How to get “Mirror Finish Paint Work” Spray Paint Tutorial

How to get “Mirror Finish Paint Work” Spray Paint Tutorial

in this video I’ll show you how to do what we call a flow coat which is basically rubbing the panel down and re clearing it to make it very shiny and it will look very nice and flat you won’t have much orange peel left after this is done so the prep works already been done to prepare it I’ve basically buzzed it down with a diner braid sander or an orbital sander 600 grit and then gone around the edges with some grey scotch brite on the pad and then put it in the booth wiped it all down with a degreasing solvent or wax and grease remover then as you saw I wiped it down with a yellow tack rag which should remove any further little bits of dust and now I started applying the clear so with the first coat you don’t need to put it on too wet let’s just so that it’s closed up so that you can’t see through to the panel anymore so that you’ve got a full close coat of clear over the whole panel in between coats you may want to wait for five minutes to allow to tuck off depending on the weather and the hardener used but for a panel in this slides you’d probably want to use a medium hardener because it can start to dry on you as you’re painting if you use a fast hardener so here’s our second coat you’ll notice that I go a lot slower I’m actually going to use a lot more material and I’ll probably put the gun a little bit closer to the panel – and you really want to get it on nice and wet on this cut have the fluid round right out so it’s about to fall out pressure up at about two bar or 30 psi and you can see that the from where I start to where I finish halfway through it’s a nice even stroke so I’m not sometimes you see apprentices do it and I’ll get to the middle and they’re nearly on a 45 degree angle and it’s just going to make that it’s patchy and it’s not even so you can notice when by the time I get to the middle it’s still one even line across the panel for this job I’ve probably used about 1 liter of clear just on this one panel because we’re trying to achieve the highest amount of gloss that we can and make it look basically like a mirror so bad that we sanded it down and then we cleared it that will allow us to get rid of any of the orange peel and it will basically make it look like a mirror so you’ve got about three coats of clear over the top of your base coat after the job’s done we’ll take it out the back and give it a D nib what we call it D nib see if you get any little bits of dust to do land in the job you can take it into the detailing Bay D never and polish it up keep an eye out I’ll be uploading some videos on how to do that in the near future as you can see the gloss levels are great there’s no orange peel in it the customer should be wrapped when he picks his car up thanks for watching subscribe to my channel if you like it go and check me out on Facebook and keep an eye out for the next videos you


  • Mark Young

    March 2, 2016

    I appreciate your insights on spray painting, but surely you couldn't go that slow or heavy on a vertical panel, like a car door?

  • Joshua Bouffier

    March 25, 2016

    I've just started respraying my silver vt ls1 at home in my garage in Rockingham and have just done one quarter panel so far with a $30 gun from repco, and I can tell you I'm stoked I found your channel coz I'm buying a better gun it came up good but couldn't figure out the "orange peel" and how I got it so cheers man I've watched heaps of your vids and really appreciate you for doing what you do your a legend, I've learnt heaps in a day!


    April 3, 2016

    mister gunman…you are the best paintingteacher on youtube!thanks man..regards from Greece!i learn very important thinks from you videos…

  • Amir Eghbal

    April 9, 2016

    how about sanding scratches on the base? If you have pearl or metallic forexample?

  • RICK

    April 16, 2016

    That looks crazy gunman.NICE

  • Mohamed Ali

    April 18, 2016

    A professional job.  Thanks

  • Alexcool Psar

    May 12, 2016

    hvlp or conventional gun for clear?

  • sem brown

    May 20, 2016

    Which tip of gun is the best for base, and clear?

  • seasonedtoker

    May 22, 2016

    I once told about this to my friend's father who is a respray professional like you. he laughed at it when I said a really flat finish can be achieved by sanding between the coats of clear. I felt like learning a hard lesson in car spraying that day. but a lot of industry does it, woodworkers especially. I guess European respray techniques are more orange-peely as you said?

