I'm in the process of stripping/sandblasting the frame on my '96 250. I want to paint it with a rust preventitive paint. What are your opinions on the type to use? I know POR15 is great, but I've heard it's not the last word in paints. Any opinions? I'm looking for a semi-gloss black frame finish.
a friend of mine was just painting some chassis parts from his rice burner,imeanhonda.
last week and he painted the arms with a paint purchased from advance auto. brand is ht something, its an epoxy paint, it says its for shocks/struts. the reason i am typing all this is because he painted the a-arms with this stuff and then decided to put in the control arm bushings and they wouldnt fit because there was paint in the holes. he tried scraping some off with his knife and it wouldnt budge! he then pulled out a wire brush and it still wouldnt come off. he ended up with his dremel and about 10 minutes later had it all clean again. thats some tough paint.
POR-15 is good stuff and about bulletproof but it's murder on your spray gun if you don't clean it well immediately after spraying. I think you can brush it on and it will level itself as well. It's shiny black but you can spray a chassis black over it if you want a flatter black.
Diesel Brad I saw your resto pics and the frame looks unreal! That's pretty much how I'm trying to get mine to look. The only thing is, is Rustoleum all that tough? I know POR15 is like ceramic once it dries. Remember, I'm in the northeast and the road salt here is brutal. So I'm not only looking to get it good-looking, but I need it protected. How do you think the Rustoleum does in that department?
My boss always does his pick up frames in rustolium. He does his every other year. But for prep he just powerwashes the frame. If he would actually sand and prep the frame correctly it would last much longer.
As for the POR-15. my brother needle scaled his frame last fall. Then wipped it down w lacquer thinner. then 2 coats of POR. He has little rust spots comming thur all over the frame after one winter. And it gets powerwashed for about 20 min after every snow storm
I actually have the sample kit from Rust Bullet. Its 2 small cans about a pint each or something like that. I haven't used them on anything yet. I know that I have read on several forums that people like it.
When I did the frame on my 84 F150 restoration I had it completely sandblasted, went with a zinc oxide primer and four coats of Rustoleum gloss black. I swear by Rustoleum, it's the most affordable protection money can buy. I use it on all my undercarriage components, floor boards, etc. In fact tonight I just finished repainting my snow plow with Rustoleum. From my own experiences it looks good, holds up pretty well to the elements and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.