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Old 05-12-2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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I have 89 vette and am going to get new paintjob for it. What is the best type of paint to use? What color do you all think I should go with, what do you think c4 models look best in what color?
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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Quality body shops use high quality materials so, their paint jobs look great and last a long time. Dupont, PPG, Gentec are all good brands that are used daily by all the good shops.

I like Black because it makes the Vette look mean.
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:00 AM   #3
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I would say the "best'paint" if the budget is there is 'House of Kolor', my budget is more like ppg.
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:02 AM   #4
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Use what your body shop prefers, they know what works best, and what they are best at using. I highly recommend you not DIY unless your really willing to implement everything you need to do to do it safely.

Finding a reputable body shop can be hard, but it seems they are all in need of business right now.
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:42 PM   #5
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Best type of paint? Urethane Base/Clear or Single stage. Best color is one where you don't have to paint door jams (same as original)
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:38 PM   #6
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There are many more brands of paint than those mentioned here. All of them work, It's more of a preference and being familiar with the mixing and spraying procedures. I prefer Sherwin / Williams. I sold their paint for 3 years and I am familiar with how it shoots. As an added benefit I get it cheap. It was less expensive than most of those already mentioned when I was there in 2006.As stated before if you are going to have it done by a body shop go with what they are using.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:22 PM   #7
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Color change is time consuming and expensive.
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:30 PM   #8
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Been painting cars for 30 years. The ONLY paint I use is DuPont Chroma Base/ clear. Expensive, because its good. Simple to use. Easy on the Blood Pressure.

House of Kolor Is custom paint. I have used it. Not much demand for it by me.

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Been painting cars for 30 years. The ONLY paint I use is DuPont Chroma Base/ clear. Expensive, because its good. Simple to use. Easy on the Blood Pressure.

House of Kolor Is custom paint. I have used it. Not much demand for it by me.

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For a quality finish our body shop uses Dupont Imron Elite. It does cost a bit more, but you get what you pay for. Ever see a car that just got painted and looks real good and then see it 4 or 5 years later and it looks like crap? That is the difference between a quality paint and a economically priced paint.
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For a quality finish our body shop uses Dupont Imron Elite. It does cost a bit more, but you get what you pay for. Ever see a car that just got painted and looks real good and then see it 4 or 5 years later and it looks like crap? That is the difference between a quality paint and a economically priced paint.
Imron is tough stuff - I had a custom van painted with it 30 years ago, and it wore like iron. I recall they used to paint over-the-road trucks with it because of its durability. I was talking to a guy last year at a show who had a sweet '62, and that's what he had on his car.
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:36 AM   #11
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Southern Polyurethanes get alot of praise for their primers and clears. They don't do colors anymore, so with that. I've been recommended House of Kolor base.

From what I've been recommended, is to use Southern Polyurethanes Epoxy, then go straight into the base/clear. Their Epoxy is supposed to stick very well to the SMC and Urethane bumpers, but remain flexible to not crack when the body sways.
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Best type of paint? Urethane Base/Clear or Single stage. Best color is one where you don't have to paint door jams (same as original)



I spoke to one of the local shops here in CT because I also need a new paint job; he said they use R.M DIAMONT paints. Has anyone ever heard of them? Is it quality paint? I have never used this particular shop for anything yet, but if they are using really good paint I would think it would speak to the rest of their quality.

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Old 05-13-2009, 02:15 PM   #13
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I think more prep than paint - I am House of Kolor Midnight Blue Pearl over Black with a Clear all over a sealer, but it's all in the prep (and color sanding). I chose a local rod shop (they built at least one of Ridler Award Cars), but you need to decide what you want - Stock/Custom (keep in mind the touchup factor - possible to next in impossible)? - then ask around. I liked my shop because they sprayed up a few sample panels and pick out what I liked best. They also let me come in anytime I wanted to and nitpick anything I wanted. It wasn't cheap, but it never exceeded the agreed price, even when I told them I wanted something redone.
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Old 05-14-2009, 01:23 AM   #14
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I agree, It's ALL in the Prep the body shop does.

The most expensive high quality paint in the world, will not last very long if the body is not prepped properly.
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