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Basecoat or enamel?

I am blowing apart my 28 Model A coupe getting ready to paint it in the spring or whenever it gets warm enough. Either way does anyone have any opinion on whether to basecoat/clear the body than enamel the frame and exposed front running gear? Or whether to basecoat/clear everything? This will be a driver not a show car.

My reasoning for putting enamel on the frame and front end is ease of repair when it gets nicked up. The coupe has motorcycle front fenders and cut down rear fenders with no running boards. Also I am not running a hood or sides.

Thanks for the input - Jerry

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My question is, do you want the frame and the body the same color or will the frame be a contrsting color. If the frame will be a different color then I would prime with epoxy and use a single stage urethane.
If the bady and frame are going to be the same color but a solid color (non metallic) then you could use single stage for both.
If you are going metallic or pearl etc on the body and you want the frame to match then you will need to do base clear on both.

You are correct that for ease of care on a regular driver single stage will be the easiest to maintain and touchup.

Decide your color scheme and go from there.
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Basecoat/clearcoat

Thanks for the fast reply. The frame and the body will be the same color which will be a metallic medium blue. I am thinking of puting a little pearl in with the clear. That being said should I use the pearl in the clear over the frame and front end?

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Thanks for the fast reply. The frame and the body will be the same color which will be a metallic medium blue. I am thinking of puting a little pearl in with the clear. That being said should I use the pearl in the clear over the frame and front end?

Thanks - Jerry
If adding pearl, do it in a midcoat and then add the
clear on top of that. Nothing should be added to the
clear topcoat.

Sorta like a candy blue? Might look really good.
I'd do it all over, both frame and body.
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base coat

Its my opinion, but base coat clear coats the way to go. it gets chipped, no prob, a little touch and u go. it buffs out like a mirrior if u take your time, and 2o years ago it was cheap. and a little flake added and take your time u can ride with pride. good luck either way.
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Base coat is the best option, I personally used it on my car and got good results.

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using pearl in clear coats can give a good look...dark base with ligher pearls work and look really good...when you get the colour your after put down 2 to 3 coats of clear over it.have a test sheet and spray that before each coat so you know how light you are going with your pearl.
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