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Old 04-12-2006, 10:08 PM
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Pointers on spraying lacquer?

Hello all; I've been working on my '78 Bronco for a while and have finally gotten to the metal dash and got the paint a couple days ago. Seems it originally had lacquer applied from the factory to the dash metal structure. Since I've been reading everything about doing a b/c job on the outside and it's been like 20+ years since I've shot lacquer, I need any pointers on doing a good job on my first try.

My plan is to spray the dash with (DP50-LF)epoxy, (it's bare metal now), do any straightneing required with as little bondo as possible, then finally shoot it with a sealer coat of epoxy, then lay on probably 4 coats of lacquer with about 10 minutes between coats.

Does this sound like a good plan? The lacquer is a semi-gloss so there will be no clear shot over the base coats. Oh, this is PPG's DDL Duracryl product I'll be shooting.

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Pointers on spraying laquer?

Epoxy primer is hell to feather unless it sets up for a long while, so you can save a lot of feathering by using a filler designed to bond to bare steel. We use a lot of Z-grip filler, and have no problem blending into steel. Use a spot primer to take care of the scratches in the mud, and seal with the epoxy. Unless your a river rat like myself, it probably won't see a lot of moisture, anyhow.
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I wouldnt put lacquer on my dog house,but hey ........what do I know.
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I suppose the best tip I have on spraying lacquer is-

Don't!

But if you insist, just put on plenty of coats, because it dries thin. Use a high quality slow thinner or it won't lay down right. Don't expect it to look good.
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"Don't expect it to look good."

Lacquer was used for many years, and there were and still are alot of good looking lacquer paint jobs out there. Now days, in all reality, there is no reason to spray that stuff. You WILL NEED to sand and buff the whole project to get a smooth, shinny finish. The BC/CC systems out now are much more user friendly. If you have sprayed lacquer in the past, the base coat will basically spray the same. If you every sprayed lacquer clear, the clear coat, (as long as it is a quality product) will be easier to control.

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Thanks for all the replies. I guess I'll just prep and shoot like I remember way back when, but use modern substrate coats then lay on the lacquer. Keep in mind, this is only going on the metal structure of the dash and is the original color as spec'd by Ford. It is not supposed to be shiny due to the obvious problems with sunlight glaring off the dash while driving. So with that in mind, I don't expect I need to shoot a few coats of clear over the top as that would seem to negate the added expense I paid for the flatener.

I still plan on using BC/CC on the exterior, but the jobber said that most manufactureres used lacquer on the interior due to rapid curing and lack of long "off-gassing" with AE products. I guess I'll find out for myself.

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SEM has always had what I need for interior color... ...
No fuss or gamble ...

http://www.sem.ws/product.php?product_id=242
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