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Flat Black

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by potter142, May 17, 2011.

  1. potter142
    Joined: Mar 20, 2010
    Posts: 48

    from Tn

    I'm curious. I have a "35" Ford chopped sedan and it's painted with "Flat Black"
    epoxy primer. I like the look for now, however here's the rub. How do you
    keep the finish looking good? I know there are plenty of HRs on HAMB with
    flat black paint and most of them look cleaner and nicer then mine. I only
    ask because we are headed to the "Good Guys" in Nashville soon and I'd like
    a better look. What am I missing?
  2. I guess you are missing the search function?

    Steel wool and elbo grease. Here's the rub you either wax one or steel wool one both take a lot of work to keep looking pristine.

    Or you could just forget about it and go and have a good time. If it aint fun there is no reason to do it.
  3. GaryB
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,529

    from Reno,nv

    a paint job[​IMG]
  4. Why not paint it with a flat paint? Or, you can use clear top coat with a flattening agent over the primer to keep it nice.
    Primer was never really meant as a top coat and it will suck up moisture like a sponge, holding it against the sheet metal. It will also fade a lot faster than paint will, especially if not top-coated.
    In your case, hit the primer with a 600 or 800 grit to knock it down to an even appearance. Unless you cover it with something, you will have to do this again, and you will eventually get to the point that you'll burn through the primer in spots.

  5. Skcollob
    Joined: Mar 16, 2011
    Posts: 50

    from UK, Kambs

    Epoxy isn't UV stable so it will "chalk up" after a while, it needs topcoating. Although, my trailer lived outside in bare black epoxy and it did take a couple of years, but started going chalky white sure enough.

    Current car is 2k satin (though is being changed). It keeps OK with a wash, have to wipe most water off or tidemarks etc show.
  6. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    x2 just paint it!

  7. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    Wizzards = Good stuff for flat black.
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
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    Posts: 1,904


  9. My buddy has the same black epoxy finish on his Tee sedan -He cleans it with spray-on quick detailer(like Mothers) and a rag-has been cleaning it this way for 5 years and looks great:D
  10. R Frederick
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 2,658

    R Frederick
    from illinois

    Amen!!! :rolleyes:
  11. racer32
    Joined: Sep 22, 2007
    Posts: 745


    Epoxy primer won't allow water to penetrate, so that's not a problem. Skcollob is right-it'll chalk up because of UV.
  12. chopperfugger
    Joined: May 29, 2009
    Posts: 83

    from austin

    Simple Green cleans and gives a nice look to flat black.

    Also Back to Black - Mother's

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