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Author Topic:   painting a chassis
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted June 04, 2004 02:19 PM  
Ive allways primered my bare chassis, and even etched the last one then primered it. to me the paint never seems to stick any better.

Does anyone just shoot the paint on a bare chassis?? Ive read a couple diff times that its just as good.

I have also tried base clear, and cheap single stage enamel. Both seemed about the same to me.


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posted June 04, 2004 06:46 PM  
if its an option, get it sandblasted. I do it every year and never have a problem with paint.

Dirt Freak

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posted June 05, 2004 09:13 AM  
I always just wipe my cage off with Laquer thinner and paint with Sigle Stage paint and never have any probs.

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Dirt Roller

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posted June 05, 2004 11:13 AM  
I made the same mistake on a 4-wheeler frame. skip the primer. sandblast would be best, degrease and scuff surface the best you can, and use impliment ( tractor ) paint with a roller and brush. this gives it a good thick coat that handels more abuse. the colder it is the smoother the paint will dry, but will take longer. after a day or two put it in the sun to bake.

(thanks for the tips on my % ? )

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posted June 05, 2004 12:03 PM  
best thing to do is powdercoat it. its spendy though and very time consuming on a street stock.



Dirt Maniac

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posted June 05, 2004 03:52 PM  
I am for sure getting it blasted.

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posted June 05, 2004 10:01 PM  
get it blasted, it will make it much easier and stick good. powdercoat is good but if you just want paint we went sandblast, 240 paper, then paint not primer. it will not help much. i am not a painter but friend is and did my car, and he does them like this because it is the most effeicent and sticsk good.

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posted June 05, 2004 10:02 PM  
also single stage, the clear stuff just adds more work to it, and lets face it not excactly easy to paint ever knook and cranny.

Dirt Maniac

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posted June 06, 2004 07:25 AM  
just so you know zero, base clear is easier to shoot by miles. I have painted my diff chassis, 6 times and exterior panels 9 times.

Base clear is easier for anyone to shoot especially a beginner, because the color coat is unimportant, it just needs to be slammed on, and if it runs you can just take tape pull the run, and shoot that spot again in 5 minutes.

base dries fast and dull, you can tape over it for stripes etc in a hour.

when you are shooting the clear it goes on just as easy though you dont have to worry as much about getting a good coat you can just go back and add more.

with single stage you need to spray it evenly and enough to get a shine.

Just so eveyone knows if you add hardener to single stage even tractor enamel etc, it will dry faster, and very very shiny even for a beginner.

I use a 20 dollar gravity feed gun fron harbor freight and get a new one every other time. I also have a remote canister siphon feed, that has a hose to the gun for doing cage bars etc, since the gravity gun wont shoot upside down.

This is far from my first rodeo thanks for the input.

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posted June 06, 2004 11:46 AM  
i was just trying to help. like i said i am not the painter, i have a few guys that are and that is how they do it and prefer to do it.

[This message has been edited by zeroracing (edited June 06, 2004).]

Dirt Maniac

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posted June 06, 2004 01:52 PM  
I realize you were trying to help, but even I thought base clear was harder because EVERYONE said so..

its much much easier to shoot, think about it this way can you mess up spraying primer out of a can... not easily.

but you can get runs easy in gloss paint.

thats the same as shooting base, its dull like primer, thin, and even your overspray on the cage is good enough if it covers it all!!!!

plus it dries so fast I can shoot my multi color exterior in one day instead of 3-4 waiting a day per color...

Everyone should use base clear, you also mix it with a lot more reducer so it goes a ton farther. single stage takes a gallon to shoot a chassis, base takes a qt, maybe a half gallon if you put it on thicker than you need to.


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