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Old 10-24-2004, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know what the best types, kinds, or brands of paint and clearcoat finish? I'm going to have this guy do some paint work for me but I think I want to try and search for a good deal on paint first...and he'll just do the labor.
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Anyone know what the best types, kinds, or brands of paint and clearcoat finish? I'm going to have this guy do some paint work for me but I think I want to try and search for a good deal on paint first...and he'll just do the labor.
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Old 10-24-2004, 02:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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sherwin williams is what I'm using but to be honest the same paint is at a napa store
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best brand would be ppg vey costly though. Napa has good options like stated above.
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I work in a shop and have a degree in autobody repair.
I wouldnt advise using Sherman Williams, its cheap shitty paint and lacks quality UV protection.
I recommend any lines from BASF or PPG. They offer budge line paints to custom paints depending on where you wanna go with it. I spray BASF and they have a limco line which is a OEM paint quality and then theres Glasruit which is costly and very nice, has better then OEM quality paint that you can use for customization like kandys and such. Then theres Diamont which I dont use, they use a lot of universal products like hardeners, reducers and such..This allows you to save money when buying a full line for painting your car. If you want nice nice nice nice nice paint, like couple thousand in paint alone buy from Alsa or House of Kolor, those 2 are industry leaders in refinishing and you will not/cannot beat their quality. You can go to any jobber and find these paints. Let the guy who does your car help you in brand. He might be familiar with a certain brand and that will give you a better refinishing product.

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a pint of PPG basecoat ran me about $100.. cant remember what the hardener and clearcoat cost
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What about Dupont paint, is this good? I have to do some paint job on mine and the paint shop use this paint...

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I do custom paint painted helmets and have done a bunch of Harleys and various other brands.

I just put an M3 front end on recently.

I use House of Kolor exclusivly on the custom stuff, and I have been a big fan of Dupont chromabase and Chromaclear. it's very user friendly unlike PPG where you have to mix alot of things to the paint and clears to be ready to spray.

Dupont you just mix paint with basemaker in a 1 to 1 ratio. the clear is just as easy with a 4 to 1 ratio and you can also add a touch of reducer in the final topcoats for flow out.
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Originally posted by Delmarco+Oct 24 2004, 10:18 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Delmarco @ Oct 24 2004, 10:18 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Brian325i@Oct 24 2004, 11:45 AM
Anyone know what the best types, kinds, or brands of paint and clearcoat finish? I'm going to have this guy do some paint work for me but I think I want to try and search for a good deal on paint first...and he'll just do the labor.
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check out www.paintscratch.com

the best site I've come across for paint.
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I www.paintscratch.com an email about the durability of their paint to UV and their reply was:

"We use top of the line DuPont ChromaBase. It holds up very well."

Of course, they're gonna say it's good paint if you ask them.... decent price though.
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