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Old 08-23-2008, 12:18 AM
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Chosing a Paint to use


I paint from home, and I am re-painting surfaces on my car that are cracked or faded. I ussually sand them down then apply a few coats of primer, If plastic, adhesion premoter then primer.

I do not know what type of paint is best to use. I currently use Acrillic Lacquer but I see that there are so many other paints like Urethane and Polyurethane and 2k (2 pack?). I need something that is easy to work with and sand, but also something that creates a shiny and durable finish.

Is Urethane any good? and are there any special steps needed for preparation when wanting to paint with urethane? What about polyurethane and what are their advantages and disadvantages when compared to lacquer.

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Do a search and you will find hours of reading.

But basically, a urethane basecoat and clearcoat system is not only the best and most durable, but it is also the best for us home hobbyiests. Usually imperfections such as dust nibs and orange peel can be sanded out to give a much better than OEM finish.

Lacquer is simply not as durable as even an economy urethane bc/cc from what I have read here.

I'll leave it to the pros here on how to handle the prep for your situation (I'm a total amateur). I would think if the present paint is cracking, you'll need to sand to bare metal (or at least primer if it is in good condition), then epoxy, 2K primer, base and clear.
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Urethane's the new king **** on the block, yo!

I mean...Urethane is nice. Isocyante hardeners in the clears are supper bad for you, so you'd need a fresh air supply system if you car about being able to paint down the road.
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