I thought I would do a series of help articles on painting to help those that are thinking of doing there own projects. The first part here will be a paint 101 basically going over the types of paint pro and cons and basic use. Later I will do step by step projects from small parts to a full car.... The products I will talk about and use will be from http://www.tamcopaint.com/
they have great products and have and will be donating products for these tutorials....
There are three types of paint used in auto restoration, they are lacquer, enamel, and urethane.
Lacquer. is a non-hardened paint requires many coats and sanding and buffing to look good. today it is mainly used for older classics that need to be original for shows. durability is not that great for a daily driven car. Cons cannot be top coated with most hardened primers, enamels, or urethane's, and would have to be removed.pros about lacquer are that it is cheap, easy to apply... and example of lacquer would be duplicolor.
Enamels. most enamels can be used with and with out a hardener, adding a hardener will increase durability and gloss, and when hardened will protect against solvent spills on paint such as when filling you gas tank and over fill. it is easy to apply and can be refinished with most other products
Urethane. vary durable, vary hi gloss and is hardened. most are hi solids products which means there is less solvents and more paint by volume. so less coats are needed to cover and achieve film build needed.
I the next week i will have the first step by step project up which will be either refinishing/painting a v6 air cleaner and or deck lid air grills using hi solids urethane black gloss and satin single stage, the gloss i will also clear coat for more depth/shine
If there are any projects or ideas you have please let me know.