When a “section” of bodywork needs to be painted, TUD Spray is ideal. Aerosol paint works for
panels and whole parts, while the jar and pen are for touch up and details. Spraying paint
requires technique; practicing with the test card or a spray-out/piece of cardboard helps.
1. Spray-painting is best done on days without wind, or in a wind-sheltered area.
2. Shake water-based aerosol LIGHTLY before using. Shake urethane-based aerosol
WELL. Re-shake both regularly while applying.
3. Use the test card or spray-out (a foot-by-foot piece of cardboard will suffice) to
familiarize yourself with the spray pattern before beginning your attack.
4. The aerosol spray tip rotates, switching the spray fan from vertical to horizontal. If you
don’t understand the reason for doing this, don’t do this.
5. Aerosol paints are best applied in light coats. Light coats help paint lay down smoothly
and consistently, improve even coverage, reduce runs, drip less, and dry more evenly.
6. Hold can 6-8 inches from application surface while spraying (test card is six inches long).
7. Apply paint in even coats back and fourth, spraying from right to left, then left to right. You will press down on the nozzle before touching the area you want to paint and you will continue to spray a bit after you have covered the intended area.
8. Start each pass 1-2 inches before the section being painted to establish consistent edges.
9. Never initiate spray directly on the repair/repaint area.
10. Leave 1-2 inches overlap on each spraying pass (back and fourth, fourth and back). This
will help avoid zebra-stripe paint jobs.
11. Paint needs to be a certain “dry” before you can put tape on it to change colors. This
“flash-time” for TUD Spray is 5-15 minutes. If you don’t know what this is, don’t do
12. Dry times for aerosol: allow the surface to “dry to the touch” between coats. This can
mean waiting up to 30 minutes to apply an additional coat.
13. After completing painting, hold the aerosol can upside-down and depress the spray
nozzle in two or three quick bursts to clear the spray tip.
14. Store the can upright with its cap on in a cool, dry place, such as your wine cellar.
2. Wash with water and soap. Allow the surface to air dry - we do not want residue from a towel or cloth or the wax and grease remover handy wipe
3. Apply 2-3 light coats of primer, waiting 10-15 minutes in between coats
4. Apply 3-4 light coats of base, waiting 10-15 minutes in between coats
If you have a Tricoat you will apply 2-3 coats of the mid, waiting 10-15 minutes in between after the base coat has dried to the surface
5. Apply 2-4 light coats of clear, waiting 10-15 minutes in between coats
6. Allow to air dry, you may polish or buff 24- 72 hours after the paint has cured