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Old 01-02-2007, 11:08 AM
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paint over laquer ?

I've been told by everyone that you cannot put basecoat-clearcoat over lacquer.Can acrylic enamel go over laquer? If not why,what would happen?As you all can tell I'm trying to get away from stripping down to bare metal.My car is a crusier not a trailer queen,or strictly show.I wouldn't even consider painting it but,it has lots of nicks&I think maybe the hood&cowl was repainted some time after the car was built because it is shiner and has more metallic in it.The car needs no body work no rust and panels are straight,everything is metal,except the fenders are fiberglass.

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you could use a 2 stage finish as long as you do the prep work. a good primer/ sealer over the laquer will make it doable for what you are wanting
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sorry but one the other hand just stick with the single stage and shoot right over what you already have
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so your saying not to use 2 stage,right? If I use a single stage like acrilic enamel should I prime it first and if so what kind of primer?
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yeah single stage it..... its alot easier to maintian in my eyes for a car thats a driver and not a trailer rider.... scartches can be rubbed out and what not...... its easy for someone with little experience to shoot and imperfections in the final out come can be easily fixed. i dont see why you will have to prime it unless the surface being painted requires it.
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THANKS I appreciate all advice of course everybody tells me something else.Someone told me if I paint over the lacquer in a couple years it will crack all over. Ever hear of anything like that?
Gary
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Your first question about if you can paint over lacquer. The answer is yes you can. The fact is that you can paint over anything! There is a chance that you may have problems if you do. You can have lifting when you spray the base, as the solvents can attack the lacquer, since lacquer is solvent sensitive. That is why you can verify that it is lacquer with a rag of thinner. Lacquer is also a very poor foundation for any repaint. That means that you may be fine immediatly after painting, and have problems show up later. You could seal it with epoxy primer as a sealer, and it may reduce the chance of immediate problems, but the foundation is still there.

If I was going thru the expense and time to repaint a car, unless I was planning on ulnoading it right away, I would strip it of that lacquer.

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