painting my truck


Old 03-10-08, 12:43 PM
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painting my truck

I have decided to paint my truck myself. I have used Rustoleum enamel with a hardner before with satifactory results. Since I am going for the 'rat rod' look, I have decided on satin black. Most hardners are what the label say are gloss hardners. I dont want any gloss at all. The flat black seems too flat. What should I look for in a non gloss hardner or can I add anything to dull the gloss. I really wanted a dark gay but cant find it in a flat or satin finish. Or am I ?
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Old 03-10-08, 05:20 PM
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I don't have an answer for you but I've always wondered if the gloss hardener for equipment enamel would add sheen to flat paint. Let us know if you go that route

SWP sells a gloss modifier for oil base enamels [I don't know if it is available to the general public] It is recomended to be used sparingly on exterior paints - I presume too much will affect how the paint weathers.
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yes there is a product for that. it is a gloss/sheen flatner that is added to the paint. any good paint(automotive) store should have it since RAT RODS have become so popular. DON'T buy your paint at a hardware/bulk store. they don't have automotive paint. besides, the people at the automotive store will be willing and able to assist and answer any questions you have about primer, sealer, tape, reducer etc.. good luck and WEAR A MASK AND VENT PROPERLY!!!!
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Thanks, As I stated, I have used this type of paint before. The way I figured it was that if it was good enough for farm equipment, as stated on the can, it would work well enough for a work truck. It was actually sprayed in a friends paint booth, as the neighbors complained the last time when I did this in my back yard. Rightfully so, I might add. This was years ago and I had no idea of the affects. We all have become aware of the problems when not doing things the RIGHT way. All I do at home now is the major prep work. I even try doing most primer work at my friends. The last truck was painted gloss white and the hardner was a gloss hardner. I just didnt know if there was a hardner that would reduce the shine. Ill ask around at the local paint supply houses. Thanks again, Mark. I will post pictures if anyone is interested.

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