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Old 01-12-2003, 11:55 AM
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I am a stubborn redneck who is going to try to paint my 23 t-bucket myself. If I use a base coat/clear coat system does it have to be buffed out? Base coat and clear buffed? How about the single coat system like Nason by DuPont? Does it need buffing? I have thought of using a single coat system for the frame and suspension, to avoid buffing all those weird shaped pieces. Is this OK? Then use a BC/CC system on the body where it would be easier to buff out.
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Old 01-12-2003, 12:14 PM
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Mrfixmaster no paint job NEEDS buffing, buffing is a choice. Buffing the paint just will enhance the shine and smoothness of the paint. If you layed down a slick coat of paint with little or no mishaps or serface irregularities you don't buff. As for the single stage for your frame and susp. I highly recomend NOT doing it. Using a single stage on your frame and susp. will not hold up to the road debree and you will end up being very unhappy in a short time. Get your frame and susp. powdercoated or coated with a good polyurethane or acrylic urethane enamel. Use a product like POR-15 black coat chassis coat or one of their hardnose paints, its a polyurethane finish and will take almost anything you can throw at it. As for the body use a good BC/CC. Prep the body, clean it with a cleaner like prep-sol and lay your base coat down let it tack dry for 10-15 minutes untill its dry to the touch. you can use 400-600 grit to smooth away any runs or mistakes you may have if its a non metallic color. Then clear with one or two cots of clear, or as many as is desired. Let cure in a warm place (65+f) (the colder the tempreture the faster your hardner will need to be) After it has cured you can buff if you choose to with 3M's finishing/polishing compound. You can find a full how to in the Knowledge base.

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Thanks HK I thought about the POR for the frame, but wanted to paint it a "Patriot Blue Metllic". If I am ead set on that color, which is the best paint system?


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Old 01-12-2003, 04:25 PM
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If your dead set on that color I'd get an acrylic urethane from PPG and shoot it. Or you could still get it powder coated. Powder coatng is available in metallics.

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Definately do the body in a BC/CC system , and just like Halloweenking says , it does not HAVE to be buffed , but if you are inexperienced at applying paint and do not get the 'wet look' when you are done you can go back over the clear , wetsand it and give it a good polish to make it shine . As far as the frame and suspension , I would look at powder coating .
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Don't know of a good CHEAP powder coater in the Providence RI area do you???
Figure powder is out of my budget. Thanks for the tip on the acrylic urethane though. My buddy has an HVLP set up at work he can borrow. Am I screwing up big time trying to use it? or am I better off sticking to my old Sears squirter?

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