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03-23-2015 07:53 AM
shine over time you will find you have an extra qrt of acc left over.
03-22-2015 07:37 PM
TucsonJay I also used PPG for about 10 years. I gave it up for R-M. Before PPG, it was Dupont for a couple decades. :-)~

Today I use a mix of many brands I discovered over the last 10-15 years. I learned how to use them together, and they proved reliable..... until the clear reformulation debacle. {:-(

Now I seem to be back on track. :-)~ It's a good thing since I guarantee my work for as long as you own it.
03-22-2015 06:36 PM
da34guy
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Originally Posted by TucsonJay View Post
I am not following your point. Are you speaking in favor of the SPI clear?

For an equal ready to spray amount...

SPI costs me $250...

and the R-M's DC92 was costing me $400. I didn't mind the cost, as the performance had been everything I could dream of!

After about 15 years of using the R-M, I would have stayed with it, but it suddenly it was creating major problems for me. They denied they had changed the formula... despite the fact that the dealer gave me instructions for use that were nowhere near what they used to be... and I eventually found out from another manufacturer what had happened!

SPI manufactures for a different market, so I expect it to stay reliable! :-)
What I mean Jay is I usually buy 2 gallons and 8 to 10 quarts activator, when I get down to 1 gallon I re order from SPI, always having a gallon or so on the shelf. Used PPG for over 30 years , switched to SPI 8 years ago and never looked back.
03-22-2015 06:25 PM
TucsonJay I am not following your point. Are you speaking in favor of the SPI clear?

For an equal ready to spray amount...

SPI costs me $250...

and the R-M's DC92 was costing me $400. I didn't mind the cost, as the performance had been everything I could dream of!

After about 15 years of using the R-M, I would have stayed with it, but it suddenly it was creating major problems for me. They denied they had changed the formula... despite the fact that the dealer gave me instructions for use that were nowhere near what they used to be... and I eventually found out from another manufacturer what had happened!

SPI manufactures for a different market, so I expect it to stay reliable! :-)
03-22-2015 05:21 PM
da34guy For the total cost of SPI UV clear compared to PPG< Dupont etc, and getting 2 gallons RTS per gallon, I always have 1 gallon and 6 to 8 activators back up. Just food for thought Tucson Jay
03-22-2015 12:26 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by TucsonJay View Post
I've been custom painting for 50 years now. First car was in high school. I started painting for others in '73, then went full time in '86. I have used all of the major brands, but would try to stick with a system that worked until it eventually was reformulated, and became a problem.

I started with the SPI clear about a year ago, and I have a few things I appreciate about it.

Hard to run.
high build, so fewer coats. (I sand and buff every job.)
Shorter flash time between coats.
No gas bubbles between layers.
No solvent pop craters ("fish pops") as some new clears have.
Compatible with different color coats.
Easy to sand and buff.
The cost is very good for a quality paint.

Negative things: I haven't found any yet. LOL!
I suppose it would be nice if it was sold locally... for emergencies.. but I won't switch unless the formula is changed.
You do have to appreciate the free shipping as well as the fact that it almost always ships same day as ordered. I ordered a gallon of Epoxy from Barry at 3:00 pm and it was at my door step by noon the next day. Of course, I am only 100 miles from Blairsville but that is still great service.

John
03-22-2015 11:58 AM
TucsonJay I've been custom painting for 50 years now. First car was in high school. I started painting for others in '73, then went full time in '86. I have used all of the major brands, but would try to stick with a system that worked until it eventually was reformulated, and became a problem.

I started with the SPI clear about a year ago, and I have a few things I appreciate about it.

Hard to run.
high build, so fewer coats. (I sand and buff every job.)
Shorter flash time between coats.
No gas bubbles between layers.
No solvent pop craters ("fish pops") as some new clears have.
Compatible with different color coats.
Easy to sand and buff.
The cost is very good for a quality paint.

Negative things: I haven't found any yet. LOL!
I suppose it would be nice if it was sold locally... for emergencies.. but I won't switch unless the formula is changed.
03-22-2015 10:51 AM
mr4speed Boy this is areal old thread that has been dug up. As a matter of fact, that white caddy project in the pics went on hold right after I sprayed it and has been in storage ever since. Still has to be cut and buffed, being SPI clear should not even be a problem, 4 years or so later (will probably be even longer). Even the 55 chevy is still sitting unfinished, after I finished all that I had to do to it.
03-21-2015 07:35 PM
Crankbait The clear is very good. Seems on the "softer" side but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
06-12-2011 01:41 PM
texastomeh
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...even if the clear and epoxy was just average the sales and service alone is enough to have me hooked.....
DITTO from Dallas.

I just finished swapping emails with Barry re compatability of SPI Universal Clear with a water based 100% Acrylic Base Coat (it is - with a little common sense), and it is SUNDAY!!

Try THAT with some of the other guys!!

Tom
06-12-2011 10:40 AM
deadbodyman OK,I'm in ....SPI universal clear over Blk chroma base...Before cut & buff..
Lot car...SPI again over RED Nason ful base..no cut & buff....and they say Nason cant be blended..
I started using SPI about seven yrs ago because of the price.since then I've tried most of thier products,they all preform well at a good price but thier clear and epoxy primer stand head and shoulders above the rest at ANY price...Theres only a few companies that have earned this amount of praise but of them SPI is at the top and I havent even gotten into thier service at all ...even if the clear and epoxy was just average the sales and service alone is enough to have me hooked.....
06-11-2011 06:45 PM
mr4speed Here are a few more
06-11-2011 06:42 PM
mr4speed Here are some pics of the cad and one of the 55 chevy
06-11-2011 02:13 PM
bighotroddin Checked out the website definitly worth getting some. I am about a 1/2 from Milwaukee but will call the company to see if anyone one carries it.
06-11-2011 08:52 AM
swvalcon
bighotroddin

If your on the west side of wi there's a guy in mn that ships to you. Name is auto parts city.
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