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A question for you paint guys!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by drunkrock, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. drunkrock
    Joined: Apr 10, 2007
    Posts: 78

    from Long Beach

    Im getting ready to have my 56' buick painted after many months of body work thats finally finished. My dilemma is I dont want to cheap out on the paint after all the hard work put into the body, but i dont want to spend unnecesssary money either. So my question is should i use omni solvent based paint (500.00$ cheaper) or get off my empty wallet and use transtar water base? I am spending the money on the transtar clear (2 gal.) Any thoughts. Thanks, Jeremy
  2. yblock292
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,937


    Painting in a booth? Water base ( as i inderstand) has a long cure time
  3. ZRX61
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 175

    from The AV

    I wouldn't use either, but thats just me. You can still buy the *good stuff* in California, you just need to know where to go. Not familiar with the places local to you tho... or you can have a friend buy it in Arizona or Nevada for you... ;)
  4. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,277


    IMO Omni is for collision work or to paint something cheap before selling....haha.
    And I've never tried the Transtar.....I just know that I hate shooting waterbased paints....

  5. dan67
    Joined: Jun 12, 2010
    Posts: 9


    I honestly didn't like the omni color nearly as much as the PPG dbc counterpart. I used the same paint code jet black in both lines, and put together, the omni looks almost brown compared to the ppg. The waterbased color may be difficult to spray wtihout the right booth or drying lights to help it along. What color are you doing? Some of the colors may look good in omni, but the pearls and metallics don't look as uniform if you get down and look super close at the paint. I know a few guys that use the Transtar stuff a lot, and it seems to hold up well. I personally prefer to use one system from metal to clearcoat, just so I know that every solvent, hardner, chemical, etc.... has been designed by someone smarter than me to work and adhere to the previous layer.
  6. joel
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 2,261


    Ditto, I'd use ppg.
  7. Ob1
    Joined: Jan 21, 2010
    Posts: 411


    Look for a brand called Wanda, made by Azko Nobel.
  8. drunkrock
    Joined: Apr 10, 2007
    Posts: 78

    from Long Beach

    Its going to be painted in a charge by hour booth so i dont have the luxury of time. (dan67) thanks for the info i am using pearls
  9. sephgato
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 699

    from fenton

    i have had good luck with PPG and I sprayed Omni lays down okay but it is like the others have said, not the best choice after doing a lot of body work. House of Kolor is nice to spray.....cashy, but nice
  10. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,634


    PPG or HOK. If you're painting the car to turn heads, forget the Omni. The PPG Deltron, DBC line is real nice, as is their Vibrance (which is BIG money).

    If your spraying HOK and doing a complete, show quality paint job, it would not be out of the question to drop $1500-$2000 on materials and not waste any. You'll have one helluva paint job when you're done though. Worth every penny
  11. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal

    Hey Jeremy,

    Unless someone was holding a 9mm to my head, I wouldn't use Tree Hugger Kool-Aid (waterborne paint material) on anything! You're going to be top coating it with a solvent based clear, anyways, so what's the thinkin'? Too, unless your metalwork is dead nuts, and I don't mean to be flingin' fecal matter at your efforts related to your skill, spending $800.00-$1,200.00 in paint material to cover so-so metalwork is stupid!
    Look over OMNI, Nason, or SouthernUrethanes product lines if this is your first paint job.

    " Meanwhyle, back aboard The Tainted Pork "
  12. R.Otto
    Joined: Aug 5, 2008
    Posts: 251


    IMO any paint looks good if laid down right I just see the dillema of how long its going to last out in the elements
  13. BISHOP
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,571


    There, you have your answer. I would spend the money on HOK, you wont be disapointed.
  14. kenseth17
    Joined: Aug 16, 2005
    Posts: 69


    I wouldn't use either for a hot rod either. I hate waterbase, but if being honest, haven't sprayed any since 1990, since school wanted us to get some exposure to spraying various types of paint, vs just urethane, which already had pretty much taken over, even though still a fairly new system.

    I sprayed a ton of omni, having worked at a used car dealer years back, but IMO its one of the worst cheap basecoats.

    I'd too recommend spending the extra money for dbc over omni. More mixing colors and research should mean its closer to the color, more vibrant, and coverage is more often then not much better then omni. If it takes twice as many coats to cover, then there goes much of the cost savings, not to mention omni is an enamel base which will be be a bit harder to work with and spray,not as good metallic control, be slower dry, and not as high of quality. and if you have to spray a lot of coats to get hiding, that extra material thickness isn't really the greatest thing either.

    If you are spraying a factory color, and want to save a few bucks over dbc then look for the prospray base by usc. I've been ordering it online, and its run half price of my local jobber has quoted me for dbc in the same color code. Its a polyester base, like many of the better lines, and I really haven't noticed much of a difference from chromabase or dbc, which I had sprayed a fair amount of in the past. In fact think coverage may be better then chromabase is a lot of the time, if you don't adhere to duponts valueshade recommendation. Metallics have laid evenly without much effort, and other then yellow for my brothers truck(not normally known to be a great coverer) have had coverage in 2 to 3 coats.
    I too have been using southern polyurethanes epoxy primer and universal clearcoat last few things I've. Great product, great support, but won't burn a hole in your pocket, and products are more geared to the do it yourselfer, then the collision shops-like dbc and chromabase are, which need to bang out several cars a week.
  15. stroupedesign
    Joined: May 8, 2010
    Posts: 180

    from Tustin, CA

    Transtar is really cheap clear. Will probably yellow in a few years. It's great for sand rails and motocross helmets because they'll be trashed long before the yellowing happens. I would stick with HOK for the base color. And use either a Dupont, PPG, or Vertis clear. Or even HOK clear. It can be a little "testy" sometimes.

