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Subject: Base Coat - Clear Coat Painting

Original Message
Name: Bryan Shook
Date: January 14, 1998 at 12:41:06
Subject: Base Coat - Clear Coat Painting
I have a 1972 El Camino with the original factory laquer paint on it. I would like to know the pros and cons to using a base coat - clear coat finish as supposed to a laguer finish. Do I have to strip the old paint & primer totally off. What are the steps in painting a base coat - clear coat finish. The car will be a daily driver and will have to set outside in the summer. I live in Pa. so it will be stored in the winter. I would also like to use either PPG, or Dupont, witch is better?

Bryan Shook

Response Number 1
Name: bryan
Date: January 14, 1998 at 12:46:27
Subject: Base Coat - Clear Coat Painting
Use a base clear paint. Laquer is now where near as durable. It usually cracks ecspecially when exposed to sun for a long time. Plus, your original color can be made as a base clear paint. Also, the finish will be alot brighter and "deeper" with a bas clear.
Is your paint cracked at all? If so, it would be best to just strip it down to bare and start fresh.

Response Number 2
Name: Ken
Date: January 15, 1998 at 10:40:09
Subject: Base Coat - Clear Coat Painting
My local supplier has informed me that Laquer will soon be phased out, because of environmental issues. I haven't heard of this from any other source, so I don't know if this is true. However you have many options depending on your pocketbook, and the amount of time you want to invest. The quickest approach is to wet sand / primer, and paint with enamel then clear coat (This would be a good choice for painting your neighbors car). The next best approach is to buy the slightly more expensive croma-base paint. With this approach you need to prepare the finish, apply the croma-primer, croma-base-coat, then finish with a croma-clear coat (this type of paint is found on many newer cars). Another approach would be to primer, add laquer base coat, and then top with laquer clear. However be prepared for an extensive amount of rub-out using the laquer paints (however results are well worth it, and mistakes can be hidden well).
For a custom quality, and durable paint jog, the surface should be stripped, acid etched, sealed, reworked mannnnny times, followed by the base coat / clear coat. After the clear coat dries, wet sand with a fine grit paper. The last process (wet sand / clear coat) might need to be repeated several times.
All the above processes can be completed without the use of a clear coat, and the results will still be good. But as the previous response indicated, the clear coat will add depth to the paint.
Both Dupont and PPG offer fine quality paints. You will find both on custom style cars.
Hope this narrows yours choices down.

Response Number 3
Name: Bruce
Date: January 15, 1998 at 17:24:27
Subject: Base Coat - Clear Coat Painting
Remove the old finish entirely before going through all the time and expense of a new finish. Ken's process will give you a great paint job, but expect to do a lot of work to get there.
Both paint brands have good access to the older colors and the local jobber can make it into basecoat. Expect to spend in excess of $400.00 for all the products mentioned above, not including sandpaper, tape and masking paper. All paint products are hazardous to your health (DEADLY STUFF) and the environment and require you use respirators and other protective equipment while you use them. If you are not prepared to do it safely, PAY a body shop to do it for you!

Lacquer is being retired for enviromental reasons soon, besides not being worth a S--- anymore.

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