First off, I would like to say thanks for the help Barry. I do not claim to be a bodyman, but I enjoy it and here is where I am at and what I want to do. Over the last fifteen years, I have painted my current car, a truck, a couple of boats that I have (laminated) built, cycles, snowmobiles and other things I am sure I have forgotten about. I have used Dupont lacquers, centari enamels, delstar, dbu deltron and S2 urethane. I have rubbed out many of the finishes as well as other cars, so I feel one of my strengths is color sanding and polishing. (I have professionally polished metals for years) Where this all comes into play is, my living situation (residential area ) does not allow me to paint in a garage. No such building, but somewhat in the suburbs. I do store this car about 20 miles away in a very dry and low lit building with a concrete floor, but I am unable to paint there. So throughout the years, I have always picked the best day and painted outside, nuts I know, but it has worked out pretty well.
The most recent job I did with PPG was pop red Delstar outside on a perfect fall day. I gave it a light color sand and buff with 3M 1200 & 1500 grit scratch remover (cannot remember exact name, black bottle) after painting. It has stood up and looks great. It was just the delstar with a hardener and reducer I believe. It had a couple minor imperfections (dust) but cleaned up very nicely. The reason I try and avoid clear is that my thinking and experience is that when spraying outside, the quicker you can build coats and atleast flash, the less chance for junk and rework. The problems I have had with clear is that I get the basecoat about right, but by the time I shoot the clear, I tend to find more junk and from time to time, more rework and then botched areas. I liked the speed of lacquer, but not in love with the orange peel and shrinking issues. Keeping the price down would be nice if at all possible, (say like under $600.00 for system) but atleast mid range quality is the key item. I think the delstar was on the slow side for dust free, but it was a decent quality paint and rubbed out pretty well. I have had good luck spraying DBU, but that takes a clear and the base alone was about 25% more when I checked last. I seen Delstar for about $260.00 a gallon for the color I wanted. I am thinking a gallon of epoxy primer, high build primer and basecoat should be enough. I need to paint the jambs, trunk and inside of hood.
The car is a 49 chevy with a mildly rebuilt small block, stang ifs, turbo 350, tilt column etc. Not a show car, just a clean driver is what I am looking for. I have done 100% of the work myself, and I would like to keep going that way. I get a sense of pride out of telling folx I did it all myself, by the way, I mean all by MYSELF literally. So without a helper is also a consideration here. I am open to any system or method that would fit the bill, just looking for help on this one.
One last item on this long winded post. I have been hearing about the new DP not having the holding power it used to, so any recommendations on base primer/sealer would be appreciated. I have started to strip the old finish at this time, and I was planning on going to an epoxy, high build primer, block sand and shoot. Once again, thanx for the help.