What Paint for a $450 Car?

crashtech

Combo Man
In the old days, having dozens of quart cans of paint on the shelf was normal for several reasons. But paint has gotten so expensive that leftovers represent a severe financial drain. Lately most of my paltry leftovers go as ground coats for bumpers and jambs to minimize the amount of new color needed. Gathering enough leftovers to paint a car in today's refinish market is at least about $500 of basecoat. But a similar idea would be to check the paint store to see what they have in the way of goofups or no shows.
 

Chris_Hamilton

Trying to be the best me, I can be
I wondered about tinting SPI white. At this point I’ll see what the local paint supply shop has for base when they open back up next week and use Euro clear. I’m planning on spraying some flattened clear on a different project and from reading it seems like most people are getting less orange peel with Euro than with Universal, so I’ve been wanting to try it on something less important first.

Like TK said you won't need basecoat, just a few grams of black and red shade yellow toners. If you are on good friendly terms with your Jobber he might even do it for little or no charge. Barry has said that most of the quality base systems out there you can use their toners. It wont take much.
 

crashtech

Combo Man
Some of us may even have access to the formula you want in the basecoat version you might be getting toners for. That would be a good guide but you couldn't assume the SPI would tint the same. I'd get the formula and put maybe half of the toner amounts in and see how it's reacting.
 

Slofut

Promoted Users
What if some of us on the forum could come up with enough donations of the same brand to send to John? If it was a color mix it could be the forum Astronaut color. Only extra I have right now though is a qt of MS base, I forget what color but he's welcome to it. ;)
 

theastronaut

Promoted Users
I was looking around at my leftover paint and actually have a decent amount of single stage black and white, probably not quite enough for two coats though of each, although Nardo Grey is super popular right now lol. We don't really do any other body/paint work other than our restorations so we don't end up with much leftovers as far as basecoat or SS colors go.

With the amount of work I've sunk into it so far I'll call Monday and get an order of SPI white epoxy and SS sent this way. I've been using three coats of epoxy as a one step "high build" which I'll need over the spots where dents were fixed and the rear quarters, I've got the filler dialed in close enough that three coats of epoxy should be good for blocking with 280 to flatten the peel then wetsand smooth with 500. I'm off all week so I should have time to finish fixing the dents and get prepped/painted.


It's become a mini-widebody since my last post. I bought wheels with the right offset to clear the struts and 9" wide to get the right amount of sidewall stretch that I had pictured in my head with 205/50 tires. 8" with 195 wide tires would've had the same stretch and been easier to fit but I found a killer deal on Hoosier radial 205's locally, so 9" was set in stone at that point. The front fender lips rolled flat easily since they're single layer, and pulls out over the tire by hand pretty easily. The rear wheel opening is really stout since the folded lip is welded directly to the inner wheel house, so there was no room to be gained for wheel/tire clearance without cutting.

Front clearance after rolling/pulling the fenders and slotting the struts to allow a few degrees of negative camber.

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Cutting the rear for more clearance, then pushing it out with a portapower. Gained right at an inch before the outer quarter didn't like flexing in ways it wasn't meant to and buckled vertically directly over the wheel, so I stuck a long 3/8" extension in the new opening and practiced my non-existent paintless dent repair skills.

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Which I patched with a 2" strip and plug welds. Ugly and semi-functional.

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Before/after, both with the stock slight positive camber.

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Stock profile.

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New profile:

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The camber wont' be anything crazy, no more than -5. I run -4/-3.5 on my daily and with the toe set to zero tires last long enough. Handles better and cuts through standing rain better than zero camber, and also makes it look like a real race car, right?

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theastronaut

Promoted Users
Didn't get as far as I wanted to; getting the second quarter widened took awhile, the spoiler was a mess, I ended up pulling bumpers off a parts car instead of trying to prep the originals, and I spent most of one day driving to NC to pick up a really nice original hard top that popped up on craigslist for only $50.. couldn't pass that up! But for now all the bodywork is roughed in and the bare metal/filler spots are sealed with a couple coats of epoxy. I think I can get by with doing a small amount of touch up and spraying a couple more coats of epoxy to make it all slick enough for paint. I also shaved the front emblem mounting holes, the antenna hole, and I'm planning on going back and shaving the wiper washer holes and I'll probably shave the spoiler mounting holes, I'm not 100% sure I'll use it. I'm tempted to shoot 3 coats of high build and block it to make it super straight now...


For kicks I took a spring out and test fit a wheel and tire for the first time since stretching the rear quarters. I'll narrow the lower control arms to bring in the bottom of the wheel for less camber,and I may need to make an adjustable trailing arm to center the wheel in the opening but I'm really happy with the way the top fits in the newly shaped wheel opening.

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This angle really makes the wider quarters apparent.

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