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Chromabase vs Nason Full Base (Basecoat Comparison)

Just wondering if you find DuPont Chromabase to be worth up to 4 times as much as what they charge for their Nason line?

Anything I would need to do different if I do use Nason? I had heard that Chromabase is ok with or without activator. Would the same be true for the Nason?

Any adhesion problems with Nason? color inaccuracies?

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Just wondering if you find DuPont Chromabase to be worth up to 4 times as much as what they charge for their Nason line?

Anything I would need to do different if I do use Nason? I had heard that Chromabase is ok with or without activator. Would the same be true for the Nason?

Any adhesion problems with Nason? color inaccuracies?
I haven't sprayed either one in years so I can't say what they may be like today. But when it comes to colors that is a given, the Nason will be no where near the color match of the Chromabase. Simple fact is color formulation costs a LOT Of money, the "value line" paint isn't going to have anywhere near the color support as the high end line. They are often not even hand (eye?) matched but done with a computer and not even close. If you look at their description I will bet you a dollar it says "for overall use only". If it is anything like other value lines there will be no "alternate" colors where as the upper end stuff will often have alternate formulas for the same color code (not every car painted the same code is the same color!).

I feel the upper end stuff is worth the money, IF you have upper end expectations for your car. If it's a driver, a beater, then by all means save the money. But there IS a difference in the value line to the upper end lines.

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I had that choice when I did my car and the paint supplier in so many words said I would be very happy with the Chroma but the Nason is good for low end body shops that fix dings and dents on trade ins. Price wise - 2x for the Chroma for me (it was ~$600/gallon). Another thing you have to look at is the, for no better words, the "number" of the color. It will tell you the expected coverage. For instance, it took 4 coats for my color for good coverage, which is what the number said where another might take only two coats. DuPont has a very complete website with lots of info, but it does take some imagination to get through it successfully.

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Nason has the activator.......I dont use it though...Its a lot more work getting it on, sometimes 5-6 coats with some colors and a minumum of three.If your not paying attention it'll moltel or zebra strip too.You really need to know what your doing to make it look as good as chroma base but it is possible ,I use it on most of the regular cars I do but for a resto or high dollar cars I use chroma base.In the long run it is cheaper to use Nason but for someone without a lot of paint time you might be safer using the higher quality paint...There is the frustration factor....If your patient and have a good eye you should be able to do it and when its done right nobody can tell the difference....On the other hand if your bodywork isnt quite perfect why would you want to spend (waste) all that money on good paint...
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