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    what paint to use?

    On Elin Yakov's Rusty Beauties he uses a product called Tremclad to paint the bare metal of the interior and unerside of the TR6 tub. Tremclad is a rustoleum roduct that appears to be only available in Canada, is that product available in the US as a different Rustoleum brand? Is this type of product a better choice than epoxy primer for bare metal?

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    Re: what paint to use?

    I used POR 15 on the underside and inside the tub. Bought it at Advanced Auto. It is not a 2 part product. Seems to work well but must painted as they say do not leave exposed to the sun. Wear gloves as it sticks to you as well as the car.

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    Re: what paint to use?

    POR 15 is a common choice; they also make a top coat that will protect it from sunlight and such.

    I've used the Eastwood rust encapsulator, which I suspect is their answer to POR 15. It's tougher than plain Rustoleum.

    There are lots of rust-resistant paints on the market. I think it's a good idea to paint the invisible parts of the interior with such a paint. The factory used the same paint on the exterior and interior, but they weren't paying $150 per gallon for their paint. And it wasn't as rust resistant as today's specialized paints.
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    Re: what paint to use?

    I have used epoxy primer on a number of cars I have painted, never a problem with rust, lifting, crazing, etc. Although the newer epoxy primers don't seem as tough as the stuff from 30 years ago, which you couldn't seem to touch with anything short of an angle grinder, they still stick and seal pretty well.

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    Re: what paint to use?

    I only use Tamco products these days. Best paint I have used and very affordable and great customer service. https://tamcopaint.com/

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    Re: what paint to use?

    I would use a primer compatible with the top coat products you plan to use.

    Non-epoxy paints require weeks, and often months to fully harden, so if you use a one part primer be sure to allow sufficient cure time in your time table. Epoxy paints are good to top coat in hours...days if you are conservative.
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    Re: what paint to use?

    Since the subject has come up I can use some advice. I will be sandblasting the inside of the rear lower part of the valance. I have removed the vertical closing panel and fabricated a new one to be installed after the inside is sandblasted and primed. My under standing is epoxy primer is a sealer to prevent moisture getting to the metal and starting to rust all over again.After this area is primed it will not be seen again. My main objective is stopping any further rust that might cause a problem down the road to the final paint job. I have looked at SPI direct to metal primer, I am also looking at Tamco, they have 2 different primers that are interesting. I have seen mixed reviews on POR 15. I have plenty of the POR 25, the other two brands are roughly $100 a quart. one of the Tamco primers is direct out of the can the other mixes 1:1 yielding 1/2 gallon the same with the SPI primer. What is being used in this area? Thank you for your input, Frank

    inside rear valance driver side.jpgThis is the area I am referring to driver and passenger side as well as below spare tire and inside of the closing panels.
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