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Old 10-18-2003, 04:15 PM   #31
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Yes, stay away from 'single stage' metallics. You will not like the outcome, do yourself a favor and do the base/clear like others have suggested. No jams, and a good paint like Duponts Chromabase, or PPG Ditzler line will produce fantastic finishes but are pricey. I am painting my 68 1/2 ton Chevy soon and the materials alone will be over $700 for the paint mentioned above. A good alternative is Nason, Dupont'* econoline. Or Valspar, the House of Color econoline. Also, try NAPA, they carry Martin Senior paints, very good quality too. Top of the line paints are Sikkens, or Glasurit BASF, very expensive but will hold up to years of use and still shine like new (Volvo, Mercedes, Porsche, BMW etc use these as OEM)

Self etching primer is mostly used for bare metal for adhesion, and to bond itself with the metal so the painter has a great place to start his work. I would use a good catylized build primer over the sanded OEM finish, then paint.
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Old 10-19-2003, 11:10 AM   #32
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A little off topic but in this weeks "Autoweekly" they where toking about the new Porsche GT3, Paint cost $5,400 per gallon. Unbeleaviable.

Don't go to Maco, I learner the hard way. My first car when I was 16, I bought an 86 Olds cutlass 442 in orange primer for $2200 couldn't afford a "real" paintjob so I got the Maco special for $499. Looked good for 2 years than started to flake right off.

Good luck on your new job, can't wait to see the suprise!
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