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Imron wont lay flat!?!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by gearhead695456, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. gearhead695456
    Joined: Aug 2, 2008
    Posts: 323


    Any ideas why a Imron flat black ended with a texture like a golf ball? Its orange peeled all over. The color and shine are good but the texture is terrible. The shop that did it says that's just the way it goes on, that it wont lay flat. Thanks for the input.
  2. Lild
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 260


    Not reduced properly I would say. Didnt think you could even get that paint anymore
  3. dirtcop
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 184


    I like to use the Imron satin black on my frames and suspension parts. It normally lays on flat, but takes forever to get hard. I don't know about the texture you are getting.
  4. henry29
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,837


    I believe you're supposed to heat imron before spraying.

  5. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,149

    Roger Walling

    There are at least three different kinds of Imron that I use..
    Industrial Imron goes on just like you described.
    It can be thinned up to 10% to lay down a little smoother.
  6. 400 4spd.
    Joined: Jan 23, 2011
    Posts: 49

    400 4spd.

    He lives in Florida. I've seen it warmed in cold shop conditions.
    Could be too thick, air pressure too low (didn't atomize), gun tip size too large, surface too warm, first coat too dry, etc.
  7. ABBoston
    Joined: Dec 13, 2005
    Posts: 275

    from Boston

  8. i've had problems with urethane paints doing that in humid conditions.
  9. rustyironman
    Joined: Mar 26, 2011
    Posts: 481


    I am willing to bet they added some fish-eye eliminator to it, that is exactly what happens to it if its added.
  10. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    Had an O/T CJ5 that had been painted black Imron....smooth as glass and shiny forever
  11. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 7,286


    People are still using Imron? And why?
  12. special-k
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 45


    I can't answer for others but on my OT Peterbilt I had a fender painted with baseclear and got around 20 stone chips in 2 years. The other fender has 5 year old imron and has maybe 5. Back to Imron for me. I found the same thing with orange peel. The painters I talk to say it's hard to be consistent. That and cost/availability seem to be the biggest problems. For a commercial truck I can live with the finish. For a hot rod probably not.
  13. ottos
    Joined: Jan 25, 2011
    Posts: 278


    make sure u wear a mask or u will lay flat...very sticky stuff for ur lungs....
  14. "Back in the day" the cool cars were shiny.
  15. hoof22
    Joined: Jan 15, 2008
    Posts: 530


    "make sure u wear a mask or u will lay flat...very sticky stuff for ur lungs...."

    x10!! nasty stuff!

    Imron-I used once on a customers car because he insisted on it-got sold on how tough it was, but we never could get it to look was way to hard to cut & polish and it wouldn't flow.. After talking to the paint rep, this is what he told me - "IMRON is great for roll bars, suspension parts & scuba tanks, not so good for cars, that's not what it's designed for..." I think it's intended to be more of an industrial coating than an auto paint...just my experience.

  16. I've seem Imron go on 2 ways, 1st is how his is, 2nd is smooth and laying all over the floor!
  17. 40fordtudor
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,503


    Special K is right---Imron is supertough. Very chip resistant. I always specced Imron on our OTR units with good success---hard as nails.
  18. CutawayAl
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,144

    from MI

    Imron is polyurethane. A good polyurethane9Imron or others) does more things better than other types of paints.

    The only thing I can add to what's already been posted is that to be smooth Imron needs to go on relatively heavy. It takes some adjusting, even for experienced painters. If you don't get an occasional run you are very, very, good, or, you aren't laying it on heavy enough. Start with a normal first coat, let that cure till it's gelled up well, then one or two(usually two) heavier coats.
  19. RR
    Joined: Nov 30, 2008
    Posts: 106


    The thing I didn't like about Imron was that when it did chip, it took off all paint down to the metal. As for laying down nice- check with the paint supplier. Sounds like poor atomization- possibly due to low air pressure at the gun. When we used to spray it (25 years ago), it always laid down nice and smooth.

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