Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between single action and double action?
What types of paints can I use in my airbrush?
When I try to spray my airbrush, I get bubbles back into paint and no paint comes out why?
Lastly, make sure the feed tube inside the bottle is not resting on the very bottom of the bottle not allowing paint to go up the tube.
Can I run multiple airbrushes off one compressor?
What is the purpose of having a tank on the compressor?
Should I get a gravity-fed or siphon-fed airbrush?
I want to be able to airbrush fingernails, what type of airbrush do I need?
How do I clean my airbrush without damaging it
With solvent-based paints, you can use reducer or lacquer thinner. Make sure your airbrush is equipped with a needle packing before using solvent based paints. A standard rubber needle packing will not hold up to solvents. Again, spray thinner until it sprays clear. Remove needle and wipe clean and lube needle.
You never want to use solvents to clean waterbased paints and vise versa. You will end up with a gummy substance through out the airbrush. Also never soak and airbrush to clean it. This will ruin the o-rings and the valve assembly.
Can I use an airbrush to spray clear coat on my projects?
Can I use an airbrush for make-up and tanning?
My spray gun pattern is not even and seems to be heavier in certain spots. What can I do to prevent this?
How do I prevent/reduce the amount of orange peel?
What is the difference between a standard gravity-feed gun and an HVLP gravity-feed gun?
What does CFM and PSI mean?
My gun seems to allow air from the fluid tip to escape while my trigger is closed. How do I prevent this?
My gun keeps dripping fluid when I close my trigger. Why?
Why can't I go as fast with my HVLP than I used to with my conventional?
Is soaking in solvent the best and easiest way to clean my gun?
I have heard of turbine HVLP. Where would I use that?
Will a turbine spray automotive paint as well?
What type of paint should I use to repaint my car?
What does medium, slow and fast mean when ordering paint?
MEDIUM: 70 degrees – 85 degrees
What primer do I use for bare metal?
Can I use brand X paint or clear with brand A additives?
Can I spray lacquer over Acrylic enamel or urethanes?
Can I clear over acrylic enamel?
Can you mix old/vintage car colors for me?
What is meant by a Three Stage Paint System?
What is the FLASH time?
Can I paint over my existing finish?
How Many Coats Of Paint Do I Need To Apply?
You have a very a wide selection of products and brands. Why do you have so many products?
Why is it important to take care of my paint finish?
- Type and condition of paint
- Local environment (normal conditions and extraordinary events)
- Number of hours exposed to outside conditions
- Quality and type of wax applied
- Quality of wash solution used to wash car
You have many products and applications to choose from and all will help to prolong your finish. Whichever product you decide to choose, the important point it is to begin a regular cycle of car care and stick to it.
What is the best way to apply the products?
Back when traditional paints, like lacquers and enamels were used at both an OEM factory level and in the refinishing industry, the average person with average skills could perform all of the common detailing procedures by hand and get really good results. This is no longer true in light of today's modern, catalyzed base coat/clear coat paint systems.Modern paint technology, generally speaking, is much harder than traditional paints and requires special buffing pads and chemicals to remove defects where just a decade or so ago, a can of polishing compound, a rag and some elbow grease could accomplish the task satisfactorily.
- Depending on the procedure, machines are nearly twice as fast as your hands.
- Machines are much less fatiguing to your hands, arms, and back.
- Dual-Action Polishers and Orbital buffers apply a thinner coat that's easier to wipe off.
- Dual-Action Polishers and Orbital buffers spread polishes and waxes more evenly, for more uniform results.
- Machines do a better job of cleaning deeper and removing surface defects and oxidation more thoroughly.
- Machines are better at removing swirls.
- Machines force more polishing oils into the surface, for deeper gloss and reflections.
- Machines are more effective at removing serious defects than your hand.
What is the difference between Dual-action, Orbital or Rotary machines?
Rotary buffers are drastically different in the way they work compared to dual-action polishers and orbital buffers. The drive unit used in a rotary buffer is referred to as a direct drive. What this means is the auger, (the threaded part to which the backing plate attaches), is driven directly off the electric motor. This results in a powerful rotating motion. This rotating motion is typically clockwise as you look at the rotary buffer from behind, as though you were using it on a panel. Because the rotary buffer is a direct drive machine it can remove paint or clear and defects very quickly. If you use a rotary buffer and are not skilled in its use, you can easily apply too much pressure to the paint and burn right through it, requiring a new paint job. This same result can happen if you use a buffing pad attached to an electric drill.
I have heard a lot about detailing clay, what does it do?
What is the best and safest way to clean my wheels?
Wax, paint sealant... what's the difference?
Carnauba Car Wax is nature's hardest, purest and most transparent wax. Carnauba car waxes tend to produce a deeper, darker, richer shine that is often described as "three-dimensional."Many enthusiasts and show car owners prefer the shine of carnauba waxes, especially on black, red and other dark colors. Carnauba car waxes bead water nicely, absorb the acid content in rain, and hide minor swirls in the paint.
On the minus side, carnauba waxes are not as durable as synthetic waxes. Depending on your climate, a carnauba wax might last a few days or a few weeks. Additionally, some carnauba waxes can be temperamental, occasionally streaking under certain temperature or humidity conditions.
Made from modern polymers or acrylic resins, Synthetic Car Waxes (paint sealants) offer excellent durability and ease of application. Quality paint sealants last 6 months or longer and typically wipe on and off very easily with no buffing required.
Is there anything wrong with automated car places/carwashes?
What is acid rain?
What other steps can I take to protect my paint finish?
What can I use to tint the Tintable Truck Bed Liner?
Can I use Custom Shop pearls & flake with other paint systems?
Can body filler be thinned?
What is the best way to prevent fisheyes?
Can we use an automotive two-component Urethane clear on top of Zolatone 20 Series?
Does TCP GLOBAL ship internationally?
Do you accept checks and money orders?