Single Stage Paint - Tinted Clears - Basecoat/Clearcoat - Embedded Dirt Single Stage Paint
If you're pulling a LOT of color or pigment then the car is a single stage paint like this 1957 Chevy we buffed out just a few weeks ago... 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air - Remove Swirls - Modeled by Kristin
Yep... we're working on red single stage paint as you can see by the red pigment transferring to the face of the buffing pad. You can see the red pigment building up on the pad as PJ buffs a vertical panel. Here you can see red pigment on the face of some of the buffing pads we used on the 1957 Chevy... And you can really see the red pigment on this white terry cloth towel after doing some pad cleaning... Finished...
One thing about single stage paints, correctly polished you get amazing richness of color, gloss and depth... Tinted Clear Coats
If you're working on a TINTED
clear you'll pull a LITTLE
color or pigment and see this on your buffing pad. For example, here's some pictures from the Red Jewel Tint 2011 Camaro we buffed out a few weeks ago that belongs to Rene. 2011 Camaro - Modeled by Amy Robert does a Test Spot on the hood to dial-in the process the rest of us will duplicate over the rest of the car. For this he's using the Flex 3401 with a Cyan Hydro-Tech Cutting Pad and the Blackfire Scratch Resistant Compound. This combination of products on the 5.0 Speed Setting removed all but the deepest RIDS
Here you can see the tint in the tinted clear coming off the car as we compound it and onto the face of the pad. This is nothing to worry about, keep in mind when you're doing any correction work on a clearcoat paint system you too are removing paint that is building up on the face of your buffing pad but because the paint is clear you won't see it build-up on the face of your pad.
See this article, Why it's important to clean your pads often... Finished...
Polished correctly, tinted clears offer a candied look... Clear Coat Paint
If you're working on a clear coat paint the only color you should see on the pad is the color of the compound, polish or wax you're using.
When we buffed out the 1977 Can Am Corvette we used Optimum Hyper-Compound which is blue on a blue pad on a clear coated black car and never pulled any color during our buffing process. No color coming off the car and onto the pad...
Anytime you're working on a clear coat the only color you want to see on your buffing pad is the color of the pad and the color of the compound, polish or wax. If you see the color of the paint... that's a bad thing... a real bad thing... Finished...
Polished correctly a clear coat will be perfectly clear and showcase the color of the basecoat... Embedded Dirt In Paint...
It's possible to be working on a clear coated car and see a brownish, grayish, blackish tinge or tint on your buffing pad even after washing and claying the paint. If you see this it's a sign of staining of the paint which is dirt in the air or some type of contaminant embedded on the paint and in the paint from the environment in where the car is stored, driven or parked. 1954 Ford F-100 - Extreme Makeover - Process and products used
We wiped this "Show Truck" down with DP Waterless Wash and then clayed each panel, this effectively would have removed any loose dirt or dust and bonded contaminants. Restoring smoothness by claying the paint
Here's Glen the owner of the truck claying just in front of the windshield for the very first time.. Here's Jeff claying the back of the truck... Rene claying the bed rails... Glen, Adam and Rene claying the paint... you can already see the gloss becoming amped up just from claying...
Here's Robert and Glen tackling the roof, not they are standing on stable work platforms to protect both themselves and the truck. Robert using the PC and Glenn using the Meguiar's G110v2
Remember how dirty the clay was after claying just one half of the roof? Clay remove ABOVE surface bonded contaminants but it doesn't remove embedded staining of the paint. You can see abrading the paint with a light polish and a microfiber pad has removed the staining effect and restored a very bright and shiny finish.
The pad on the left is new and bright white
, the pad on the left is a grayish tinge
to it from embedded dirt that was removed during the polishing process. Finished...
Polished correctly, any swirls, scratches and embedded dirt will be removed and a totally clear and smooth finish produced... How to test for single stage paint, tinted clears and basecoat/clearcoat paint systems
I also cover how to test for single stage, tinted clears or basecoat/clear paints on page 10 and 11 in my how to book