Painting Wood with Automotive paint


Old 06-11-13, 07:04 AM
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Painting Wood with Automotive paint

Looking like this weekend I'm painting the wife's and my own dragon boat paddles. My wife was eyeing the shelf of automotive paint in the basement (Brilliant Black and Plum Crazy) and wants her paddle painted with it.
The paddles are ash and maple, with a clear urethane coat finish. I know I'm going to have to sand down the finish before starting with the paint. The paint and clear coats will be all rattle can or spray gun (I have a half gallon of Brilliant Black).
My question is, what kind of primer should I use?

Would automotive primer work?

Here is what the paddles look like (I believe this is the exact ones we have).
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Old 06-11-13, 10:00 AM
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Automotive primer would likely work ok. You could probably use most any solvent based wood primer too .... as long as it's compatible with the automotive paint [most likely ok] About the only automotive coatings I'd be extra leery of would be lacquers.
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