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Old 07-31-2008, 08:00 AM
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what type of paint for frames and suspension?

what type of paint is good for frames and suspension parts? i will use black epoxy and then top coat it but i dont know with type other than it will be single stage. i want something with gloss that will hold up, also how much will be needed? its a short box truck and i want to paint the frame and the control arms and rearend, and maybe the bottom of the cab and box too, thanks

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Some day I'm going to try some of this "Aluthane" stuff to see if the guy's just 'blowing smoke'. That kind of experiment will be on a beater truck, though.

Based on what I've read here I'll be using some enamel with hardener over epoxy for the frame I want to look good for a long time. I'm sure you'll get some advice from someone here who actually has a clue, though.
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2 wet coats of epoxy primer and I use SEM Rust Shield as a top coat..2 coats of that...and order the activator with it..Get a gallon and quart of activator as painting a chassis and all the pieces takes an amazing amount of paint..

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Check into por15, its glossy and durable
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Check into por15, its glossy and durable
If you check the threads with that stuff discussed, you will find that none of the professional painters here will advise the use of that product. That should tell you something!

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My frame is actually coated with eastwoods rust encapsulator. It seems to be holding up OK as far as rust (I did not do it), but it definitely needs to be topcaoted with something (maybe SS).

It is that horrible red primer color. Looks really dull and getting worse (no UV protection). The suspension, underside of everything (including drivetrain and exhaust) is coated with it.

The exhaust that was painted with it is burning off of course.

This is a pic of when I first brought it home. It is a lot duller now.





I plan on using SPIs bedliner on the underside of the entire body eventually.

I am just now starting on the body work. I am a total amateur.
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i have a bunch of POR 15 but i am kinda scared of using it now because i hear alot of people have it peel off a few years later or chip and get the rust to spread under it. I have my truck striped down except the cab is still on the frame so i am thinking of renting a big compressor and sand blasting it now, i just dont want to have gone through all this work and it only last a few years, from what i have used of POR 15, i do like it, i am just worried of it coming off down the road, i think epoxy and a ss black over top is what i will do.
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zero rust, is a great product better than POR15 IMO
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I tried "Endura" which is a 2K Urethane.
Goes on glossy, is available in a multitude of colors, and is supposed to be hard as nails. Almost legendary stuff in these parts,

They paint tractor-trailer units, drilling rigs, etc with it here in Alberta (where they are headquartered)

I guess I should add the disclaimer that this truck hasn't left the garage yet, so I can't offer up any "personal experiences" regarding durability yet.
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That is not bright enough.

I am having trouble seeing the suspension parts.
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What can I say, Brian ... I'm a partsman. That's the way it looked in the "ez-finder" sales guide.
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My vote, powder coat.

These are now on my '74 C-10. Did 'em myself.

I could have painted them, but I already had the equipment. Powder vs. paint, the actual powder is cheaper. Equipment, well...is a little more.

Results are nice, but hard to exactly match a 'paint' color.
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pics look great guys, what is the cost of a gallon of the undura?
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