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Old 04-16-2009, 07:28 PM
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Best SS Paint for the Buck

I'm considering painting my own 65 Mercury Comet and would like to know which paint is the best for a reasonable price. Looking at shooting SS vs. BC/C since I don't intend to show but rather hope to cruise to the malt shop. Based on some of the many threads it would appear SS is much easier to apply for a first timer. Any help would be most appreciated.

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You've got it backwards, Single stage is much HARDER to apply.
If you're going single stage, go urethane.
Enamel is only slightly cheaper and won't hold up nearly as well.
Night and day difference between the two.
Enamel stays soft, even w/ activator.
Urethane gets rock hard overnight and is very durable.
Here's some urethane, really cheap, and good.
I use it.

http://www.smartshoppersinc.com/kirk...urethanes.html
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So you're saying SS is much more difficult to spray than BC, why is that?
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There's enough info on here to fill a book.
But.

Base dries fast and won't run, if you get dirt in it or a bad spot
you can wait minutes and sand it out, rebase over it and continue.
With single stage, it stays wet and goey for a long time,
if a bug gets in it, well, it's there.
Base wallows metallics to be even because of the drier spraying.
Get a run in metallic ss and you've got problems, it's there.
With base you can get the color right before clearing, touching up
and fixing, repairing, if there's a problem.
Then the clear is applied and any runs or dirt can be sanded and buffed out
the next day.
You can buff out SS but it's much more difficult and metallics sometimes
will give problems if cut into.

The list goes on and on.
But base is so much easier to control.
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I'm convinced, thanks
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I'm cutting and buffing my 1st paintjob right now. It was shot 8-months ago. I'm wetsanding with 1500 (3m) paper, then 2000 (mirka), then polishing with a small foam pad and Menzerna Intensive Polish. I recommend Base & Clear. I had some dust and dirt in the paintjob and it came right out, it's gonna look great (well except for the doors that didn't get enough base but hey its for my kid)
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Is the Kirker high build urethan primer as good as Evercoat Featherfill G2? Can I use the Kirker base over the Evercoat primer since its a polyester?
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Featherfull G2 is Polyester and would be an excellent blocking primer but shouldn't be directly topcoated.

Kirker Perfect-Prime 2k seems good to me, but I don't really have any experience with other 2k primers. 2k primers CAN shrink after your paintjobis finished I understand but I didn't have any problems with that...

for the money, I'd just buy a 2k primer from SPI and be done with it...
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If you know what your doing

If you know what your doing Spraying Single Stage Urethane is the same Spraying Clear coat..Don't be fooled. Urethane is Urethane
Solid colors 50-75% overlap
Metallic colors 65-80% overlap
Urethane sprays the same Clear or Colored.
Base coat in metallic is NOT easy until you learn..Tiger stripes will Kill you and waste paint while learning...No easier to spray than SS
Choose your Price and spray
As far as Enamel??? It was used for years by the car makers..Good stuff..Not quite as good as Urethane..But nothing wrong with it
I think you should buy a couple books on painting and read up

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