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Old 03-15-2009, 09:58 AM
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Best Chassis Paint for Strength and UV-resistance?


I am new to the forum, however, I have been reading articles on here for several years now.

I want to refinish the chassis on my Hummer H1. The chassis is visible, and I would like it to have a strong and durable finish that is also UV-Proof as best as possible to stop fading.

I live in Florida and the salt air is a bit of an issue.

Here are 2 pictures of the chassis/front bumper currently. There is light surface rust on the painted chassis/bumper assembly. It would be difficult to disassemble to send out for a complete power coated treatment.
I would like something that does the following:
1. Kills the rust on an existing, painted surface completely so I never have to worry about rust/surface rust again.
2. Coats the chassis/bumpers in a finish that does not allow rust to grow.
3. Provides extremely durable finish resistant to rocks, wear and tear.
4. Provides optimum UV proof finish to prevent fading, a semi-gloss black finish.

I have spent several hours on here already reading about POR-15, but I am keeping this vehicle forever and do not want to "put lipstick on a pig". I did not like reading threads of members who applied POR-15, only to sand it down and find the rust still present and the steel weakend.

I have read about the epoxy paints and they seem pretty decent. However, not great for rust from what I understand. I also read about the traditional enamels and the Dupont Chassis Black, Southern Chassis Black, etc...

I have no idea where to start. I have not painted previously, but I am handy. I have a great local paint shop that does work on my vehicles and I am happy to use brush-on finishes as long as they flow evenly and do not show brush strokes/marks.

Thanks for your time. I did my best to read old threads, etc...and the online discussions/articles, but I still do not know what is best for my particular circumstances.

Cheers, C

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