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Old 12-28-2006, 07:55 AM
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All "enamel" means is that some of the coloring agents (particles... seems like there's a word for this I can't think of right now!) is metallic -- though it's not a "metallic" paint because the particles are small and not shiny. Enamels are durable because of the makeup (the metal particles). Enamel can be water based, oil based, latex, or epoxy. POR-15 might technically be an enamel, I don't know.

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IMO... you should NEVER paint over rust... no matter how good the product is...
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POR15 is not a cure for rust. It encapsulates it ( seals it in) but if it is rust on a frame that has a chance to come off...if you hit a big enough pothole or flip a rock to the right area, and bust it loose, it will keep on rusting.
Exactly... Bee4Me said it best in this thread ...
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Rust NEVER sleep's. You may put it to bed but it will eventually wake up.

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painting a chassie

i like the enamel S/S with hardener. i sprayed epoxy primer, then 3 coats of enamel. it has a shine and creates a very hard surface. scratches... yeah i have scratched it, but i am building a driver. and with the enamel i can touch it up with a rattle can once a year. i am build a car on a limited budget so the enamel fit perfect. 1 gallon of paint i was able to paint control arms,springs, spindles, axle & backing plates, steering box, all front end linkage, calipers, lose parts for a Friends jeep, engine, ...**** thats off the top of my head. i still have enough to paint the gas tank & straps, drive shaft and cross member. i only used primmer on the frame and control arms. the rest was blasted clean and spayed down with clean lacquerer thinner before paint. so for 180 dollars i am painting allot of stuff with a fairly durable user friendly paint. what ever way you go, the parts must be blasted and clean.

P.S. When ever i paint parts, i always make sure that i have to many to do. i then focus on the ones need to keep the project moving at that time. the other group of parts are for up coming areas. this enables me to spray what i need done, and what ever left in the paint cup gets used on other parts. out of the on gallon i have wasted no paint. a steel cable works great for hanging pieces.

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Thanx for grounding us Mike. A good old coat of black enamel has always been a great way to spiff up a chassis. We get all caught up in our newly available fancy chemistry but your approach is excellent and time tested. I submit that Hammerite is a pretty good cheap substitute for enamel and I think approaches the $$$$$$$$$$ stuff for durability.
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