  • Mark Grevatt

    May 28, 2016

    wow gunman your spraying really is something. amazing workmanship. love you to work on my motor. to get something like this would propose cost a ton of money. thanks for sharing

  • Badrul Hisham

    June 8, 2016

    thanks 😁

  • KGM- Kush Grade Made

    June 9, 2016

    U are good as hell man that body work on that hood is 100% perfect and as mentioned earlier black is the hardest paint to spray because any little waves or imperfections will show immediately with a mirror finish like that i been painting cars for 3 years and I'm pretty good too i also paint custom designer furniture

  • Ger Ruddy

    July 4, 2016

    That's class, I'm addicted to this channel

  • Bimer catracho

    July 9, 2016

    you are a teacher, OK. And I love coming to your school!!! my BMW E30 325is will look like a mirror when I am done!thanks for your time to teach us this shit! for real!salute from Houston Texas, USA. if I get a run,I already know how to fix it, stay trill!!!

  • Caleb

    July 21, 2016

    Rolls Royce color sands and flow coats their vehicles, awesome results.

  • jose castro

    August 2, 2016

    I love it questions how many coats did you put it? I want to know the process

  • jose castro

    August 2, 2016

    I love it questions how many coats did you put it? I want to know the process

  • Chris Craft

    August 18, 2016

    how in the world can anybody thumbs down this video? haters gonna hate

  • Emsflea

    August 26, 2016



    September 2, 2016

    id like to see u do this video again, since its a lil old, what directions and tips would u give during this same process now as oppose to then

  • Paul K

    September 14, 2016

    What gun are you using, what tip? hvlp or rp?

  • JOGO

    October 3, 2016

    Fantastic job , would love to paint my speaker boxes like that , over a blue or orange paint…

  • Andrew Prentice

    October 6, 2016

    With a high amount of clear coat, is there not a risk of the clear coat changing colour?

  • Levi Skuse

    October 20, 2016

    I have a question, i recently repainted a red tractor. with OEM IH red spray paint cans. it was glossy when i just restored it, but after a year, to this point, everything is faded a little bit, or just no reflection. I have tried auto motive clear coat paint and it glossed the sheet metal up pretty well ,but now after 3 weeks, there isn't really a mirror finish, "its outside a lot".. my question is, how do i get the full glossy mirror reflection like it was when it was brand new in 1976? or like a brand new car is glossy, and it can sit out side for years, and still have its reflection, my question is, is how do i get it to gloss and reflect like the manufacture for years without fading?

  • Spool Fool Racing

    November 12, 2016

    does this give you a better result then just a wet sand and buff out? I would imagine it would cut down on the detail time by bit since there would be much less orange peel to try and cut down if any

  • Joyride Motocamp

    November 16, 2016

    First Coat : 20 Psi
    Second Coat : 30 Psi ?


    December 31, 2016

    I do flow Coding all the time but I use HPC which is a fast clear and it comes out like a Mira every time

  • Raymond Figueroa

    January 11, 2017

    dude you are awesome as hell

  • rich will

    January 14, 2017

    What gun and set up used thanks

  • Antonio Medina

    January 29, 2017

    How long do you wait between each coad of clear coat.

  • nunya your business

    February 25, 2017

    just another day at the office for gunny looks great

  • Zhenya Dashuk

    February 28, 2017

    is that a harbor freight spray gun?

  • brian calhoun

    March 7, 2017

    I do airbrush artwork on motorcycles and I have always had hit and miss clearcoats and when it misses with all my artwork under it it can be fustrating but i have learned alot from watching you and took your advice about the devilbiss tekna pro light [i got the steampunk edition] and have had way better results. Just wanted to say thanks and I am thakfull for your vidios.

  • Ragin Reggin

    March 10, 2017

    Great job. Your sure cannot have a beer belly doing that shit.

  • MrCombuster

    March 14, 2017

    Can you make a video on painting motorbikes?

  • brkpls 60

    March 14, 2017

    very good result ,

  • kawsar *** kawsar

    March 15, 2017


  • downunder1811

    March 20, 2017

    Hi gunman, just wanted to know if I was thought right or not and don't get me wrong I'm no spray painter but have done some cars before for customers and they have been very happy with out come. But anyway for my curious mind I notices When You paint you spray with an open gun or trigger but when I was shown I was told to feather my trigger. I am not sure if these are right saying or not but was just curious to why and is it right or not.

