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Old 04-22-2010, 03:38 PM
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summit paint

Has anybody tried the summit racing brand paint

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Old 04-22-2010, 04:31 PM
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FWIW it's kirker brand relabeled .. seemingly good paint but I have never used it
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I tried it. The paint is pretty decent, especially considering the price. I would use it again, provided there was a clear coat available from a different manufacturer that would be compatible with the paint.

The clear coat is awful. I'm a shadetree painter, so I can't recommend any that would work with summit paint. The only other clear coat I've ever used was a Martin Senour product and it worked very nicely.

If you decide on a metallic color, be prepared to scrape the metal off the bottom and stir and stir and stir some more. Our local hardware store closed permanently, otherwise I'd have taken it straight there and had them shake it around a bit in their paint can shaking machine.
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Hey MATT, do you know for sure that the summit paint is Kirker? The reason I ask is I bought some epoxy primer from Kirker and asked them that very question, they said "no"....I understand they may be less than forthright due to any agreement they have with Summit. BTW, the Kirker epoxy worked great for a first time painter like myself; the areas I accidentally got the pattern, speed and distance from surface right turned out great. Anyway just wondering if you actually confirmed about Summit paint supplied by Kirker,
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i have heard from a source at kirker that they sell to summit. They guy I heard it from is the main guy there at kirker.
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I'd like to consider using their Epoxy. I'm not exactly poor, but if it's a decent quality epoxy that I can topcoat with a better BB/CC like PPG then I'd be inclined to save a few bucks and go with the Summit (Kirker?). I've always heard that Kirker was good for the money. Looking at prices, the Summit price is only about 5-7 dollars higher than Kirker so it's not like there is a big markup. I think basically 85-90 bucks for 2 sprayable gallons is a bargain if it's decent product. I guess plan B would be to spend an additional $60 and go with SPI that carries a great reputation.

Anyone use Summit epoxy or 2K with a higher end topcoats or is that a bad idea?
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BTw, I called Summit and talked with one of their paint people. He said that the paints in their single stage line is made by Coventry Coatings in New York. I googled it and it says they own Kirker.

He said that the paints in their 2 stage line of paints is made by another manufacturer who has requested that they not reveal their name.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:55 AM
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there are no paint techs at summitt .
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:17 AM
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why not go to your local jobber for your materials.. a local biz is supported and now there is no question as to the quality and generally they are more than helpfull
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I don't know what his job was but he's the guy they refer paint questions to. At least he knew more than the first guy I asked.

I'm not advocating their paints. I've never used them. I've just heard a lot of people speculate about who makes it and I'm just reporting what they told me in case it matters to anyone who wants to consider using it.
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If you are looking to save some money and still have a great product try these guys: www.thecoatingstore.com. I have used many of their basecoat colors and have been very pleased. The coverage is good and it sprays and handles well. I think their Kembase basecoat is even less than the summit's basecoat product. We use it almost exclusively now on overalls and for bikes because it works well and the price is right.

You can call and talk to the head chemist anytime. He's a nice guy and you can tell he has been around the automotive paint business a long time.
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Summit is here in town and the local paint guys beat there price by about $0.5o but I get the color I want. I also know its mixed fresh and not sat on the shelf for a year.
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what brand are you getting from your local guy for that price?
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Guys, it looks and sounds good to buy paint from Summit. I've bought so much other 'stuff' from Summit I think they know me by name . I wont buy my paints (or tools) from them. My undercoats come from SPI, my BC comes from a local supplier who will help me with any problems as well as pricing and my clears come from SPI and they will help as well. Yes, I do pay more for my BC (DuPont) but I can get the color I want, and if I run out, can get more within a couple hours and it will match. The owner even met me once on a Sunday morning near my home and delivered a quart.

Now, if you are painting a tractor or a ho hummer car, buy some Martin Senour from NAPA. It's decent paint too.

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what brand are you getting from your local guy for that price?
Well the pint I bought a couple weeks ago says Nason. Not sure if thats the brand or the container brand. I can find out Monday if need be and pass on thier #.

Since I'm not a paint pro I like going into thier shop and not being treated like an idiot. They have taken care of me for years too.
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