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Hot Rods Paint problems - I'm restoring old steering wheel

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by guy1unico, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 857


    This has happened to me before and it sucks. What am i doing wrong?
    Put 3 coats Krylon spray can gray primer on and 3 coats of Krylon gloss black spray on. Coat #4 started shrinking on me and pretty much wrecked 2 out of the 3 coats of black. What should i do now?
    Thank you,
    Guy in Dallas
  2. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,347

    King ford
    from 08302

    Well, your going to ha to sand it off until you get to material not wrinkled or shrink checked. Perhaps you didn't leave enough time for the aromatic chemicals to evaporate causing trapped solvent....put a coat on and let it DRY....repeat!
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  3. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 857


    I'm in a hurry ...shoot...paint is an impatient man's dilemma.
    Thank you.
  4. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,484


    I'd say follow the directions on the can . Some tell you to re coat within a certain time frame .If you take too long between coats you get the shrinkage or wrinkles. I spray a light dust coat for first coat then let it flash off , then progressively wetter coats letting them flash off until just tacky till you get complete coverage....then let it thoroughly dry until you can't smell the solvents coming out. That can take a couple days with some spray bombs.
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  5. Just a question but why 3 coats of primer? HRP
  6. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    Wet on wet will probably work best. You might try a different brand of paint also. The solvents in the paint are attacking the previously applied coat that is dry.
  7. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 1,108


    You using paint MADE for plastic?!.....(Of course you are)
    Whats that super-duper paint for plastic???.......Simco 100 or some such?.
  8. impala4speed
    Joined: Jan 31, 2010
    Posts: 173


    I used Dupli-Color gray filler primer on my steering wheel followed by VHT Epoxy gloss black paint.
    All coats of the Epoxy black were applied within an hour. After 2 hours you need to wait at least 2 days before applying anymore coats. Whatever paint you use it's very important to adhere to the wait times listed in their instructions.
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  9. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,353


    You did sand the primer before the color coat didn't you?
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  10. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,598

    john worden
    from iowa

    Are you sure it's shrinkage? Shrinkage at failure level usually happens long after the paint dries.
    Describe better or post a pic.
    Are you sure it's not wrinkling?
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  11. Perry Hvegholm
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 113

    Perry Hvegholm

    I must bear the patience of Job, then. I bought this aftermarket wooden tiller and hated the crappy stain job. So refinished it and laid down 8 coats of marine varnish. Took me two months, even with using Japan drier to speed the drying process.

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  12. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 3,757


    Try using real paint and a real paint gun. That's the way we paint steering wheels. 2015-08-12 12.29.00.jpg
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  13. You have my attention. How has the black Epoxy held up?
  14. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,407


    Also, how are the wheels being prepped? Old steering wheels get a lot of grease and skin oil soaked into them over time, which will also make paint lift, much like trying to paint a greasy engine or anything that got penetrating oil on it.

    Also, 3 coats of primer seems like a lot, unless you're spraying a coat or two, letting it get fully hardened, sanding it, and spraying the next coat. Sometimes thickness will make paint lift, because the solvents can't all get out. I have the best luck with spray paint in direct sunlight and high temps, which I'm guessing is due to how much solvent is in it vs. solids.

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