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Old 03-21-2012, 08:28 PM
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Hey guys I was at the body shop today and the owner was spraying some new paint, Pro Spray. The factory rep was there giving tips to him, trying to get him to use only their product. I asked him if he ever heard of SPI and he said "no there's a bunch of small companies out there selling clear". I said SPI is recomended on hottrodder.com. I told him they use it on $30,000 street rods and classic cars and it looks great. He said that's because those cars are all kept in a garage and don't see the real world, if it was outside it wouldn't hold up. Is he full of BS or not? By the way my friend liked his base coat but his clear didn't impress him. I went back late in the day and it didn't look as good as my amature job with SPI.

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I use it on boats and I am sure there are many painters on here who use it on their best work and I have never heard any issues with any SPI product holding up in service..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Imagine that...a factory rep who says everything sucks but his product!
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I've used a bunch of different cheap clears over the years
for my collision repairs on daily drivers,
I haven't seen any that "don't hold up"
SPI is probably the highest grade I've used, had their clear on my
daily driver that I just sold, painted it with their "universal clear"
5 yrs ago and it still looks as good as when I first painted it.
Drove that car everyday and never waxed it.
Still got compliments on it up till I sold it.
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i use Pro-spray every day(base)at my Bodyshop.

use everything thing else SPI.

hopefully its not the same Pro-spray rep i got when i first started using Pro-spray.

wont name names but i didnt care for him at all.

he basically cut down Spi and well that is his job i guess.

my Jobber gave me a kit of Pro-spray clear(7000 and a kit of 8000) i used both and will never ever use them again.didnt care for it at all.

i have been using SPI clear on all my Production work for a few years and i get to see my work all the time(small town) it is holding up perfectly and will out last the best of the other Companies Products Hands Down IMO!.

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Old 03-22-2012, 07:12 AM
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never ever listen to a paint rep . i dont allow the clowns in my shop. this is a typical response from a paint rep about a product he knows nothing about. sounds like some of the trolls who have come through here over the years. but i do wish this one would visit my shop

and this is the biggest problem with prospray. great product owned by a company that knows nothing about paint with paint reps that know even less. don't waste time calling their tech line .

sorry brian maybe not all of them .....
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I know of 1 Pro Spray dealer that won't shoot anything but SPI clears on his work.

I asked why he doesnt use ProSPray clear, its not near as good was the answer.
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Most paint reps never held a spray gun in their hand, let alone know products that they sell.
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sorry brian maybe not all of them .....
Thanks Shine, it wasn't looking good for me. But honestly, a good salesmen of any product NEVER knocks the competition, that is the basic no-no in sales 101.

If there was one thing I learned as a rep it is very simply that ALL products "work" there are body shops all over who use them, and they put out a good product just like what I was selling. Then there are shops all over who have nothing but trouble with ALL products just like the one I was selling.

I never sold my product as better than what the other guy had, I simply taught them what types of products they should be using and provided that product. The other rep could have went in and done the same thing but they didn't, so I did.

I had a big trucking company up in Fort Bragg right on the coast for a customer. We are talking the "booth" was about 100 feet from the ocean! When I first walked in there they were sand blasting tractors and painting them with lacquer primer, sanding them and then painting them with acrylic enamel. This was in the 90's not the 60's! We are talking back hoes and stuff like that, can you imagine sanding the primer on one of these things! The Dupont Rep never taught them anything, the store was more than happy to just sell them products. I went in there and taught them about epoxy primer and urethane SS and that was all it took, I got the business. Dupont could have done the exact same thing if they had cared.

I had painted for almost 20 years when I got that job and I learned a TON about the stuff we use every day in this business. I am very thankful I was a rep for those few years.


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On my '31 everything but the rear fenders was cleared with SPI. Those were done with DuPont 'cause I had to use it or lose it. Guess which ones are starting to fade and may need to be scuffed and reshot with -- SPI -- if I can't bring them back with a good buff and polish.
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