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Re: Alkyd Primer - maybe not so bad

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Jason S.

04-27-2013 09:16:09

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Enamel primers were used for many years. The upside to it is it doesn't dry out and crack like laquer does. The downside is it takes several days to dry if you want to sand it before painting it. You can paint over some enamel primers after it flashes and the paint and primer slowly dries together. Most all paint manufacturers still have enamel primer/sealer available. In BASF go look at their Limco PS21 sealer, it is an enamel sealer you spray before topcoating and you can use either single stage or base clear over it. Alkyd enamel has gotten a bad rap over the last several years,especially thanks to Val Spar and a few others manufacturing sub par paint and primers for sale to the general public. The biggest problem with the alkyd paint you get today is in a gallon can you only get around half a can of color or pigment and the rest is mixing clear. Mixing clear doesn't have much uv protection or chemical resistance. The same holds true for acrylic or urethane paints. There is a reason why Nason is cheaper than Chroma base, Limco is cheaper than Diamont, Omni or Shopline is cheaper than Concept or Deltron. It's because you aren't getting the pigment with the cheaper lines that you get with the higher dollar lines. Now with all that being said am I saying enamel primer is better than epoxy? No I'm not, and I'm not saying Alkyd paint is better than urethane. But if I had to choose between using epoxy primer over clean and properly prepped metal and using cheaper paint, or using enamel primer over clean properly prepped metal and shooting urethane paint over it. I would go the second route every time.

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