A guy I know has a couple of Corvettes to paint. The first will be in about
6 months or so. The second will be in about a year to two years. He is
painting both lacquer because that is what they were and restored Corvettes
should be lacquer. He is wondering about buying the paint now with the
availability of lacquer decreasing all the time and that it could just stop
without notice, and he would be hung out to dry.
He was thinking about several things, buying an extra gallon for each in
case he has to repaint some time, buying it in quart containers so that some
will remain good longer by exposing only small amounts to the air, and so
on. And he is open to suggestions and opinions. Other than he will paint
lacquer and not enamel, SS, or BC/CC.
Thoughts? I'll pass them on to him.
Don't buy quarts, buy the gallon, and then blend the gallons if you buy more
than one. Reseal and store where they won't get major temperature changes
and can't go low enough to freeze. I keep mine in a semi-heated basement and
they will last longer than he will and not degrade. When you reuse them
mixing them very well becomes extremely important because of the metallic,
iridescent, and pigment separation over the years. I had to judge a great
restoration of a red, not sure what the actual red was, and he used two
gallons. As can happen he buffed through the top fender, quarter ridges, not
to worry, he has another gallon. They were mixed at the same time and were
not metallic but they sure were different colors. I'd have re-shot the
entire car, I could see everywhere he had re-shot the edges. I shot a
removable hardtop with paint that was 26 years old last summer and it came
closer than his did new.
Most important keep the type of paint, where or from whom it was purchased,
mix code, the color, and color number along with the mix date where it can't
be lost or destroyed. That same information should also be in the car in
more than one place.
Last but not least, where are you getting good lacquer these days?
So you think he should buy gallons? He is painting a '68 with hardtop red.
How much do you think he really needs? He will do under the deck, the door
jams, and so on.
He was figuring about 2 qt, maybe 3. the 4th would be for touch up later.
I painted a '56 several years ago and did not have a hard top for it at the
time. I bought a single gallon of paint and it was insufficient to do the
job properly. I really think this is a case where buying a couple of
gallons and storing what little may be left over properly for later use is a
Last January DuPont discontiued lacquer paint all together because of
new technology in the industry. This means that if you find any it has
most likely been sitting around for a long time...and its even more
likely that you will not find any at all since the most common tints
are all used up at this point. If by chance you do find someone still
supplying lacquer they will probably not have all the correct tints to
make your color.
Automotive Touch-Up Paint and Detailing Products
He is getting PPG Duracryl and up until this last time in a couple of days
ago, they said no problem. However, he said they had heard rumors they
might be losing it soon and so that is why he was trying to stock up on
paint to cover his projects for the next couple of years.
I'm about ready to do the same, buy a gallon or two. Regardless of the
BC/CC is better/lacquer is original arguments, the fact is that to correctly
restore these old ones is to use lacquer. And those truly after the
NCRS/Bloomington Gold standards, and the really high bucks, want them all
I haven't seen DuPont lacquer in a year and a half, although I heard a year
ago you could still get black, white, and possibly red. However, most
stores weren't supplying it.
A total strip and good body prep he can get it done with one gallon and have
paint to spare for some repair later. Probably nowhere near a full uncut
quart. Good body prep includes all one color primer so he's not trying to
cover shade changes as the color goes on buy applying more paint I would
buy in a gallon, store remaining paint in a quart can.
Still would like to find out where he gets his lacquer.
AYECARUMBA! Have I been that far out of touch or was this stuff in the
$70/gal range just 5 years or so ago. Me thinks that if there's any
market for the stuff at this price, someone will continue or begin
making the product for the specialty market.
Are there other materials needed specific for spraying lacquer that may
also become unobtainable? Like must you use a lacquer based primer, spot
Here's waving to ya - \||||
'67BB & '72BB
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About 1991, I bought a gallon of DuPont Centari acryl enamel for around $50
in NJ. of course, I couldn't find anyone to shoot it for less than $2500
due to the EPA problems, after the place I was renting dropped on me just
for fiberglass repair. The thought of spraying paint had them ready to toss
I finally found a couple of kids that destroyed their parent's basement
garage with close to a quart of overspray. :-)
Around the same time, a friend found he could get Econo Paint to spray his
race car for $99 as opposed to him paying $70 for a gallon of paint and
doing the work. For a race car, it was good enough.
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