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Old 04-02-2009, 11:25 AM
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will I need 2 gallons of ss

I tried to search? didnt really find what I needed. So...do I need 2 gallons of black urethane single stage to completely paint a pickup? thanks

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Probably, if you're gonna paint everything, jambs and unerside hood, etc.
Thing is, you'll definetly need more than a gallon and most brands price it
to where 3 qts is the same as a gallon.
You'll need more than a gallon, and should want a qt left over for future
repairs, so I'd figure 6 qts to paint it, and 1 qt to save (7 qts)
which should price out the same as 2 gallons.
Check your brands pricing and see.
Also it's better to plan on the high side, in case of mistakes and redo's.
A little extra left over, well,
everyone can use a some black single stage once in a while.

If you still want to buy less, buy a gallon and paint the bed,
since it's seperate anyway.
Once done you could easier estimate how much more you need for
the rest

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It all depends on your prep. Is the truck blowed apart or all togethet and just looking for something to clean it up a little? If the bed is still on, doors still on, etc....then 6 quarts would be more than adequate. But if it is blowed apart and you are going to paint inside the bed, jamb it all out, underhood, etc. then I would go with 2 gallons and have a quart or so left.
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I am surprised nobody asked what the mix ratio was for the ss you are using.

I would say that if you are not going to color sand, you just need 2 good coats. And you should be able to do that with 8 sprayable quarts for a full-size pickup. Spraying the inside of the bed too? Probably a little more then.

If you are using a 4:1:1 ss, then you will need 2 gallons for sure.

You might get by with a gallon if you are using a something like a 1:1:1 or a 2:1:2 ratio.
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I'm pretty sure the mix is 4-1-1 for 1 1/2 sprayable per. Will be painting a paintless pickup with economy urethane and not a custom of any sort. The cost difference between auto enamal is way too small to ever justify using it.
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