First wash the car with scent free dish soap. This needs to be done 24-48 hours prior to spraying the car. If your car is 2+ years old we suggest clay baring the paint. We offer clay mitts in our store. Doing this will ensure the surface is smooth prior to the Raail AirWrap application. Once the vehicle is clean and free of any dirt, oils, or wax, let it dry for at least 24hrs. It is very important that the vehicle is completely dry before applying Raail AirWrap. Water likes to sit in cracks and crevices and will only cause issues down the road (pun intended).
Now comes the prep. We suggest blue painters tape, green solvent resistant paper and some pre-taped masking film. We offer all of these in our store. Make sure to mask off all areas that are not going to be painted like windows, headlights, and wheels. Also make sure to mask off the engine bay and front radiator to prevent overspray in those areas. Depending on whether you are spraying the door jambs or not, you can mask those areas too. If you happen to have any overspray in the door jambs or on the windows, it will easily wipe off with a towel and some some mineral spirits. Prep is the most important part of the painting process so make sure to take your time and do it right.
Next, it’s time to start spraying. You are going to need either a Stage 3 Turbine or compressor with a 1.7mm tip size in order to spray AirWrap. DO NOT use a sprayer with motor inside of the gun as this is an extreme fire and safety hazard. As for the gun setting turn it all the way down and turn up 8-10 clicks and start with your first coat. This coat should be a light tack coat. Once complete, allow 8-10 minutes to dry and now you can start working on your next coat. Prior to that turn your gun up two more clicks. Continue this process till you reach 25-30 clicks on your gun. 3-4 light tack coats to start with. This allows you to build up enough product and ensure you don’t get any “fish-eyes”. Let’s say you do have this issue, applying 2-3 very light coats over will cover. Nothing too major.
A nice guide to follow
Gallon one: Light Tack coats
Gallon two: Medium coats
Gallon three: Medium coats
Gallon four: Wet coats
A few quick tips
-Prep is key
-Take your time
-Allow the paint to flash/dry between coats. (10-15 minutes)
-No need to “heat up” your Raail AirWrap. Best kept room temp.
-Compressor: 20-25 PSI 1.7 tip size
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