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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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Looks nice! What did you prime/paint with? I'm hopefully going to get my interior primed and painted by the end of October before it gets too cold. I suppose it doesn't really matter but I was going to topcoat the primer with just plain black to sealer the primer. No one will see it except for the trunk area but I'd rather be sure the primer is well protected everywhere.

Progress is looking great. Hope to see more from you soon.

-Kevin

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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I just used a sand colored rust -oleum paint. Got it at Home Dept. Used a small roller for most of it but also used a few rattle cans for the hard to reach places. Not to worried about a second coat on all of it.

By the time the sound proofing tiles go in and the truck is coated correctly it will not matter.

Posted on: 9/28 18:50:26
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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Its just an epoxy sealer but if feels so good just to have it looking different. It will be gray with primer in a couple weeks.

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Posted on: 10/9 19:20:18
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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Awesome! How many coats did you do? That has to be so satisfying to not see bare metal anymore.

-Kevin

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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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It is only 1 coat of epoxy primer. I only had 1 quart of the stuff and used every drop that to do what you see here.
Will have to get another quart to do the door and fenders this winter.

I have a gallon of the high build primer and will use 2 coats with that.

Have also used 1.5 gallons of body filler so far. Should not need much more but, we shall see.

Posted on: 10/12 16:13:40
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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When the time comes to finish, are you going to use a filler primer? That type of primer is relatively thick and will fill minor imperfections.

Posted on: 10/13 10:39:58
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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That is what "high build" primer is.
I ordered a gallon from Eastwood that should be here in a couple days.

It will fill scratches and other mild abrasions but not sure what else.
Probably be another 10 days before I put that on the body.

I'll try to capture some, before and after, close ups and post them because I've never used the stuff before.

Posted on: 10/13 16:38:29
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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The secret to an outstanding paint job lies in a flawless foundation, which is all about surface prep and primer. For instance on my í32 901 I had the body all repaired (e.g. rusty panels replaced) and the first spray of primer (2 coats) looked good. Then I went to block sanding it with 80 through 320 grits in a ďXĒ pattern. While it looked good, there were high and low spots. On real low spots (probably less than 1/64Ē) I used a quality finishing putty (Blaze Glaze) to fill them in followed up with another 2 to 3 coats of primer. Then back to block sanding in a X pattern. Once I got it looking great it was sprayed with a very light coat of black primer. Then block sanded it with 320 grit paper in order to find the trouble areas. Trouble areas were repeated as above until all was great looking.

In all, I used about 1.5 to 2 gallons of an epoxy on all bare metal as it is tough as nails. The follow up primer was a high solids primer and I used around 2.5 gallons. Iím sure that 75% of the primer went floating around some place in Southern California.

Good Luck with your project - Its looking great.

Posted on: 10/14 17:17:14
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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Marston.

Think it's down here. Dust all over my 400.

Posted on: 10/15 20:56:17
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I got on two coats of high-build primer this weekend. I choose the Eastwood primer simply because I am lazy. It is a one step primer with no need to use a catalyst. All the other brands that I saw needed a separate catalyst mixed with it. The price for primer and catalyst and the one step from Eastwood are pretty much the same. I paid about $130 and used about 3/4 of a gallon to put coats on what you see here. Itís amazing the flaws that you can see now, when itís all one color. The epoxy primer shows some but you canít see them unless you turn off the lights due to the reflection off that white. This grey primer has no problem showing the areas that still need work but that is alright. I knew better than to expect perfection at this point.

I took some before and after photos just to show how the high build primer covered up some things and what it did not cover. That said, it covers scratch marks of 80 grit or higher, very well. The 40 grit sand markís are better but still visible. Small dimples and poorly sanded body filler are still visible. Do not expect a high build primer to save the day or cut body work in half because you will be disappointed.
I am pleased with my results but I spent many hours working on the worst spot beforehand. By spring I should be ready for a 2K primer.

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Posted on: 10/26 14:36:14
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