29. Valspars two-stage paint system starts with the basecoat. It flashes off fast, and dries to a matte finish. When spraying, put down as little base as required to provide uniform coloration. Keep the gun perpendicular to the area being shot, holding it 10-12 inches away. Overlap the strokes 50 percent and move the gun at an even speed. Use the same technique to apply the clearcoat. We used Valspars acrylic polyurethane. Depending upon the regulation in your area, shoot the highest VOC mix that environmental regulations allow to achieve the best flowout and finish. The higher-VOC mixes, legal in many areas, use urethane reducer rather than diluent (required in Southern California) in the brew. Thats it for now. The paint needs to cure for at least a few days before it is ready for the final color-sanding and buffing process, which well detail next month when we wrap up the project.