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Old 06-13-2013, 12:14 AM   #1
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I just painted some metal candle lanterns for my patio. I used Rustoleum Universal spray paint and Rustoleum Clear Coat. When i add the clear coat some parts are nice and shiny and smooth like glass while others don't have any effect on them. Any idea whats causing this and a way to remedy it. I'm clear coating it mainly cause it will be in the elements so want to protect it. Thanks for any input.

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You may need several coats of either the base coat and/or the clear coat to get a uniform finish. You should never hope to paint with just one coat of anything from rattle cans. Finishes look best with multiple thin coats. There is much less chance of sagging and drips too.

Be patient! I am not sure you gain anything with clear coats vs extra coats of the color but will leave that up to you.

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Ive done 2 coats of paint and about 5-6 coats of clear coat. Pretty much used an entire can so far. The main thing is just the glass finish and glossy finish that im using the clear coat for.
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You are waiting for the surface to dry between coats right? If not, you could be creating the gloss problem for yourself as you go. It may even out as it cures too, especially if this is some sort of polycrylic clear coat.
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24 hours between coats. The can says 1 hour. They are thin light coats nothing heavy at all. Def take my time with it.
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Not sure what to say then unless the clear coat was sitting around a long time and will just not suspend in the solvents anymore? Is there a date stamp or suggested expiration date on the cans? Of course you have no way of knowing how they were transported or stored before you got them.
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Yeah i just bought it from the store the day i started using it about a week ago. Its weird cause parts of the lantern are fine and some arent. Thats what confuses me the most.

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