I’m painting with hardened alkyd enamel and have some questions about spot repairs.
I had some fish eyes and a run that I tried too hard to remove and now need to fix. The surrounding paint has hardener in it and has cured for over a month. The fish eyes are not open to the base, just in the last coat (I forgot to drain the tank and water separator and got water in the line). The run went through to the base when I attempted to sand it out.
How can I fix these? For the run, can I blend it into the surrounding paint with 220 grit followed by 500, then paint several coats, let it harden and level it with 1200 grit? Will that show after I buff it out? This is on the nose, so I have the option of just repainting the whole thing.
On the fish eyes, I was thinking of mixing paint and hardener (no reducer) and dripping it into the fish eyes to build them up, then level with 1200 after it hardens. Will this work or leave me with spots? I know I could have drizzled some paint into the fisheyes when wet, but they didn’t appear until the next morning.
Should I use a deglosser in the fisheyes since I can’t really sand in them? Could I use some Japan drier to speed up drying times? Could I use a heat lamp to speed curing time? The paint is black, so I’ll set it out in the sun as much as I can, but it’s in the 60’s here and sunshine has been in short supply.
Will I need to use a blending agent? What do I get? Is there one specifically for alkyd enamel or will one for acrylic enamel work? Will an auto paint store have it? (We're talking old-school alkyd enamel here)
This is single stage enamel with hardener. I can’t seem to find any info online that deals with this type of paint. The only info I can get is basecoat / clearcoat oriented.
1986 SE Aero coupe.
3.4 DOHC swap is complete and running, now just have to finish the rest of the car...
[This message has been edited by tesmith66 (edited 10-18-2013).]