I'm looking at buying a W123 in a solid colour, but I'm curious to know what sort of paint would originally have been on it. It's a 1983 model, IIRC, so was that still cellulose or 2 pack? I can't remember when manufacturers started to change over.
I think I'd have to talk to my local paint supplier as to whether water based would be a reasonable match or whether I'd need some solvent based paint to paint my caravan to match my car....In todays market if you were considering repainting the vehicle you would have to use waterbase paint and a compliant lacquer...compliant in the sense that it complies with todays regulations..
2 Pack and solvent based paints can only be used on boats, motorcycles, lorries and farm machinery..
So if you want 2k paint ..you have to state i'm painting a boat,etc...
Completely agree. Local paint supplier in the past has said what has been said on here. They can supply water based no problem, but if you want solvent based it can't be for a car. To the point that if you weren't known to them and you ordered a bucketful of solvent based that matched a car colour they'd ask you to sign a disclaimer saying what you were using it for. Of course, they can still sell you a few crates of rattle cans, which is economically and environmentally nonsensical, but, like you say, those are the rules.Actually waterbase will be a better paint match than the solvent based paint..but those are the rules, I doubt if any paint supplier would supply solvent based paint for car respraying..The madness of Brussels once again..
the ironic thing with these regulations is that it was mainly because the hardener in 2k paint contains isocyanides (cyanide poison basically). problem i see with water based stuff is that the laquer (or clearcoat as many bodyshop contacts i get chance to speak to occasionally) also requires the same hardener to be mixed in with it! all the water based paint does is reduce the VOC (cant remember what it stands for, sorry. hope someone is able to remind me!)levels in the paint process! it was said that ou couldnt buy cellulose paint/thinners etc a few years ago. i bought a litre last year for a touch up on the transit i had, without any problems! and they knew why i wanted it!
VOC = volatile Organic Compounds...and the new 2K lacquers contain much less harmful chemicals than the previous lot.. or so we are told..
the guy that taught me to paint retired early. having said that, he must be around 75 years old now! i know thats not old, but not bad for a painter! sadly ive done very little painting for about 8 years so im a little rusty, and ive never ever used water based paint yet! im sure i will get to try it when i do the arches on the 210 though!
With heat lamps you can, practice first on a neighbors car
are heat lamps necessary or will it just air dry like the old stuff did? incidentally a neighbour has been annoying the whole street lately with his untaxed cars lying around. maybe i should use them to practise on!!