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Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by jhaha, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. jhaha

    jhaha

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    Hey everybody,

    Getting close to done and need to paint this thing somehow. Has an aqualu tub which I know should be "etched" somehow then painted.

    My questions are:

    1. does it have to be etched? If it does where can I get the etching primer, and how hard is it to do?

    2. I am thinking about durabak-ing the whole thing, and their people said it would still need to be etched before applying their stuff. Has anybody done this without etching it?

    3. Where is a source for paint if I would like to do it myself? Any body/paint shop? I have a paint gun, just need paint.

    4. Finally, which would be less expensive, etch then regular paint, or etch and durabak?

    Thanks in advance.

    Jeff
     
  2. David Clayton

    David Clayton

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    etching primer

    Search your town for a Dupont automotive finishing supplier and tell them you need some etching primer I don't recall the part #. That stuff is a 2 part mix and very hard on the lungs , USE A RESPERATOR. After I applied that I would apply a good coat of sealer. and then you can do what ever you want with the top coat.

    I can get the part # on that stuff if you would like just PM me
     
  3. Degnol

    Degnol

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    Zinc Chromate is used on aluminum, as is the self etching primer. I think you'd be OK with either. Call or stop by a body shop around quitting time with a 12 pak and just ask to talk to their painter. I have used self etch in a spray can on small stuff. I think the etchant is phosphoric acid.
    GL

    Ain't gots no al-U-minium, so don't listen to me!

    Ed

    And like David Clayton sez.....Use a respirator! With all the catalyzed stuff out there, you need one, if you like breathing and don't like the operating table.
    Just ask the early Imron painters. Spend $50 and save your health.