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I'm painting my 1991 Mazda Miata. The original paint was a single-stage color. Should I go with that again, or use a clearcoat?
 

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depends on your wants...what color is the car?? if its a metallic id definitely go with base clear. if its a solid dark color like black id go with with single stage because when it gets scratches etc it will scratch the color of the paint and not scratch white.... its all really depends on what you want to spend bc/cc will last a couple more years than a single stage normally but waxing is the biggest life extender
 

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I'm guessing his miata is red. Could be blue or white too, there were a few british racing greens and silvers out there though in that year model.

Wanna paint my miata too? :shattered: Seriously though, I do have a miata and it does need a new paint job. I'd do it like the original paint. It looked good for a long while before it started giving out (my miata will be 21 years old in december and runs better than when it was new. :righton: )
 

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id paint them for you guys if yall were closer...i really need to put a paint booth in my backyard :mrgreen: i dont think the city would go for it though
 

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Too bad we're going into winter, heating costs eat up a lot of spare money that I would use to purchase paint/supplies plus it really needs to wait until the economy turns around and my earnings go back up again so i can get the hail dings removed and get a new soft top too.
 

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JiG said:
I'm guessing his miata is red. Could be blue or white too, there were a few british racing greens and silvers out there though in that year model.
It is white, but I am changing it to red. White is the only color I'll do a color change on; it then has sort of a "body-in-white" race car look, haha.
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id paint them for you guys if yall were closer...i really need to put a paint booth in my backyard :mrgreen: i dont think the city would go for it though
Paint booth? Pfft, too fancy. I'm just planning to spray it in the back yard on a calm day :lol:
 

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If you are going classic red, then I'd definitely do the single coat, no clear coat.
 

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Basecoat / clearcoat paints usually look superior in finish, and more durable, since scratches rarely get through the clear to the color coat. If you just want to get it painted and don't care very much about overall look, a single stage might work for you. If you want it to look "great," then clearcoat it.
 

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ChipM said:
JiG said:
If you are going classic red, then I'd definitely do the single coat, no clear coat.
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because solid colors look good in single stage and they dont white scratch...

id do something like this you can get a gallon of john deer blitz black(single stage satin enamel) for about 33$ from your local john deer tractor parts supply store

 

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id do something like this you can get a gallon of john deer blitz black(single stage satin enamel) for about 33$ from your local john deer tractor parts supply store
I actually suggested flat black, but was outvoted. :)
 

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I ended up going with an acrylic enamel in a generic "candy apple red." Looks pretty good! Has some texture that will need sanding, but overall I'm pleased.

 

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My eyes! Steelies! :runaway:

Looking good. I wanna see it all put back together though. :righton:
 
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