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Re: Paint info to base paint decisions on (archive)

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Posted by Dwight on April 26, 2000 at 01:26:21:

In Reply to: Re: Paint info to base paint decisions on posted by Brian C. on April 25, 2000 at 21:54:47:

: : Just had my '69 painted red by a local painter that was recommended by some friends that restore classic cars. Used acrylic urethane (2 part), had some minor dents taken out, color sanded and buffed. Looks great! Cost me $1550. I checked around quite a bit and this price is for a good quality, not show, paint job. I'm in CA where the EPA makes this paint the only "legal" type, or so I'm told. Other quotes I got ranged from $500-$700 for synthetic urethane (which is also equivelant to German paint quality, or so I'm told) which will only last a few years (I still ? that). Also, if I wanted show quality the price goes up considerably depending on condition of body (could be $3000 to $6000), but this is a daily driver. FYI

: I am getting ready to have the 68 1602 sprayed soon. Was wondering why they told you the synthetic urethane would only last a few years?
: Because of how its prepped or?
: My 68 is Granada red with a black interior so i am excited to get it done and looking sharp.
: Also the 74 that im stripping for paint that had the vinyl top was not a factory job as I suspected, there was obvious sanding and original paint underneath.
: Brian

I don't know the chemical makeup of synthetic urethane but from the cheaper paint jobs I checked out 500-700, this is what they used. I talked to some higher dollar shops including an automotive paint supply dealer and the consensus was that the synthetic does not hold up as well as the acrylic. Also, when using the acrylic urethane, there is a choice between using "1 part" or "2 part". The 2 part has a clear topcoat and is glossier than the 1 part, also more expensive. The more you prep yourself the better quality job you will have.

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