Basecoat Blender - "Wet bed" 101
Using a base coat blender or “wet bed” has become a SOP for almost every paint line on the market today. There are many reasons why it’s sensible to use a wet bed in all or most cases. When searching for reasons why technicians do not use a wet bed typically only one arises - time and lack of writing for it.
At its most basic level a wet bed is a clear basecoat. This can come in handy in a number of situations to prevent or correct small mishaps in the refinishing process. The most common manufacturer recommendation is when spraying metallics and pearls. The wet bed is used pre- color to aid in the orientation of said metallics and pearls. By creating a smooth foundation for the color to “lay” this can minimize color cost, application time, and in some cases help reduce the potential for rework. Another added benefit is finding burns or small imperfections which become easier to spot at a quick glance once the panel has a slight gloss to it.
So why don’t we get paid for it? Not writing for it is the most common situation. Assuming the insurance company won’t pay for it is the next culprit. I urge everyone to reach out to their paint reps and request the P sheet for the operation. This is a great tool to have in the file if questioned.