Common Problems You Might Encounter With Hydrographic Paint And How To Fix Them

Posted on: 8 December 2015

Hydrographic paint is a great way to get your vehicle to look exactly the way that you want and can hold up to frequent wear and tear without cracking. Hydrographic paint tends to be highly flexible. However, using the paint can be slightly different than using regular paint for automobiles and other machinery. Here are some common problems that you might run into when you first starting using hydrographic paint and how to fix the problems.

1. The paint isn't totally covering the surface when I apply it

It can be frustrating to put a layer of paint on a vehicle or machine and still have the surface of the vehicle showing through. It can be even more frustrating to apply several layers of the paint and still have the surface showing through. If you aren't getting good paint coverage from the hydrographic paint, chances are good that all of the resin that makes up the hydrographic paint is residing on the bottom of the paint can. The resin is the main reason why the paint is able to stick to the metal in a thick, opaque layer. The resin is heavy, so it tends to settle to the bottom of the can. To fix this problem, all you need to do is thoroughly mix the paint to evenly distribute the resin throughout the can. Your layers will be more opaque once you stir up the can.

2. The paint is soft after spraying it

If you spray the paint to your vehicle or machine, wait for it to dry, and then touch to find it still soft, you have three possible reasons to check. The first reason the paint might still be soft is because you applied to much paint. In order to reduce the amount of paint that you spray on, either make faster passes with the paint or decrease the size of the spraying nozzle.

The second reason is that the environment in which you are painting is too cold. If you are painting outside during the winter, then you are going to need to make sure that you leave extra time for the paint to dry before adding a second coat.

Finally, you might need to add a reducer to the paint. The reducer that is currently in the paint might have dissolved over time, especially if you have been using the same can of paint for a few days. Adding reducer will fix this problem.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in custom hydrographic paint for cars.