Post by CorvettCrzy on Feb 12, 2020 14:56:36 GMT -8
I came across this looking for Powder coating colors.
It says you can use metal prep for POR-15 and the engine paint comes in quite a few colors. The downside may be the cost, automobile paint my be cheaper. But I thought I'd share it for anyone who was looking for options.
We used the tinted ACE enamel but it was pretty much impossible to find 3 years ago.
Post by CorvettCrzy on Feb 13, 2020 19:59:34 GMT -8
nccamper - cannot complain about the Ace!! The only problem we had was leaving on a trip about a week after painting - a trip in 100+ degree heat. I guess you could say it was baked on but the first day or two on the road resulted in tiny bugs embedded in the front of the camper and the whole side buckled in the heat. The buckling didn't cause any change in the paint and I got most of the bugs off by washing very carefully, had 2 or 3 spots from larger bugs where a spec of paint came off. So I would definitely suggest letting the paint cure for several weeks (as you suggest in your tutorial).
So it's been well over 115 degrees and below 0 degrees here at home in MI. It's spent the last two winters outside under an RV cover. No peeling or flaking, looks the same as the week we painted it. I will also add that after we returned from our first trip we lightly sanded and added another coat to the bottom because we had noticed it was thin in spots. Second coat went on just as easily as the first.
I guess I do have one complaint -- you can't get the tintable product anymore. I was lucky enough to find an old hardware who still had the tinting equipment in the basement.
True Wisdom isn't learning from your mistakes, It's learning from other's mistakes!
A shame they don't make that product anymore. I've heard from other people that it really holds up well. I used it twice and was very happy. And as you said, it could tinted. I've used PPG auto paint which costs BIG bucks and looks great but at that price you pick a color and live with it. With ACE, you spend $10 for a pint, try it on a test piece and change your mind, no problem.
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2020 5:36:51 GMT -8 by nccamper
Post by CorvettCrzy on Feb 16, 2020 17:27:55 GMT -8
nccamper I'm going to have to give that hardware store a call, see if they still have that mixer in the basement - need paint for Frankie. It's a little early, but the paint for Petals sat for over a year before we used it with no problem. I followed your paint tutorial and it worked great, thinking we might have to pay someone if we have to go the auto paint route. As always, your trailers are beautiful. Surprised to see the date on this picture, I don't believe I've seen the trailer before. Love the color!!
Automotive paint is a little more complicated because of mixing, but not more than the average backyard painter can handle. I have a tutorial for PPG automotive paint on VTT. It really looks great and takes a beating.