<VV> Paint opinions
r.gault at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 5 22:36:08 EST 2007
I'm a garage painter. I've painted a car every 5 years or so for the last
40 years. That doesn't make me an expert painter, but it does make me an
expert on painting with little experience and rusty technique. ;-) Biggest
problem for an occasional painter is staying in the sweet spot between
orange peel and runs.
Lacquer - Don't. It doesn't hold up well. It's easy to paint, but hard to
paint smoothly, so you end up sanding and buffing forever.
Classic Enamel - Don't. Either rough or running - too little sweet spot.
Hard to fix problems later. Dries slow - bug magnet.
Acrylic Enamel - Haven't tried it. Watched my father screw up a Piper
Comanche beyond reasonable repair with it.
Base Coat / Clear Coat Urethane - Great stuff. Base goes on easily like
lacquer. Clear is much like enamel, but can be fixed easily. Get a fast
clear. You can probably get a good "ten foot paintjob" without color
sanding and buffing. If you're picky, you can sand and buff. This stuff is
indestructible. I never wax my cars and they look as good as they did when
I painted them. Bet it's more cone proof than the other paints.
My last job can be seen at www.rbgault.com
PS: Yeah, the Urethanes are carcinogenic (well, actually they all are, but
Urethane is worse). Frankly, I paint with an organic vapor mask in a well
ventilated garage, or once completely outside. If you're not that
adventurous, buy a used respirator suit off e-bay (<$400) and sell it back
when you get through.
----- Original Message -----
From: <aeroned at aol.com>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 9:51 AM
Subject: <VV> Paint opinions
> I'm working toward painting my car early next year. I'm looking for some
opinions on the type of paint I should use, lacquer versus enamel. My car is
an autocrosser/driver more than show car, but I still want it to look good.
I'm currently leaning toward a lacquer.
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