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Old 09-16-2018, 08:29 AM   #1
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I am going to paint my roadster and looking for paint advice. I bought TCP acrylic lacquer in Andalusite Blue and painted the dash. This was my first time with lacquer and it seems like it wont be very durable. I am now thinking of using acrylic enamel instead, I would like to stay away from urethane. Any advice on paint types or brands would be appreciated.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:25 AM   #2
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acrylic enamel in my exp chips terribly but will deal with sunlight ok.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:52 AM   #3
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Good question. Looking to see other's opinions. At least, it appears you're considering a single stage paint which has the color all the way thru, no clear top coat. Acrylic enamel may need a spray booth or good dust free area because it cures slower than acry. lacquer. Also, in many states, one can't buy lacquer or acry. enamel. I've used TCP's restoration line with OK results, but get extra paint for touch up, etc. I've used acry enamel for wheels, which can be touched up and blended easily with an air brush.

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Old 09-16-2018, 10:14 AM   #4
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Lacquer is very hard and brittle, anything without a hardener is more easily chipped.
Any paint with a hardener is slow to dry and has to be done in a clean environment and you need to wear the proper protection. And you have to know what you're doing when spraying, it's a fine line between a nice gloss and a run.

What's underneath the paint is as important as the paint...
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:56 AM   #5
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What is it about acrylic lacquer that you feel makes it not very durable? It was used on cars for years. Certainly not as durable as the modern paints, but plenty durable enough for our relatively lightly used and garaged As. It goes on easily and is very forgiving if you make some errors in the application or get dust/bugs in it.

What is it about urethane that makes you want to stay away from it?

Asking for advice on paint types and brands is like asking for advice on which oil to use.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:10 AM   #6
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I have had PPG regenerate the laquer formulas for andalusite blue etc. In 2K. Perfect job they did. I still have the formulas available for anybody interested.

By the way, andalusite blue is exactly like Mercedes Midnight Blue. Germans are like Japanese were in the old days ... Copy everything !
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:21 PM   #7
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I just attended Ken Ehrenhofer's paint seminar at Gilmore last week. Lacquer is hard to get, is brittle and doesn't have as much UV protection, according to him.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:16 AM   #8
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The reason I am a little skeptical is how easy it chipped in a couple spots.
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:00 AM   #9
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My 190A was painted using DuPont's Nason single stage urethane. Urethane over an epoxy primer is perhaps the most durable paint on the planet.


Once cured, the urethane has a wet look shine and very little orange peel, so it does not need color sanding.

I think Ford's colors are not something I would spend thousands of dollars for, so I did it my way. Please don't criticize my color choices.


Tips:
> Forget about using a clear coat because it scratches easily and complicates touch-ups;
> Paint the lower body color first, so that all upper body color seams point downward;
> Test fit all of the body panels to assure there is no need to do fitting after the paint is applied. This is especially true of the fenders and running board aprons.
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