By Kellison Jim Date 2012-03-23 02:13
Since we are getting closer to painting the Sportsman, I was wondering how much paint, clear etc is needed to paint your basic Manx clone dune buggy. I would love to have my boat buddy gel coat it but that would cost too much. We're thinking about metalflaking it but will most likely just paint it a metalic color.
By Brad H 1498 Date 2012-03-23 12:25
Mine used about a litre of paint. I have another litre sitting in the basement if I need to repaint something. I'm not sure how much clearcoat as I didn't buy it, my buddy who painted the car supplied it.
KEN...... WHERE ARE YOU????
By Jeffrey P 655 Date 2012-03-23 13:34
When I painted my Manx I used Kirker paint. It comes in a 3/4 gallon and you mix it with an activator to make 1 sprayable gallon. Their clear comes in 1 gallon and you add an activator so its a little more than 1 gallon sprayable.
I used just about all of it to paint the Manx, tank, side pods, cage, and other small parts. I may have had a pint of paint left over and very little clear (I use a little more than needed so I can color sand).
By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2012-03-23 19:16
Color choice means a lot, some colors cover better than others, a even coat of primer for a base for your paint is also important, the paint supplier should be able to give yo a idea of how good the particular color covers, I would rather have paint left over VS not enough to cover it correctly, I would never try to paint a body with only 1 quart of base coat ( not saying you cant but I dont take the chance of running short ) 1 quart gives you almost a half a gallon of sprayable material once you reduce it so it can be done with a good covering paint, As far as clear I dont use reducer just clear and activator , so my suggestion would be 1/2 gallon of clear + the activator, just remember in some cases it is almost as cheap to buy a gallon of clear VS 2 Quarts, I never mix the whole gallon on something as small as a buggy body. Hope this helps.
Allison Daytona Ken .....................................
By Brad H 1498 Date 2012-03-24 01:05
I knew the OLD painter would have the right advice How you doin' buddy????
By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2012-03-24 02:14
Doing fine Brad you bought ready for the salt flats ? And Jim my suggestion on the base color is 2 quarts + reducer, better to have more than enough than not enough, and nice job Jerrery. Take care guys , Later
By Kellison Jim Date 2012-03-24 04:04
Thanks for the help guys! Just got in from sanding, glassing, sanding, body filler and more sanding. My Boat buddy asked if I would rather have him gel coat it with flakes and I said, hell ya! He even mentioned putting stripes in the gel coat like the Allison's. Only catch is I have to do all the sanding and buffing which he said couild be some long hours. What's your guys thought. Paint, Paint and flake or gel coat?
By andrew s 1965 Date 2012-03-24 04:27
Go for the gel coat !!!
Have the Allison with original gel coat and doris's with paint and gel coat is way better.
By Brad H 1498 Date 2012-03-24 17:40
No brainer, gelcoat. We cut and polished my paint on the buggy for about 4 hours when it was done.
By Allison Daytona Ken Date 2012-03-25 02:02
My vote " Gel Coat "
By David L 2084 Date 2012-03-26 00:52
Flake for sure, but either one if quality materials are used. The cost of a gallon of cheap clear is around 80 bucks. The cost for a gallon of good Dupont clear is about 200. It does not take very long looking at a poor quality clear finish to realize you should have spent the extra and purchased the good stuff as the first choice. The flakes for a flake finish are cheap, like 75 bucks a pound. When I painted my manx clone, I used one quart of base, 10 ounces of flake, one complete gallon of flake carrying clear, and about 3 quarts of good clear as a final coat, leaving plenty to color sand. I painted the entire interior and exterior of the buggy, but I had no side pods or anything else. But definitely go FLAKE!!
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