What Is A Tri-Coat Paint Job and How Do You Spray It?
So what is a Tri-Coat or Three Stage paint? This basically means that there is a mid-coat between the base coat and the clear coat. The purpose of a tri-coat is to add depth or to give it a unique look. The mid coat can consist of a tinted base clear (translucent) or a base clear with pearl in it. It is not intended to cover the base coat color, but rather tint the base coat, which will allow you to see the basecoat. This can give you the illusion that there is more depth in the paint job. This is the same thing as candy paints, which have been around for years. Except now, many of the three stage paint colors are come on the cars new from the factory.
In this video, Butler students are going to demonstrate the steps to spray a tricot paint job. This happens to be a complete. If you are blending and matching the color will require some additional steps, such a spraying let down panels to determine the best color match.
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