What do you use for chassis paint?

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  1. swisherred

    swisherred Active Member

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    Im considering por15, rust bullet, and chassis saver for painting my frame, suspension parts and underbelly....this may or may not be sandblasted as I may not be able to blast the bottom of the car....What would work best?
     
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    rexus31 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I’ve only used Eastwood Chassis Black.
     
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    swisherred Active Member

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    Did you have good results from it?
     
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    The original paint, whether GM, Ford, or Chrysler, never was a glossy black paint. It was a more satiny black, but not satin as such. Certainly not flat black by any means. More like a "High Heat Black" in gloss.

    Many have tended toward the more glossy "chassis black", as it is perceived to look better and "show better" at a car show, but not at a high-level single marque show as the Mopar Nats Concours Show (of similar Mustang or GM marque shows were authenticity is the standard rather than what spectators might perceive looks good). I have not seen the gloss level of the Eastwood product, so I'm not sure how much "gloss" it really has.

    The more correct black gloss would be similar to what was on the factory air cleaners and black enging accessory brackets. Not a hard shine by any means. I discovered that GM Glossy Engine Black paint matched the air cleaner paint exactly on my '67 Newport. On the sections of underhood a/c lines which were painted black, I scuffed them a bit and then sprayed some of the GM Engine Black into a small glass bottle, carefully, then used a camel hair brush to apply it to the a/c lines. It looked very good, as I couldn't disassemble things to spray the lines. Good durability, too. BUT, it's the GM engine paint from GMParts, not a Krylon version. THAT is probably why it matched and worked as good as it did.

    By observation, when we were doing the Superbird, we found that sometimes you had to play with the various paints and colors a bit for the best match of what was on the vehicle from the factory. In the case of the Superbird, that meant a mix of primers and paints on the underside of the car, for it to be correct. On the similar Daytonas, there were THREE different sets of primer and body paint on the underside of the car, for it to be correctly restored. Some might have considered that "sloppy assembly", which it might have been, but that was the way they were built, which had to be duplicated for the high-level judging at Mopar Nats in the Concours Judging.

    Enjoy!
    CBODY67
     
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    rexus31 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Yup. Very durable. The only downside was it takes a while to cure.
     
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    1/3rd the cost of POR, and made here in my home land of Canuck.... 56140440_10218735593438376_304006250591420416_n.jpg
     
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    How shiny is the DOM?
     
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    Consider using OSPHO followed by Rustoleum.

    Paint the OSPHO on with a brush, let it dry overnight, wipe it down with mineral spirits. Prime with Rustoleum "Rusty Metal" primer or "Rust Reformer. Thin the Rustoleum with mineral spirits and spray it on with a cheap Harbor Fright spray gun (I really like their HVLP gun).

    Rustoleum is cheap, durable and you can buy it locally. OSPHO might be in a well stocked hardware store, but you can buy it on Amazon. A quart goes a long way.
    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000C02CDG/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    I know I may get flamed for this but I used Rust Bullet base and then semi-gloss black Tremclad.
    It's holding up very well for the past 3 years and 15,000 miles.
    no one I've run over has complained it isn't factory...:lol:
     
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    Big_John Illegitimi non carborundum FCBO Gold Member

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    I believe Trem Clad is the Canadian brand of Rustoleum.
     
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    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    It may very well be the case
    Rustoleum is a great old school paint
     
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    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    I remember a proud owner of a brand new Pontiac Parrhsenne paying our shop to allow him to rent a hoist for a couple of days so he could rustoelum the underneath of his new baby
     
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    Dries to a Semi-gloss.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I use their Extreme Chassis Satin Black on the underside of my F100. After cleaning off the frame, and neutralizing rust with their rust converter, I then used the paint. That was five years ago and other than areas where grease flies off (u-joints) the bottom still looks pristine.
     
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    rust bullet for the win
     
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    Rust bullet with undercoating over it here as well. Happy how it’s held up so far.
     
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    I ended up going with chassis saver for this. Seriously thought about rust bullet...ruled out por15 due to problems and complaints found in reviews. I think for the amount I will drive it, it will do the job just fine.