<VV> Bad paint product warning

Grant Young gyoungwolf at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 12 08:48:20 EDT 2013

I thought I would share a recent experience with a bad product to possibly save some of you some money and grief. I have been using Eastwoods' carburetor paint for over 10 years with good results. I have to do some special things to make it work and look right and improve its longevity, but it has been of consistent quality and gave pretty good results. Recently, however, they started supplying an "improved" series II product, that has turned out to be "junk" to put it in technical jargon. Their aluminum paint is gray now. When I explained this to them, the response I got was that it "looks correct from ten feet away". This was not a killer issue as I was able to find a good aluminum colored engine paint substitute at the LAPS. The bigger problem is their bronze or gold color for the tops. While the color is still okay (a little lighter than the old stuff), I have not been able to get it to spray more than 2-3 seconds without plugging. After much frustrating research, I have determined that it is a problem with the solids in the paint. It is not the nozzle that plugs, but the area in the can where the nozzle pushes it down to allow the paint to exit. When I have been lucky enough to get 5-10 seconds of spray by cleaning and re-cleaning, it starts coming out in particle form, leaving a rough, sandpaper-like finish. They do not a have a solution, other than a replacement with the same or a refund. I am now having to send all my carb tops out for re-plating with the dichromate finish, as I have not been able to find an acceptable substitute on the market. So, in short, I suggest you don't waste you time and money (the stuff is ridiculously expensive) with the Eastwoods carb paint.
The Carbmeister

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