Question about paint & lacquer

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After a nasty encounter between my C3's rear N/S wheel arch and a tight driveway entrance earlier this week, I've set about repairing the damage myself. After a lot of searching I got the right paint (Mauritius blue) and, after pulling out as much as I can of the dents, have primed & painted it. While a long way from perfect, I'm reasonably happy with it compared to how it was before the repair, but I'm wondering about lacquer. Instructions say for a pearlescent finish (which the car has) then lacquer should be applied for a correct colour match. Thing is, after priming & painting, I'm fairly happy with the match (keeping in mind it's new paint on a 9 yr old car) and don't want to add the lacquer if it's going to make the work look worse or more noticeable. While I'm sure lacquer will add some more protection, I'd rather not put it on if it's going to undo what I've done so far. I already have the lacquer and don't mind putting in the time & effort needed, but am a bit concerned it might be one of those cases where I end up wishing I'd left it alone. So, if I'm happy enough with how it looks now, should I just skip the lacquer? Any thoughts much appreciated.

Dazza.
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Hi Dazza

Properly applied lacquer shouldn't change the colour, it's there to add shine and a layer of protection to metallic paint below.

Adding lacquer to a small area is difficult, unlike the colour layer you can't blend it in to the existing. If you try to 'fade' the edges, the lacquer will be dull and look bad. If there are obvious edges to the area you need to cover, you can mask and spray but beware the the masked edge will show. Usually it's best to re-lacquer the entire panel.
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Thanks a lot for the reply, Missing Lincs - much appreciated. I'll have a go at the lacquering tomorrow or Saturday, once I've given the paint a good day or so to dry after its final coat.
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You might want to have a practice if you've never sprayed lacquer before. The idea is to get a good shiny coat in one go, too little and you don't get the shine, too much and it will run. Once you get the knack it's not too bad to do.
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all the evidence and pretend you never tried :lol:
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Joined: Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:38 pm
Model: C3 2009-2013, New shape (A51)
Year: 2011 (61)
Engine Size: 1.4
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 25000
Trim Level: Vibe
Gearbox: Flappy paddles
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
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Thanks again, Missing Lincs - hopefully it'll go not too badly!

All the best,

Dazza.
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