    Waterbourne bases need specialized guns, tons of airflow and are not recommended if you've never sprayed them. If you put the paint on too heavy, it will bead up, or run. You can't wet sand it. So you have to wash it off and start over.

    I've never used OMNI. But what I have been using with awesome success is Valspar single stage Omega 2 and clearcoating over it. I know it sounds crazy but single stage is basically clear with pigment and binders added to it. I've attached a photo of a recent job using single stage and clear top coat. Don't tell OSHA!

    Attached Files:

  16. loco_gringo
    Joined: Sep 2, 2009
    Posts: 583


    Sometimes you really get what you pay for. If you've spent the time to get the body straight and you plan on keeping the car, spend the money - and just say no to Transtar. It kinda depends on what you want, HOC or PPG would be my vote.
    Joined: Jun 4, 2010
    Posts: 95

    from St George

    Im a dupont man...spray it every day...and love it! They have a cheaper line called nasson which is pretty much there older line kept around after updating to new stuff and it is a great product. There value shade system and powder pearls are awesome.
    The problem your gonna have is the California voc regs! make a trip to vegas and get a decent product that isnt regulated by the stupid CA laws! That water base stuff is to keep up with the new laws and regs and really isnt good product or as easy to shoot...In my opinion.
  18. onlychevrolets
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 2,307


    For my money it'd have PPG....
  19. 61 Tx Cat
    Joined: Jan 9, 2010
    Posts: 77

    61 Tx Cat

    My last project the painter used Sikkens from Akzo Nobel
  20. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,277


    HOK is cheaper, for the most part, than PPG....FWIW.
    Also, Valspar is priced lower yet, and is basically the same stuff as HOK. (Valspar makes HOK).
  21. The Hank
    Joined: Mar 18, 2008
    Posts: 779

    The Hank
    from CO

  22. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,634


    Cheaper in price, not in quality.

    I'm sure you guys know the car, but for the sake of the thread, here's my '57, painted by Slowandlow63 at Moonlite Kustoms.


    By the time every last thing is painted and buffed, I'll have around $1300 in materials alone in paint. HOK at every step; epoxy primer, ko-sealer, base coats, kandy coat, inter-coat and dry-pearl, and clear. HOK does NOT like it when you mix paint systems, so don't even consider trying to cheap out on one step to save money, ESPECIALLY clear. I bought all my stuff through Smart Shoppers and was very happy with their service and prices. We busted our asses making the body of the car nice, just as I'm sure you did on your Buick (which is probably a 1/3 larger than my Ford). Cheaping out on the paint nullifies your hard work. Suck it up, bite the bullet and spend the money on a quality paint system. Paint is the first thing you see, it draws you in, and you'll be thankful you went the distance every time you look at your car.
  23. drunkrock
    Joined: Apr 10, 2007
    Posts: 78

    from Long Beach

    Well it started out as "JUST" a paint job then turned into a full blown restoration/custom. Omni is now out of the question and i dont have the time as much as i would like to drive to vegas and pickup some oil based goods. Please keep the comments coming as i was in a hurry to purchase paint and now i have slammed on the brakes.
  24. The Hank
    Joined: Mar 18, 2008
    Posts: 779

    The Hank
    from CO

    Check the link above , I don't know if they ship to CA or not.
  25. 53210
    Joined: Dec 18, 2007
    Posts: 64

    from canada

    You guys are stuck in the past,modern waterborne paints work 10x better than solvent based paints ever did,better color match,less coats to coverage,easier metallic orientation,the list goes on.
    I sprayed solvent for years,and for the past 3 years been shooting waterborne @ work.
    I'd never go back,unless it were to do a candy job,as we don't have waterborne candies readily availible up here.
    In fact as of the end of June,non VOC compliant sales are banned in Canada,can't even bring across the border anymore.
  26. auto air colors.... all day long.
  27. SlowandLow63
    Joined: Sep 18, 2004
    Posts: 5,958

    from Central NJ

    Well I guess there's no point in replying now. :D Thanks Joe.
  28. davis574ord
    Joined: May 21, 2009
    Posts: 785


    o0mni is for trailers, not cars, its fuckin junk! i use chroma base- dupont, never had any problems, you get what you pay for!
  29. bbc 1957 gasser
    Joined: Aug 3, 2007
    Posts: 685

    bbc 1957 gasser

    transtar clear is shit . i wouldnt paint a model car with it ..

    look in my photos all my stuff is done with valspar base coats and omni mc260 clear ,
  30. drunkrock
    Joined: Apr 10, 2007
    Posts: 78

    from Long Beach

    Thanks again guys. Im glad i came on here before i made my purchase. HOK seems to be the favorite and pricewise its not to far off from transtar. Now if someone could point me in the right direction of a rubber kit for the car my day would be great.

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