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Body & Paint Techs - Help??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 1986Blazer, Oct 16, 2001.

  1. 1986Blazer

    1986Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    If money was not a factor.....what would be the best paint to use on a vehicle. I have heard Imron is great but is known to peel off if a bubble appears. I am looking for the hardest (maybe an epoxy based paint) but do not want to pay $500 for a pint and I also want to be able to do the paint work myself without needing a biohazard suit during the process.

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  2. ftn96

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    "MOST" of the newer paints are pretty safe. But they still recommend a suit. But I only were a suit and inline air if its Poly-urethane.
    The epoxy paints are generally a really hard paint. And can stand up to some decent contact. However, on the reverse side of that, sometimes its so hard that when the body flexes a bit the paint will crack cause its so hard.
    My dad always used Imron when he was painting 18 wheelers as it was more resistant to the chipping in reguards to road pebels and bugs and so forth, but it was know to be a little on the hazardous to the health side. But again that was 20 or so years ago. Things are a bit safer now.
    A good enamal paint will give you a good durable coat thats not too hard. Its a little more finiqy &lt;spell? than laquer.
    Hell my son at 7 can shoot laquer.
    I mean are you painting this thing for show or wheelin?
    Just go get you soem rattle cans and keep a spare for touch ups? [​IMG]
    While none of this info had any direct technical info, I hope some of it may have given you soem more help or ideas. The may be someone on here that does this for a living that can give you some more insite. Most of my info is from trial and error and on-looking type learning. Most of the paiting I have doen has been on F-14 fighter jets and looks wasn't much of a factor on top of it was near impossible to get any paint to stick to something that has fual and hydraulic fluid leaking all over the place, even after the thing was purged adn sat for a week. [​IMG]

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  3. 1986Blazer

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    I'm looking for a paint to work with a garage makeshift paint booth. I also hear that Imron is good but hazadardous. Enamel I guess would be fine. I may use something else but I am looking for something that can be done in the garage, with basic air tools that does not require special handling.

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    So I says to him, I said, "get your own monkey."
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  4. ftn96

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    In that case laquer would be your best bet. Its drys to the touch in about an hour depending on the temp adn the humidity.

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    A friend of mine painted an small airplane once and said that the paint he used was extremely tough. Maybe someone who has used this paint before knows more about it could shed some light on this (hint, hint ftn96).
     
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    We used epoxy, then started converting over to poly-urethane toward the end of 1995.

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