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Old 09-10-2012, 02:28 AM
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Whats most cost effective in primer?

The state that my 59 rambler sits in currently, the front end is in black primer and there is some that was started on the drivers door (all done before I recived the car), there are panels where sanding has been done down to the metal. So before winter gets here I need to at least prime the rest of the car. What is the most cost effective manner to prime out the rest of the car? Rattle can, or something else. and if I go rattle can is the cheapest walmart primer ok or do I need to go with something else. Right now the exterior of the car is not my priority other than getting it one color minus fins and roof which will stay white.

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By far the best primer for long term storage is either epoxy based primer or at a bare minimum 2K primer. Under no circumstances should you use rattle can primer, if you do it will all have to come off before you apply a quality primer. When you get down to it rattle can primer is not really that cheap. Sure it may seem cheap at a couple of bucks a can but the work involved to remove it will make you think twice about using it again.

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Ok Vince, got some links to exactly what I should use? I know much of it will have to come off because I'm not doing any body work at this time, just sanding surface rust and spraying over to cover for the winter, paint and exterior body will be next year.
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If you dont plan to drive the car this winter will it be inside storeage or outside? If inside and you plan to leave the car as is and not strip the paint I would use a thin coat of epoxy on it.And mainly where you have the bondo and any bare metal, the paint should be fine. If you plan to strip to bare matal give it a least two good heavy coats of epoxy.Same if its to set outside in the weather.
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Epoxy primer is most cost effective when you consider your labor down the road..All you need to do when you get to the final paint stage is give the epoxy a good scuffing and get on with it..

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Outside in the driveway. And I need some guidance here guys, some links to actual products I might use as when I hear epoxy I think glue, or garage floor paint.
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Check the Spi paint site. Their epoxy is the best bar none. Berry from spi is on line here sometimes. Just put some on the spots that need it for now and dont try to coat the whole car untill its ready for it just a waste of material.
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Outside in the driveway. And I need some guidance here guys, some links to actual products I might use as when I hear epoxy I think glue, or garage floor paint.
http://www.southernpolyurethanes.com/

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Epoxy primer

Epoxy primer is definitely the way to go to protect the metal. If your vehicle has paint on it already, that will help to preserve it during the winter. However, any bare metal spots or places where the existing paint is noticebly thin should be covered with epoxy primer. Spray cans will end up costing you a lot more in the long run, and most of the rattle can products will actually act as a sponge and attract moisture to the vehicle, rather than repel it.

The following links will take you to the DuPont and PPG websites respectively. I am admittedly partial to PPG's DP line of epoxy primers, but I am currently working on a lower budget project and am thus far happy with the Nason line from DuPont.

<http://pc.dupont.com/dpc/en/US/html/visitor/b/dr/s/product/systems.html>

<https://buyat.ppg.com/refinishProductCatalog/ViewProductListing.aspx?BrandID=5d7b4ed7-f83a-4469-b68c-04551702a5df>

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Dennis. If you like ppg try a qt of SPI you will use nothing else.
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X2 on the SPI.
It's a great epoxy, and it stays flexible too!
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Sure SPI epoxy is the best primer but why waste any kind of primer...If I were you I would try using a paint booth coating and cover it up well to store it.When your ready to start the project the booth coating will wash off with some elboe grease and soapy water.or a pressure washer...just be sure to cover it well or the rain will wash it off sooner or later...If you choose rattle can dont go with a primer use a paint it.ll repell the moisture better and comeoff easier than primer.even at 2.00 a can it may take 20 cans or more to get a car covered
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