  • D3Th_ BAMA

    April 10, 2017

    so u sanded the clear or the base coat?

  • JoAspirin

    April 15, 2017

    How long do you wait until flow coat? Can you like shoot the the panel, leave it overnight and then flow coat it or should you wait +- a week as if you were about to buff? (No forced curing involved and we are talking about Montreal/Canadian weather here)

  • Rohan rana G

    April 15, 2017

    who ar u noor this gunman good job

  • Paul Rossiter

    April 18, 2017

    how long does the first application of clear take to cure before you can start sanding it.

  • Bauss

    April 18, 2017

    the base is black?

  • MMKJ

    May 2, 2017


  • Skykiller

    May 4, 2017

    Like glass!  beautiful job

  • San Sil

    May 7, 2017

    gunman that's a super nice job.

  • Ritual

    May 9, 2017

    jesus fuck that is beautiful

  • Golf Gti

    May 17, 2017

    Thanks for you time n efforts makein these vid
    Your a legend

  • gabe321

    May 23, 2017

    What was the temperature when you sprayed?

  • J C

    June 1, 2017

    But how the shit do you not get trash in the clear?

  • steven mckinsey

    June 9, 2017

    Looks amazing. I'm gonna paint my boat to mirror finish

  • Travelingman 1980

    June 17, 2017

    Gunman, I have a car whereby the clear coat has no shine, can I rub that back with 600 grit and flow coat it, or what is the best method to get back the factory shine. The car is 16 years old.

  • Darrell Moats

    June 20, 2017

    I too have been watching all of your videos and I also continuity come back and learn more tricks of the trade. I rarely paint but I am here soon wanna paint my 99 f150. can you give me any tips. I was thinking of doing the bed first off the truck then the rest, I dont have a garage but a car port and was going to plastic in the side and run an exhaust fan out. I have the Molten Red metallic, any tips?

  • James O'Brien

    June 20, 2017


  • rich will

    June 30, 2017

    Hi gunman great vids, just wanted to ask , if clearing as I a bike tank and I've my first 3 coats , 1 mist , 2 full…… could I grey scotch after clear dries …. then reappear the process, 1 mist, 2 full, what is the different if building the clear up….. and using 1000 grit then re clearing , thanks

  • knightryderbelow

    July 22, 2017


  • booba loo

    July 29, 2017

    Great job, man! Thanks.

  • MattMooch

    August 9, 2017

    Is a mirror finish possible with water based paint? When I spray on wood (mostly over sanded paint already sprayed on the wood) when it is wet it will look very textured but it does flatten out as it dries, but not perfect like this. Is it simply not achievable?

  • Fernando Maques

    August 22, 2017


  • Sucre Fernando

    September 5, 2017

    Hello i like your videos 🙂 I want to ask if you use matte black or glossy black paint?

  • Sergey Oganesyan

    September 26, 2017

    How do you mix the clear coat?? Did you add reduser? If es what %???

  • nick panico

    October 26, 2017

    GREAT JOB !!!!!!

  • Joga Singh

    November 29, 2017

    Hi gunman your finish is outstanding. If I use ani r 150 spray gun will it give me a mirror finish compare to any 1.3 mm.please suggest

  • rich will

    December 1, 2017

    Hi gunman …. how many flow coats of clear the second time round thanks

  • sendheron1

    March 8, 2018

    class job!!!

  • Bobbyabafarida

    March 11, 2018

    Good job Boss 😊

  • Joe Mamma

    March 16, 2018


  • Riffnugget

    April 8, 2018

    I'm flow coating my roof and doors on my black car this week using a devillbiss gti pro lite and glasurit 255 clear with medium hardener… Question, obviously you can whack clear on a flat horizontal panel, but how do you get the peel sitting dead flat without any sag/runs/orange peel on a vertical surface like doors? Cheers

  • Larry Sullivan

    April 12, 2018

    Brilliant love it I’ve learned a lot from this guy great Larry in London

  • Chris Webb

    April 14, 2018

    On this would you have a problem with dye back ?


