Any recommendations for matte clear lacquer?

  1. hooblah Member

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    I'm in the middle of spraying my bike frame and I've decided to go with a matte clear coat. I've never used a matte clear so want to avoid buying something that's no good. Anyone with experience here?

    I want a true matte finish and not something half arsed. I've given the frame a good rub with wet 1000 grit which looks spot on, and that's the sort of look i'm hoping to achieve.

    So far i've come across Rustoleum, Hycote, Autotek and Plastikote. Reviews seem to be mixed. Some people say that they haven't achieved a true matte finish and others say theirs has changed the paint colour or the clear has left a milky finish. Also some reports of easily chipped or soft paint.

    Rustoleum
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rust-Oleum-AE0040003E8-400ml-Crystal-Clear/dp/B001W03PS6/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=matt+lacquer&qid=1600212961&sr=8-7&th=1

    Hycote:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/HYCOTE-XUK...lacquer&qid=1600212961&sr=8-6#customerReviews

    Autotek:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autotek-AT...acquer&qid=1600212961&sr=8-12#customerReviews

    Plastikote:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plasti-kot...acquer&qid=1600212961&sr=8-33#customerReviews
     
  2. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Are you spraying it? Most decent suppliers will add a matting compound to your clear to your requirements.
    Nick
     
  3. Dcal

    Dcal Forum Supporter

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  4. hooblah Member

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    I'd prefer aerosols tbh. The size of the job doesn't warrant me cracking out all the gear for spraying. Plus if I go with 2k then it comes with the added expense of materials, time for set up, clean up etc.

    If it comes to it, I have cellulose thinners and a standard mask. I would be spraying outdoors so I imagine I could get away with this?
     
  5. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    On our Berger Celly & Max Mayer\ppg Acrylic systems there was a matting agent you mixed in, has that changed with 2k
     
  6. Dcal

    Dcal Forum Supporter

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    You can still get matting additive.
    But if the paint shop doesn’t have it on their paint scheme it will be expensive as you have to buy a litre of it and a litre goes a long way.
     
  7. MBB Forum Supporter

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    Lidl's mat lacquer was good for my projects very tough £2.99 I think the brand was called baufix.
     
  8. dyno-tron

    dyno-tron Member

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    2k aerosols are available, about £14 per ton, dunno if they are any good but I would like to think they are better than regular rattle cans.
     
  9. dan.taylor.1

    dan.taylor.1 General Tinkererer

    I've had good success with the blue (crystal clear) rustoleum satin and matt lacquer.
     
  10. Kram

    Kram Member

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    Spray with gloss and polish with 1200 grit paper will leave it nicely matt? That is how my bike bits were, before I gave another coat of clear.
     
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