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Re: Was Chrysler using alkyd enamel paint?

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They used acrylic enamel in the 60,s and 70,s and early 80,s. More than likely alkyd before that. They went to base/clear urethane in mid '80,s. Everyone had clear delamination and top coat delamination problems in the '90,s and early 2000,s. That van was a mid 90,s and more than likely was a chop shop re-paint or repair as it faded some places and not others and adhesive nameplate is falling off tailgate as it was probably re-glued on after an "economy repair/paint" in that area , too cheap to replace the nameplate. Lot of economy body shops that ,even today , will go in and ge the cheapest possible single stage paint (even pearl/metalic) to do a door or fender dammage job on a base/clear vehicle. Match? Wha-du-ya-mean match? That's what the store mixed so it's their problem , go complain to them!

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 Re: Was Chrysler using alkyd enamel paint? in reply to B-maniac, 04-16-2013 18:29:46  
I mentioned acrylic lacquer because of a 66 Plymouth I bought new. In those days Chrysler's drivetrain was excellent (383 cu in/325HP, probably the best automatic I have owned), but their quality control was bad. The car needed repainting when I bought it because of drips and runs. The dealer repainted the whole car without argument. He did a good job, but I had to wax it several times a year because it faded badly. I don't know what he used, but I doubt if it was acrylic enamel, which should have UV inibitors. I kept it 6 years, paint was still good when I traded it, just faded easily, and this was white. It was outside, at least in the daytime, as long as I had it.

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