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Old 02-22-2003, 03:27 PM   #1
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Default Best Brand/Type of Paint to use for the car?

Thinking about spraying my car, to get rid of the little chips off the front end... My only question is in the past Ive used PPG brand of paints (well, I was a mechanic in college, and my shops, body shop used em, so its not like I have that much experience)

The last time I completely sprayed a car was with my Golf, and I hit it with a paint that didnt need a coat of clear (i believe it was dbu?) Any way that paint was hard, I stripped it down to the bone, hit it with a few layers of primer, sealer, and then 4 coats of the stuff. I let the car sit over the summer in a hot garage while I was in europe (It fully dored, usually shops wait a day or two, but the longer i waitied the harder the paint got) and when I came back, I polished it, and it was almost mirror like, AND it was tough (someone tried to key the car and all I had to do was polish it out! Only thing, it was so hard it cracked in a few small places (creases in the body) I guess do to flexing a year later

Anyway, I seem to be really suffering on the front end with the original factory paint with the RS, with chips and stones etc...and I want to fix this. I need something strong, and I hate bras.

What paint brand, number of coats/clear do you reccomend?

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Old 02-22-2003, 10:56 PM   #2
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I can't help you with paint issues but, I have a suggestion to apply X-pel to your car. I had the same problem and fixed the few small chips when my car was new and then got the clear-bra. Its barely noticable to the eyes and the front is completely protected. Just a thought............I like it anyways
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Old 02-22-2003, 11:05 PM   #3
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House of Paint seems to be the best paint. Dont know the info for them though.

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Old 02-22-2003, 11:16 PM   #4
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House of Paint?

Is that like PPG?

Dupont?
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Old 02-22-2003, 11:25 PM   #5
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I have no clue but I was told by a friend that it was the best paint. Also Jesse James from Monster Garage only uses that paint on his projects. I hear its really expensive though.

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Old 02-23-2003, 12:01 AM   #6
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Heard nothing but praise for House of Kolor. There are a few people here who have done a full paint job using their stuff and their cars look gorgeous even in pictures.
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Old 02-23-2003, 12:03 AM   #7
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Heard nothing but praise for House of Kolor. There are a few people here who have done a full paint job using their stuff and their cars look gorgeous even in pictures.
Thats it! House of Kolor. Haha not House of Paint. Or maybe I am right? Ahh I dont know but its one of the 2!

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Old 02-23-2003, 12:13 AM   #8
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Default Paint...

I work in the auto body business and have used all those paints. they are all just NAMES... House of Kolors is recognized mainly as being used for "custom"... pretty much what we used it for... all the others PPG, Dupont, Matrix, etc.. are mainly used for insurance jobs and common fixes... they are ALL great paint companies... yet it comes down to what is in the paint and the clear.... there are alot that use UV protection. A flex agent is mostly used in the paint and is for plastics, such as bumpers. It is used to prevent chips and cracks because it gives the paint flexability. some clears just get hard and thats when the chippies appear... theres alot to learn and I am still learning... after 6 yrs...
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Old 02-23-2003, 01:31 AM   #9
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Yeah thats what i mean, My old boss used to use PPG paints, and he wasnt happy with the color matching, some cars were perfect, others werent. Like I said I used a "DBU" class paint for my old Golf, or was it DAU?) so I didnt need a clear, but what do you reccomend?

This would be for the complete of the car, (after I put on my 22b Kit)
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Old 02-23-2003, 06:21 AM   #10
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I got the clear-bra. Its barely noticable to the eyes and the front is completely protected.
Gargantua, you wouldn't by chance have a photo of your car with the clear-bra (or a website where they're sold)? I had a black Golf once and the front end was chipped to shreds. When I bought my Dodge R/T I got a bra but it looked like crap b/c the car was red and the bra was black. Didn't know about the clear-bra so it may be worth looking into, especially since I plan on buying my rex in Java Pearl black.
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Old 02-23-2003, 11:22 AM   #11
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I don't have a photo of the car from the front and only have a cheap camera to boot. Think of a silver car. On close inspection there is only a tiny line that is detectable on the hood. But here is the website

http://www.xpel.com/paint/product.as...x=4&image1.y=6


Its a great product as it will stop chipping of paint!
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Old 02-23-2003, 11:44 AM   #12
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My only concern with the clear bra is if there would be a difference in color over time between the paint that's protected by the bra and the part that's not. I'd hate to end up with a two-tone finish

I'm still worried about Subaru's paint quality. From what I hear it's pretty piss-poor regardless of color.
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Old 02-23-2003, 02:53 PM   #13
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House of Kolor is by far the best paint in the industry!!! This paint cost a lot of $$$$ but if you want the best House of Kolor is the best. it goes for 300-500 a quart
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Old 02-23-2003, 02:54 PM   #14
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Old 02-23-2003, 07:32 PM   #15
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I've always used DuPont (Chroma Base for my PSM WRX and Chroma One for my white non-clearcoated MR2). When I have paint-matched to chips by eye the color match is not always perfect. Auto-paint stores and shops sometimes have a machine that can read the color from the surface of your car and get a better match. The paint store near where I work charges $35 extra for this but it is probably worth it if you want a perfect match.

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