    May 5, 2018

    Did i hear you once say you can practice spraying by spraying using vegetable oil and food coloring ?

  • vin

    May 12, 2018

    Gunman how much clear did you used initially before you flow coat it ?

  • Jesse Cantu

    May 13, 2018

    Wish i could afford one of these guns!

  • Harry Borrison

    May 25, 2018

    Perfect.. Great job bro!

  • jai mar

    June 1, 2018

    awesome awesome

  • Jacob Sena

    June 16, 2018

    Whats the website i can buy that clear at

  • iamSelfSufficient

    July 6, 2018

    What clearcoat brand do you use and do you add reducer into your clearcoat to get a nice flat shiny finish?

  • Guy

    July 9, 2018


  • Anto Ma

    July 17, 2018

    Good Vid bud .
    PS skin breathes put a hoodie on man and proper face protection.

  • Declan 6914

    August 3, 2018

    That is a superb finish on that panel. Absolutely Ace.

  • A.

    August 26, 2018

    Isn’t it dangerous to spray 2k with just a half mask?

  • Tom M

    September 18, 2018

    Mate thats amazing, is this doable on a whole car? What kinda cost would it be to just flow coat a car like this?

  • Jarrett De Jager

    September 22, 2018

    Awsome work bud
    I'm new to painting..
    I'm a Paintless Dent Repair tech in South Africa
    And I'm gonna add painting to my mobile unit.
    Small touch ups the videos and looking at the beautiful guns on the market and also your work is great and love to see the start to finish product..keep up the great work..

  • sweetiepienumber1

    October 22, 2018

    Maybe tape your shirt tight? Sweet job thanks!

  • James Pouncey

    November 27, 2018

    Awesome 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • evilcowboy

    December 31, 2018

    real nice paint job. I subscribed because you have a lot of great information about painting. I don't have a professional gun or paint but I use rattle cans on a lot of stuff and following your tips works really well for a rattle can and makes rattle cans give as good of a paint job as it possibly can given its limitations.

    Good video.

  • knightnrmer

    January 1, 2019

    Flow coat the sides of a car the same way ?

  • Big Nick

    January 6, 2019

    Thats Good News Mate 🙂 , I love your videos too, keep them coming.

  • Evander Prestidge

    January 10, 2019

    Hey mate I’m an aspiring painter and your vids are helping me a lot I’m mainly doing prep work and priming but your information is very valued.

  • J Loren

    April 12, 2019

    WOW that looks great!

  • Brandon Keele

    April 19, 2019

    Why does it sound like your talking with a corn dog in your mouth
    The excitement is just overflowing

  • Patriot1

    May 19, 2019

    You are definitely a pro

  • Devo

    July 12, 2019

    Im painting my front of my truck how do I get my paint to look even and constant and shiny befor clear coat im useing paint cans ?

  • freethinker52

    July 31, 2019

    is a mechanical bond as good as a chemical bond? if you do this you are depending on a mechanical bond to hold the final clear coats. do chances of peeling down the road increase? i always try to utilize a chemical bond on my paint jobs.

  • Shane Beaudrot

    August 10, 2019


  • Farmer2492

    August 12, 2019

    Hi Gunman fantastic video I have just brought a V8 HZ Holden wagon they have sprayed a Matt finish on it can I spray a high gloss clear over it and how do I tell if it’s 2 pac or acrylic And what would I have to do thank you

  • Indiana&OhioRailway85

    August 17, 2019

    Beginner paint and body man here. This work is amazing. Even the new $80,000 Ford and Dodge pick up trucks have orange peel. It's shameful. Talent like yours goes a long way.

  • Rey Jr

    August 19, 2019

    omg..its literally a mirror.. great job mate..i dont care how old this video..
    by the way,do u have video flow coating using supernova?

  • Bob Sinclair

    August 23, 2019

    Excellent thank you guys

  • Maxu Sajmon

    September 9, 2019

    you are very good sprayer but this is on flat spray , you now your self that its immpossible to put so much clear on the side panel , still very good job ,best regards :)))


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