2012 at 12:43 PM.
05-17-2012, 12:53 PM #9
However, that is a general tip sheet for any DupliColor paint, not specific to Shadow....I agree with you that regular paint you are supposed to scuff the surface, but if you watch the DupliColor Shadow videos they specifically tell you not to scuff the surfaces. As seen here:
05-17-2012, 01:01 PM #10
No I went direct to the shadow paint page. They have a similar tip sheet there. That's a little mis leading coMpared to the video.
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