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Offline redguy

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yet another question about snowflake's
« on: March 27, 2008, 05:20:00 PM »
hi guys ,this question is for brett or anyone experienced with snowflake restoration. i just finished doing the metal finishing part of restoreing my 15 x 8 snowflakes , now im ready for the paint. not really sure to use enamel or lacquer. and i think i read before that brett doesnt clear his rims unless requested , but i think im gonna clear mine just because it going to be an everyday driver. so what type of clear should i use?  any help would be aprisheated. thanks

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Re: yet another question about snowflake's
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2008, 07:54:36 AM »
I'm not Brett but...If I were to clear a set of rims here's what I would do:

1. Use same type of clear (ie. enamel clear over enamel paint or lacquer clear over lacquer paint)
2. Put some flex additive in the clear - to give the clear a little bit of give when it comes to stone chips

What I will be doing with my set of rims is either sending them off to Pete at Fbodywarehouse OR having my local Keystone do them. In either case I will request clear powdercoat on top of them as I don't want the maintenance headache of keeping the aluminum looking bright.


If I might ask - why are you thinking lacquer? It's old paint technology. Since about the early-mid 80's everything has been changing over to enamels or acrylic enamels (or now water based enamels due to EPA concerns).

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Re: yet another question about snowflake's
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2008, 05:37:16 PM »
thanks for the info brian. as for the paint question,i asked that because i know nothing about paint . only thing ive ever painted is the walls  in my house :P  yeah , i didnt know that laquer's are pretty much outdated. thanks again

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Re: yet another question about snowflake's
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2008, 07:10:08 PM »
True they are outdated (laquers ) but i can still buy it here in the Uk.

To be honest theres no reason why you couldnt get a good finish with an aerosol of clear.
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( no point in adding what else i keep changing them ! )