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Old 05-08-2011, 12:53:32 PM
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Good day.
I've finally finished all the preperation for paint on my Stuart 50 steam engine. I'm on information overload with type and brand name of both primer and final coat.
A would like to stick with can spray paint, have not mastered an air gun as yet.
Could you all please give your best choice of type of paint and primer by brand name? I've never in my life spent so much time in decission making, something deep inside is telling me to get more advise.
I deeply appreciate your help and opinions.
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:23:57 PM
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if you want high gloss, use enamel. if you want an eggshell gloss, use lacquer. you can put enamel paint over lacquer primer, but don't put lacquer paint over enamel primer. if you're going to rattle can it, any ppg paint dealer will have a shelf full. napa also sells it. auto zone will have rustoleum and maybe duplicolor.. lacquer primer will have a filler property and can be sanded, but enamel is hard to sand unless you let it dry for a week or so. how big is this steam engine.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:00:51 PM
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i use dupicolor engine enamial good up to about 500 degrees but they also have some that go up to 1200 if you want gloss semi gloss and a wide varity of color. Also some places will mix you custom colors and put it in spray cans for you but it is expensive.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:53:27 PM
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if you want high gloss, use enamel. if you want an eggshell gloss, use lacquer. you can put enamel paint over lacquer primer, but don't put lacquer paint over enamel primer. if you're going to rattle can it, any ppg paint dealer will have a shelf full. napa also sells it. auto zone will have rustoleum and maybe duplicolor.. lacquer primer will have a filler property and can be sanded, but enamel is hard to sand unless you let it dry for a week or so. how big is this steam engine.

Thank you, stupid questions to follow!
So if I want a high gloss would you use a acyrilic enamel?
What does PPG stand for?
Napa doesn't have it's own brand our there, their shelf has three different brands on it? Duplicolor was one of them.
What primers best for cast iron?
Do I really need a primer with a filler if I have the prep down pretty good?
Should I use a primer that needs to be wet sanded?
I'm sorry to be so full of questions.
The piece is at best 10"x3"x3".
Thank you so much for your help.
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i use dupicolor sandable primer it is really good and it works well with any of their paints. Filler primer is good but i perfer sandable primer to help cut down on the runs you can get with using spray paint and laying a coat on heavy
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I saw Duplicolor at a Napa store, what style of primer should I go with, I have the casting down really smooth? Acrylic enamel is your choice?
Primer also? Should I stick with a wet sand primer with or without filler?
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Not shure what aera of sacto you are in, But most automotive paint stores can put any color or type of automotive paint in spray cans for you. You might try Jerry's paint on Fulton Ave. or in the south aera, Original Paint & Equiptment on Franklin Blvd.
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Thank you Phil. I did some calling around today and discovered the Napa store on Power Inn can mix and fill cans. I'm going to head over there tomorrow. If I strike out I'll try your picks. What's your passion when you have time, steam or gas?
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Jim you might consider attending the show in Rio Linda this weekend Fri. 5-13 & Sat.5-14 it is at the Dry Creek Ranch House on Dry Creek Rd. Just about 3/4 Of a mile north off Elkhorn Blvd. I plan on exibiting a few of my gas engines this year, also have a nice steam model that I might also take , But have no way to run. Last year there was a gentelman with a few model steam engines.
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Thank you for the invite, I'll consider for sure if time permits.
Will you be there both days?
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Yes I will be showing a 1917 8-16 AVERY tractor also
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