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Old 03-01-2012, 07:28 AM
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Help with painting my sons truck

Can anyone point me in the right direction? This is the 1st time for us to paint a truck. I have taken some of the truck down to bare metal, but not the whole truck. My question is do I need to paint the bare metal areas with etching primer or epoxy primer? Can I use 2k primer on the whole truck or will I have problems with adhesion. Do I have to paint the bare metal areas with etching primer and then primer over the etching primer and the rest of the truck with 2k primer?

Is it possible to just primer the whole truck with etching primer or epoxy primer? If I understand correctly in order to fill in imperfections I need to use 2k primer. I am wanting to do it right but also the simplest way possible. Thanks for the help

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Be sure the whole truck is sanded good and clean up good with wax and grease. Then epoxy all bear metal no need to epoxy the whole truck at this point but wont hurt if you do. Now 2-k anywhere you did body work or think you need fill. Sand down to 320 grit reclean, tape up truck, clean again, tack off with tack rag give it a good coat of epoxy over the whole truck give it a hr or so and your ready to paint. You dont need to sand last coat of epoxy but you can with 400 or finer if you need to sand out any junk and trash in epoxy.
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What type of paint has been left on the truck? You may have to use a product that specifies it will seal up the remaining paint. This will ensure nothing haunts you in the near future. Look at your options, such as products available to you, then go over the spec sheets, they will tell you what you need to know.
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Why dont you want to strip the rest of the paint ?
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tHE MAIN REASON I DIDNT STRIP THE REST IS BCUZ TIME OF PROJECT AND I DIDNT THINK WE HAD TO TAKE OFF ALL THE OLD PAINT IF WAS ADHEARING WELL
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Usually ,yes,but if theres many layers theres a good chance of it cracking after putting primer and more paint on top..On the sections you stripped why did you strip them and how many layers did you find?
The industry standard these days is epoxy over bare metal theres still a few holdouts using etch primers but not many.
The 2k primers work well with the epoxy but if you wait too long you'll have to sand the epoxy before spraying the 2k (i always sand anyways)
if the paint is in good shape theres no need to prime it at all you dont need primer to make the new paint stick to the old paint ,it just needs sanding with 320-400 maybe some sealer and the best sealer is reduced epoxy...
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