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Old 02-07-2004, 09:02 PM
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Why not cheap paint?

When i went to paint the inner fender wells, radiator support exct. I went to Lowes Home improvement center. There they have Rustolium Enemal paint for only $7 a quart. I went home thinned it out with mineral spirits, sprayed it. Looks great, good shine, no chipping, and it sprayed good in my semi cheapo ingersolrand spray gun. My question is, why is enamel paint for a quart 50+ dollars and urethane paint 80+ dollars per quart, How much better is this stuff?? Why wouldnt this cheap Rustolium enamel work on the outside of the car two? I mean i dont care for a show quality just decent. And for things such as The inner fender wells and the floorboards inside the car, why dont people use this $7 a quart paint?

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Because the higher priced paints are formulated to last in the elements. Most things painted with rustoleum are sitting in the garden, or on the porch, or out in the yard and do not see the dust, road grime, salt, etc. If Rustoleum was formulated to be an automotive paint then they would sell it as such. It's fine to use if that is what you want to do, but it is as different as an Earl Scheib paint job vs. a professional paint job. It just won't last as long.

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You can buy house pant for about 2 times that for a gallon. It will also spray good and if you get the gloss, shine. It is not made for that purpose, although I have seen a few cars painted with it.

There are some things that you alter for different uses. Paint isn't one of them as far as my cars are concerned.
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I dont think there is anything wrong with painting inner fenders and such with the cheap stuff for a daily driver or fixer upper. If it is something you plan on keeping a long time or is a show car, the good paint will last longer and look better longer. I have used $25 gallon equipment enamel in the past and it seems to last very good. It is just a step up from the rustoleum, but it is still not catalyzed.

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HEY MR: If you live in an area where there is a farm implement store they carry paint that farmers use to paint their equipment. It has a good solids base and is not too expensive and is designed for metal use that sits outdoors, it is better quality than Rustoleum....DAVE
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