Originally Posted by chiefmurph
New Guy here and need a little help. I'm pretty much ready to start my first plug. I've gathered a bunch of information on sealing, primings, painting then clear or top coat finish.
My questions are:
1. Sealing- I've picked up some Envirotex and will be using that. Is this good for the initial sealing process or am I reading things wrong here?
2. Priming and painting- I know I have to use compatible primer and paint, but what is the best paint to use? Lacquer or acrylic or something else?
3. Top Coat (Final Clear Coat) I'm thinking I can use the Et-ex for this also. Am I wrong?
Thanks for any help you talented group of folks can throw my way.
first welcome to the site...
Yes, et-ex can be used as a plug sealer, Sudsy did an in depth how too here on the site.. a little research ( it sounds like you already have) will make it available...
I prefer to do my plugs old school with a 60/40 mixture of boiled linseed oil and orderless mineral spirits sweetened with 10% pentrol... all precautions must be adhered to when disposing of rags/towels using this method because there is a possibility of spontaneous combustion...
primer is a matter of choice, some use regular automotive type primer, others opt for binz shellac based primer ( red label) I personally use Binz cover stain oil based primer thinned about 10% with orderless mineral spirits and sprayed with an automotive type spray gun....( oil based sealer is best to adhered to with an oil based primer)
Paint again will spark debated, I have used just about everything except latex... for proto types, I use spray(can) lacquer, with a lacquer clear coat....
for my "production" plugs I use several different water based acrylics, Delta ceramacote is my #1 choice, I also use Anita's and Folk art... all these paints must be thinned approx 50 % with water or a thinning agent..
For epoxy clear, Envirotex is among the favorites, as is Devcon 2 ton epoxy...
there are alot of factors involved with layering sealers ,primers and paints... be sure to let each coat/layer cure fully before applying the next.. each layer is only as strong as the layer below it, the most common rookie mistake is not waiting long enough (at least 24 hours) between each layer which results in a peeled finish... take your time and enjoy the experience.. it's a fun and entertaining hobby...