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Old 04-02-2016, 09:32 AM
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How about IMRON, I shot my kids swing set I made him over 30 years ago in metallic bright blue and silver's still in my back yard today and still is pretty bright.


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ever buff imron ?
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We are hijacking our hero's thread...

DBU is now DBC and the DRR reactive reducer is gone. Now you add DX57 when needed and use DT reducer. But yes it pretty much smells like remembered.

Lacquer is the smell that jumps out at me when I sand into a layer of 80-S or DZ-7, or Duracryl or Lucite. Yes I remember Ditzler. From age 20-25 I was a paint mixer with no less than 10 paint lines stirring. PPG, DuPont, Sikkens, Sunbelt and all variants of each. If I had a penny for every pint of Lucite I made to match a gas cap I'd still be rich. Used to mix 100 gallon lots of Imron 1 gallon at a time on 5 scales at once for KCS railroad. My paint history runs deep.

But I swear, along the way very few people have wanted SS, even back then. Acrylic urethane was new and king of quality then and still is now. I have always pushed for quality in my ventures. Thats why I cut my teeth on polyurethane on my own car. It was best. PPG's Imron equivalent.

Modern basecoat is still acrylic lacquer. I haven't heard Centari in a long time but have heard Starthane in recent times. Watch out for expired product if you mess with that stuff. AE with drier in it attacks the can after so long. End ramble
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Originally Posted by shine View Post
ever buff imron ?
Tried. How about Colar? It was a Dupont primer. OMG I shot a van with it, and started sanding it for paint about three days later, it was HARD but not as hard as when I finished sanding it a few days after that (it was the bosses so it was used for fill in time) it was sanding literally like a chrome bumper. I have never in my life sanded any product as hard as that, yeow.

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Old 04-03-2016, 10:21 AM
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i started with nitrocellulose lacquer . the enamel then had to be baked . horrible stuff. most folks dont realize lacquer was shot to be glossy back then. you had to build a paint job not just shoot a bunch on and buff . clear lacquer was used to cover the blend. bc/cc is no different than using lacquer and a clear coat.

mike, centari 5000 is still made . i have not used it in a long time. they stopped offering the urethane glamour pack at one time so i switched to straight ss urethane . if i could find the glamour pack i would use it in a heartbeat for black .
It worked out the opposite for me, I started out with centari and used nitro lacquer later on for show cars. it cant be beat as far as "the look" goes. All the very best looking black show paint I've ever seen were lacquer. Not that SS or BC/CC don't look great its just lacquer has an over the top look you cant get with the others. Unfortunately KEEPING it looking that good is way too much work for anything other than show.
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