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How much paint
#1257808 Wed Mar 07 2018 04:58 PM
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How much paint does it take to paint a 2 ton frame? I was thinking of using Zero Rust. I thought of Por-15, but did a search on this site and it looks like the Zero Rust is just as good or even better. I may top coat it too, so it doesn't fade. Zero Rust says to put on 2 coats. I was wondering how much I need to buy. If any body has done this let me know how much paint I should get.

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Re: How much paint
Super55 #1257817 Wed Mar 07 2018 06:55 PM
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Re: How much paint
Super55 #1257934 Thu Mar 08 2018 09:06 PM
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Paul, a quart did my 1/2 ton pickup with two coats and had just a bit left over. You'll need a little more.

Don't try to do it all in one coat..... note: most paint supply stores, if any size at all, now stock the POR 15 so a discount may be available if you know someone with an account plus there is no shipping.

It tells you to seal it tight. I drill a 1/4" hole in the top of the can and then, making sure the top is clean, seal it with a piece of duct tape. I have a small pint can I have used several times for over a year and it still flows out good. Be sure to use only small amounts at one time as this stuff will dry fast. That is why I like drilling a hole in the top. instead of opening and closing the lid every few minutes. Buy disposable brushes and don't be afraid to toss one every few minute so you can keep spreading it nice and smooth. (although it levels out pretty nicely)

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Re: How much paint
Super55 #1257954 Fri Mar 09 2018 01:24 AM
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Alvin, have you ever tried Zero Rust? I have some of that already, and if I want a gallon of Por-15 it's on sale for $150 CDN locally. Also, should I paint everything on the chassis, like the brake lines and vacuum lines? Leaving the fittings free of paint on those lines. I was using a fibre wheel today and it's amazing I think there is still original paint in places. If I go with either Zero Rust or Por-15 I still need to top coat it to avoid fading.

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Re: How much paint
Super55 #1258006 Fri Mar 09 2018 03:56 PM
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Zero Rust is same as Poor15 without the price and marketing BS. They are both moisture cured urethane... not science fiction... just paint.
Both are better coatings when applied to bare steel but will stick to a preexisting coating (paint) just fine.
Frames don't get direct sunlight so fade shouldn't be a concern, but if it is, you could use a polyurethane or a simple Alkyd enamel like Rustoleum over top the Zero Rust but unless you are building a trailer queen, I doubt you need to be concerned with fade.
Keep the Zero Rust off anything that is a "serviceable" item such as brake lines etc.... concentrate on the frame and anything riveted (or bolted) to the frame. Keep it off anything that you are wearing because it will ruin what it gets on because you will not get it off. Wear gloves because you will not get it off your hands!
One coat is sufficient. Keep moving... work fast because your brush will start to harden up as you work with it. Buy lots of cheap brushes and toss them when they get stiff and grab a new one. You are not going to clean them.
I wouldn't buy a gallon because once you open it, it starts to cure in the can. Buy quarts, once opened, plan to use it all because you can't save this paint... like I said..once you open the can, it will start to harden. It will WELD the lid on if you try to seal the can and save some for later.
I'd think that two quarts would be enough, but buy three and keep the receipt so you can return any unopened cans.
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Re: How much paint
Super55 #1258019 Fri Mar 09 2018 04:31 PM
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If you’re going with the por-15 it won’t stick to a smooth service. It likes sand blasted or rusted surfaces. Also won’t stick to a wire wheeled service. It will peel off in sheets even if you use the acid etch they sell.

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Re: How much paint
Super55 #1258969 Sat Mar 17 2018 07:22 AM
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The prep is everything with the POR15...and it's easy to screw it up. I sandblasted, then used their degreaser, then their acid etch. The thing is, if you don't keep the acid wet during the process from beginning to end, and if you don't get every last bit of it rinsed off of the metal, the POR15 will do horrible things. Do it right, and it will be as good as, or better than powder coat. I have had both good experiences and bad experiences with POR15- the bad times were when I rushed a process and didn't follow the instructions to the letter, or when laid it on when it was just too darn cold to be painting with it. If it's done right, you can hammer on it and it will not chip off. You can buy a gallon of it, but go to the hardware store and get a couple empty quart cans and then right when you open the gallon can, pour half of it into them and seal them immediately- use those cans last- it'll keep for a good while that way.

As gonagain stated above, do NOT wire wheel the surface- it acts like a polisher and then there is nothing for the paint to adhere to.

As far as painting brake lines- if you have replaced the lines, then I see no problem with doing that, but if you still have original lines, I wouldn't paint over them, as they will be impossible to inspect after that, and at nearly 70 years old, it's probably getting close to the time when they should be replaced? Not something to mess round with, especially if you plan on keeping the single circuit brake system. Just my .02


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Re: How much paint
Super55 #1259010 Sat Mar 17 2018 04:24 PM
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Zero Rust is fantastic. It has helped me restore a couple m00stangs and my truck.

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