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Clear coat on metal

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06-20-2008 12:12:01

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I am looking for a clear coat to use on bare metal surfaces such as carbs, magneto bodies, axle shafts and etc. I have tried some of the spray can poly clear coats but I would like something more solvent resistant. Aoso, some of the clears out of spray cans kind of turn yellow after awhile. So what is a good clear coat to use in these situations?

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06-28-2008 06:11:00

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 Re: Clear coat on metal in reply to DScott, 06-20-2008 12:12:01  
No clear will adhere to bare metal as well as primer/paint. The problem with using catalyzed clear is that WHEN(not if) it fails, it is difficult to remove.

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06-29-2008 06:25:08

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 Re: Clear coat on metal in reply to Dave#2, 06-28-2008 06:11:00  
I know that the expurts here skoff at the Eastwood products I have posted but I have had good results using them. You can by a super gloss clear powder coat that will last as good as any color.
I painted two tractors with Rural King paint at the end of last summer. One I used the Eastwood clear coat on and the other I didn't. All my tractors set out side year around as well as both of these. There is a big difference already.

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06-27-2008 08:35:15

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 Re: Clear coat on metal in reply to DScott, 06-20-2008 12:12:01  
You might look into the CastBlast line of paints. They are available in regular and hi-temp. It's a "grey" paint formulated to look like cast iron. It's what the high end auto restorers use on those 150k restorations.


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Dick L

06-21-2008 18:38:44

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 Re: Clear coat on metal in reply to DScott, 06-20-2008 12:12:01  
How much do you want to spend?

This is a little spendy but tuff stuff.

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Rod (NH)

06-20-2008 17:53:46

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 Re: Clear coat on metal in reply to DScott, 06-20-2008 12:12:01  
Look into PPG's DAU75 acrylic urethane clear. I have had very good luck in the past using that on a bare aluminum valve cover on a Honda 4 cyl engine, given the proper cleaning and pretreatment with the recommended PPG chemicals. I have not tried it on bare steel.

I'll give you a link to the tech data sheet for reference. I have been unable to find a way to direct link to the pdf file on the new PPG site. Instead, the link should get you a dialog box to either download or save the file to disk. Clicking on download will show the data sheet for DAU75, assuming you have the adobe acrobat reader software on your computer. The clear must be catalized with DXR80 urethane hardener.

Here's the link: DAU75


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06-21-2008 18:57:19

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 Re: Clear coat on metal in reply to Rod (NH), 06-20-2008 17:53:46  
I believe any of the catylized urethane clears will do what you are asking. The manufacturer will not recommend it but sometimes you have to bend the rules.

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