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Old 05-25-2006, 05:33 AM
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Paint question for the experts

Barry, MartinSr, or one of the other painters......As you know I am currently painting my truck Prowler Orange. The truck was primed in a buff color primer and sealed in the same shade. Now here is the question. If the paint does not cover the buff sealer it would also not cover a grey sealer. Correct? The reason I ask is that this paint (DuPont Chromabase) does not seem to cover. The jobber where I purchased the paint seems to think it is due to the fact that the value shade should be grey and not yellow. I say it is because of all of the pearls in the paint and 2 long time painters said that they have never seen a paint do this and that this is one of the hardest paints they have seen to cover. Even when we shot the inner fenders, hood, back of the cab, and jambs, when we were cutting in, it took 4 coats to get adequate color coverage. And at that you have to pay extra close attention to the edges because if you don't hit them with an extra squirt or two, the paint is tranparent. Now here is the kicker. 2 quarts of paint for jambing in. it will be 5 additional quarts on the truck when done, and an additional 1 quart for the roll pan, filler panel, mirrors, and a few other misc. items. Well let me put it this way. I am buying an additional 2 quarts but might possibly have one left over. I would rather have too much than not enough with the weekend coming up. This paint does not call out for a base coat of any thing other than the jobber recommends the grey sealer as I stated. And like I stated, I think it would not cover either way unless the grey is more forgiving with transparent paint. Either way it is too late to turn around now as we are finishing it up today. What is nice though is when it does get adequate coverage, the paint over the yellow really makes the orange pop out. We had a part that was grey that we painted ( bowtie fro the grille) and the paint over the grey make the paint way too dark and not very eye catching. That and it seems about two shades darker than if it was over the yellow. So any ideas as to what it may be, or if it is just "one of those paint" or if something could have been done different. And like I also stated....two painters that has done this for a number of years has not experienced anything like this. I don't much so mind the amount of paint.....it's the amount of money the paint cost that puts a squeeze on the old wallet. So let this be a warning also to anyone that decides to paint their ride Prowler Orange. Twices as much as regular paint in cost and materials

Thanks guys,
Kevin
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