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Old 04-26-2018, 05:04 PM   #1
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Gentleman, I have a 1931 model A which I am attempting to restore. My question is: what is the best primer and paint to use. I have taken all the old paint off, so I will be painting on clean steel. Thank you for any help you can give me.
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Old 04-26-2018, 11:05 PM   #2
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James, where are you located? In the SF Bay area there is a real problem getting the do it yourself paints that we used. Last I could get was not really so it yourself type without making a booth and self contained hood and I had to travel over a hundred miles and pay 700 plus dollars per gallon. I would really like to hear from folks in the bay area on this subject. Where do you get material that is legal?
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Epoxy Primer and Urethane single stage were my choices from TCP.
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What Russ said but I would also add high build primer as a final coat before paint to aid in leveling the panels out.


TCP also has A colors.
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... And pay 700 plus dollars per gallon...
what ???
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Old 04-27-2018, 08:56 AM   #6
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I've been using acylic urethane paints from Paint For Cars web site, with good results, for pretty cheap prices. Shipped via UPS or FedEx Ex. No custom mixing, but I do my own color mixing. Check them out. Don't know if they sell/ship to Cali or not.???
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Old 05-01-2018, 03:22 PM   #7
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Sorry Dave, but I live around Denver, Colorado.
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Old 05-01-2018, 03:27 PM   #8
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Thank you Russ!
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Old 05-01-2018, 03:30 PM   #9
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Thank you Mike, I'll look into that.
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Old 05-01-2018, 03:34 PM   #10
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Thanks Corley, I'll look into this too.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:18 AM   #11
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I did epoxy primer, multiple coats of extra high build polyester primer surfacer (slick sand), 2K primer surfacer then acrylic urethane.


I went with a local axalta (dupont) dealer that had the code for one color and matched the ford paint guide on the other. they also did a small 1/2 pint of the interior molding color

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Old 05-02-2018, 10:07 AM   #12
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James,
Are planning to paint your car an authentic color or just a color you like? If you want to have an authentic color, PPG Concept and DuPont ChromaPriemer are two products that very closely match the colors Ford used on their vehicles. Both these products closely mimic the lacquer Ford used on model A's. They are single stage paint, not base coat clear coat, like modern cars have. As you probably know, base coat, clear coat gives a wet look, not the finish that model A's originally had which was not as shinny. I use a good epoxy primer on sandblasted sheetmetal and it provide a good base/sealer for the finish coat.
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