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Old 07-09-2005, 03:26 PM
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Next best thing to SPI paints??

First of all, thanks to all the guys who replied to my question in the "Recommended paint for 1st Project" thread. I thought I'd ask another question in another thread and not beat that one to death.

I'm a little leery of mail ordering paints, supplies or anything for that matter (If I can even get it shipped to my area) Too bad as, SPI sounds really great and affordable. My question now is; what would be the next best thing that may be available at a local shop? I think I can get PPG, Sherwin Williams, Du Pont and Sikkens just to name a few.

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Old 07-09-2005, 03:44 PM
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Well Theres Is No Need To Be Leery , But I Understand, But I Would Advise You On Tring The Epoxy Primers, High Build Primers Or The 3 To 1 Hs Clear With Slow Activator, Man , Any Of These 3 Item Just Try One , Youll Be Hooked I Love The Clear, The Best Ive Ever Shot,and I Paint For A Living Have Been For Yaers Tryed Them All This Is The Best, Hope This May Ease Your Pain A Little, Mike.
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Old 07-09-2005, 04:30 PM
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I have yet to refer one person who regreted using SPI... I use it myself and have switched my little shop over to his product line.. It is very affordable and works like a charm, plus it is Barry's stuff and after getting to know him personally I would buy his product off his personality alone.... at least once.....

You will find someone on here or at any local shop that will love one brand and dislike the other, while some other shop will love and hate the exact opposite.... It is really what you become accustomed to IMO, they all make good products for the most part, some better than others...

Go with the SPI, if you dont like it I am sure someone here will buy it from you, discounted of course!!
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SPI and Barry are first rate, have no fear of ordering from them.

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Old 07-09-2005, 09:33 PM
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have to agree with all these guys. except for color, everyhting in my shop is spi. been using it for around 2 years now. i personally use the high build and epoxy primer and the universal clear. off the top of my head i burn through about 35 sprayable gallons of clear per year and have never had any problems with any of it. nothing has ever come back and when i look at some of the customers stuff a year or two later it looks as good as the day i buffed it out. the people at the warehouse are great and ship fast. call them, tell them what you want and its at your door in a few days. simple as that!!! as long as barry keeps making the stuff then there is no reason to go pay the crazy prices from a local jobber for the big name brands and in turn get a product thats not as good.
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Old 07-09-2005, 10:16 PM
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Thanks guys. The mail order thing isn't a matter of mistrust towards SPI at all, rather a concern over the general mail ordering thing and concerns in shipping to my area. (Ontario, Canada) If I get the wrong thing I just cant drive down the street and get it figured out. I guess by now you can tell I've never mail orderd before? The credit card / internet thing also makes me wiggy.

Also, does SPI have base colors? or just primers and clears?
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Old 07-09-2005, 10:25 PM
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spi has 5 base colors currently available. black, 1 blue and 3 reds. barry is working on others. your right on one thing..... you wont be able to drive down the street if you have questions or problems. you dont need to. you can either turn on your computer and come here or just call barry himself. in fact why dont you just call him first, tell him what your doing and he'll be able to recommend everything you'll need same way a local jobber would.
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spi has 5 base colors currently available. black, 1 blue and 3 reds. barry is working on others. your right on one thing..... you wont be able to drive down the street if you have questions or problems. you dont need to. you can either turn on your computer and come here or just call barry himself. in fact why dont you just call him first, tell him what your doing and he'll be able to recommend everything you'll need same way a local jobber would.
EXCEPT..... Barry knows what he is talking about. Many of the people at the jobbers are only guessing.
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Old 07-10-2005, 05:44 AM
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When you buy SPI products you are not giving your credit card number over the internet. You are talking to a live person at Baker P.B.E. Warehouse, Inc. established in 1959. Talk to Terry 800-476-3006 he can tell you if there will be a problem shipping it to you. I started using SPI products in Oct 2004 and have never had anything wrong with my order or SPI products. Buy the black epoxy you will not believe how great it sprays and looks. I use the HS3000 clear and never have a problem. I'm painting a 52 Chevy PU right now using SPI from start to finish with SPI Viper red. $175 per gallon would be $300 - $400+ gallon with a name brand. You will cut your cost almost in half by using SPI products. If you have a question Barry will get right back to you. I buy most of my supplies from Bakers. Order 1 day have it the next.
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Old 07-10-2005, 08:11 AM
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Looks like I'll be getting in touch with them.....I'd likely be foolish not to.

Thanks again fellas.

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Why not mail order SPI ?

You wont regret it. Ive used there epoxy primer (excellent) and there 2 k primer- surfacer I wish they had a ss topcoat line. ppg prices are getting ridicoulous. mike
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Looks like I'll be getting in touch with them.....I'd likely be foolish not to.

Thanks again fellas.

Gear
Getting it into canada can be interesting. I got mine in, and can tell you the best way to do it.

Also, expect to pay an extra 60$ plus 7% GST at the border. You can have it transfered into bond (customs keeps it and you pick it up and pay duty) so that you can save with the customs process.

You won't be charged any duty (other than GST) and the 60$ was a hidden charge with the canadian transport company... they still won't tell me why the charged it. My shipping (to Calgary) was 120$USD.... but mine went through niagra falls for some reason, so I assume yours would be cheaper. Not much but cheaper.

Pop me a u2u if you have any other questions.
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I can't speak for canadian shipping but when SPI shipped mine they taped the screw on lids and put small shipping clamps on the gallon cans. Good thing because the shipper beat the heck out of the cans. Not a drop spilled. This is one satisfied old man.
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