buzzboy SuperDork
6/12/22 5:38 p.m.

The racecar needs to be painted again. Nothing fancy, don't need metallic. Single stage is fine. It's a $740 w2w car with bumps and dings. What I'm having trouble finding is the color I want. Last time I painted the car I did a Calypso Green Metallic and it was a little too dark and a little too blue for what I wanted. Here is my color pallette and I'd like one of the left two colors, preferably the second one. I can't find where I bought my last gallon of paint. It was like $90 all in. I'm wondering if such a deal still exists and if it's possible to find custom colors at that price, or if I need to find an OEM color that matches what I want.


Question number two. The old AMG cars painted the grill and surround to match the car. I love the look and want to emulate it with my W116 grill. However, it's chromed. Anything to think about for painting it? Just sand it down and prime?

wake74 Reader
6/12/22 5:43 p.m.

I shot the FF in Kirker Ultra-Glo Urethane I bought from TP Tools.  Seemed to be about the least expensive SS I could find.  Laid down fairly well with my basic Devilbiss gun.  I think the black was like $59 / 0.75 gallon, and the $89 / 0.75 for red.  Can't really beat that, and way cheaper than the BC/CC I shot on the TR6.



Peabody MegaDork
6/12/22 7:08 p.m.

For race cars I use a decent industrial enamel. I used Limco paints the last few times and they held up well and looked really good.

I haven't painted anything in a while, but automotive supply shops should custom tint it for you if you show them a colour.

GeddesB GRM+ Memberand Reader
6/12/22 7:59 p.m.
californiamilleghia UltraDork
6/12/22 9:03 p.m.

I liked the tractor supply paint but it took a long time to dry without using hardener , 

How does normal automotive paint stick to the tractor supply enamel .

rustyvw GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/12/22 9:20 p.m.

You should try their prices are good.  A couple people on this board recommended them when I asked about painting the Saab.  

buzzboy SuperDork
6/12/22 9:46 p.m.

In reply to wake74 :

Oooh, I'm checking them out. Another good source

In reply to Peabody :

The first time I shot the car was with an industrial enamel. Shot easy, laid flat, looked good, and didn't hold up great. Maybe I'll try a different brand and better prep.

In reply to GeddesB :

I wouldn't mind a cheap tractor paint like that but I want a custom color. I suppose I could try and mix it myself. Hmmm....


itsarebuild GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/12/22 9:55 p.m.

For chrome nothing really seems to work forever. I have had my best luck scuffing with a scotch right then using self etching primer before a sandable primer. 

californiamilleghia UltraDork
6/13/22 12:13 p.m.

Years ago when the Paint your car with a roller fade was going , 

it seemed that Rustoleum was made by the same company that made the paint for Ace Hardware etc , 

So  maybe looking up who makes Tractor Supply paint or whatever paint you are thinking about , 

My only worry is what happens when you later  paint over this alkyd  enamel paint with synthetic paint , will it react , not stick or bubble ?   I have no idea.....

Peabody MegaDork
6/14/22 8:10 a.m.

In reply to buzzboy :

I still have a car that I painted with Limco enamel from the local auto supply place, early 2003 and it's held up very well. I think it was ~$50/gallon then

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