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Imron paint?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 270283, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. 270283
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 418


    Is the Imron paint that was popular in the Seventies any more difficult to remove or paint over than regular paint? I will be looking at a car that was painted with it back then and would want to change colors eventually. Thanks in advance for any guidance.
  2. ThePuck
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 116

    from Ottawa

    If the paint is aged and has lost its sheen, it should strip just like any other paint.
  3. Black Primer
    Joined: Oct 1, 2007
    Posts: 966

    Black Primer

    I used to paint my dump bodies with Imron every couple of years. The sandblasters always said it was a bitch to blast clean.
  4. Bead blast it or dip it Less warpage

  5. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,955

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    It's tough paint to strip!
  6. nmbuellist
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 462


    I wrecked a pickup painted with it---came off in big chunks
  7. onlychevrolets
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 2,307


    it is HARD.....stripper works better than sanding
  8. SpeedRacer2002
    Joined: Jan 11, 2002
    Posts: 777


    sodablasting polishes it.. lol
  9. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    If it's a color change you want and it's got a sound base, block sand it with 400grit and put on what you want.
  10. The original Imron was a very hard paint and it is difficult to remove. They used to have Cyanide in the hardener which has been outlawed. The newer stuff is not as hard.
  11. Johnny1290
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,834


    I just remember the voodoo surrounding that paint being 'deadly' to inhale, in the 80's.
  12. MarkzRodz
    Joined: Sep 12, 2009
    Posts: 533


    I used to shoot abunch on diesel rigs,,it was great to shoot and repair. Just block it and color change and flip it.
  13. I remember the 80s I was the only one in the shop that was stupid enough to shoot it So my boss took on the entire fleet of KCMO fire trucks to re paint from red to chrome yellow & theresee nutton rong wif Mee???:confused:
  14. reverb2000
    Joined: Apr 17, 2005
    Posts: 441

    from Houston TX

    Its not the paint, its the hardner thats used. Isocyanates are odorless, but the trick it if you smell the paint, your breathing the poison. It forms a hard lining on your lungs and your lungs cant expand. Imron was commercially a very hard, and long lasting paint. Didnt really shine though. You could buff it out and looked good.
  15. 40 & 61 Fords
    Joined: May 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,000

    40 & 61 Fords

    My old man had his 53 F-100 painted with that stuff in about 1975. When He tore it down to do a complete rebuild years later, he had the sheetmetal dipped. The dipper said that stuff took 2 trips through the tank, and additional scrapping to get off. He was a little pissed the old man hadn't told him it was on there....
  16. onlychevrolets
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 2,307


    we painted both our "Bogging" trucks with it in 82...the mud never hurt the shine but turning the Blazer over twice did.
  17. 61_Poncho_Ventura
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
    Posts: 20


    I use to spray heavy equipment with the stuff, I would only recommend using it on frames.
  18. skullhat
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 892


    i remember when that stuff came out, painted alot of cars and trucks with it. i would treat it just like any other old paint job.
    would be cool to see pics of a 35 year old job, and see if all the hype was close to true.

    painted a christen eagle airplane a few years back with the newer stuff , imron 5000 or something to that effect.


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