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Old 29th March 2016, 20:25
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Im guessing you would like a classic looking colour and finish

If you are planning to do yourself you could use coach enamel it self levels and is nice to work with.

http://www.craftmasterpaints.co.uk/
I painted my Roadster Connaught green the D type racing green.

I just sanded the body to remove the shiny finish, I used craftmaster primer and then enamel with the largest brush I could.

Agreed that looks good. I advocate brush painting. Lots of people just sneer and say it's rubbish, but this is generally because they have tried to brush paint with cheap brushes and unsuitable paint (ie paint intended to be sprayed) - unfortunately they don't have an open mind. My wife says I have such an open mind you can see daylight if you look into my ear!
I can understand how some people won't use brushed paints on bodywork, but why they will only spray chassis is beyond me........ You get a much thicker (protective) coat with a brush, much quicker and no overspray, and it's out of sight, so if you use a crappy brush it won't show anyway ..... Still, each to his own!
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Old 31st March 2016, 10:46
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I'm even more confused now - I just spoke to craftmaster paints and they said they don't do a fiberglass primer and he doesn't know if their primer would even work or not - has anyone got any ideas what type of primer I should get?
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Old 31st March 2016, 12:58
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Any 2K polyester or epoxy primer should be best.
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Old 31st March 2016, 13:09
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Car Photographer I used craftsmaster high build primer.

I knew my Fibreglass was rigid with no flex. I tested the primer on the underside of the front section first and the adhesion was good.

I can only speak about my experience.
I have sprayed cars with and without etch primer and I find that as long as the prep is good (sanded and spirit wiped) I didn't notice a difference.
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Old 31st March 2016, 13:12
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The high build primer is likely a 2K polyester.
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Old 31st March 2016, 14:39
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There are also many single pack enamel type alkyd yacht paints which have GRP primers (I suspect the craftsmaster to be similar even though they don't sell it specifically for GRP) - international Paints, Teamac, Epifanes, Hempel are brands that spring to mind, and their topcoats are very good.
It's (as previously stated) mostly in the prep, cleanliness and swift application!
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Old 31st March 2016, 16:35
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Thanks guys - although I spoke to a paint shop today that seemed pretty reasonable costwise - so I may go with them instead - still deciding on the pros and cons
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Thanks guys - although I spoke to a paint shop today that seemed pretty reasonable costwise - so I may go with them instead - still deciding on the pros and cons
Have they seen your car and is the price just for spraying?
If they need to do some prep work first then the costs can escalate.
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Old 1st April 2016, 09:25
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I told them I'd try and do the basic prep work - filling and sanding etc

On that note - anyone got recommendations forthe best filler to use on fiberglass?
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Old 1st April 2016, 14:05
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Are your panels rigid or do they flex?
Rigid- then most fillers will adhere to the keyed surface.
Flexible- try to use the filler used on plastic bumpers.

How much filling do you think you have? The panels look good in the pictures
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Old 1st April 2016, 16:33
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They are pretty rigid but flex if you push them obviously, so maybe it's best to use the flexible stuff - what is the bumper filler called - do you know?
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Old 1st April 2016, 16:50
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I think it was just alled Flexi filler but isopon do a bumper filler.

I have a local paint shop that I buy my consumables from.
Leonard Brooks, ive used them for 20+ years and his advice has always steered me right
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Old 1st April 2016, 21:05
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Cool, thanks
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Old 2nd April 2016, 01:51
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Found this stuff on amazon - seems about half the price of the isopon stuff - anyone tried this stuff? - Silverhook BIG31 Big Boy Plastic Flexi Filler
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Old 5th July 2016, 12:56
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Roadster - is that Brooks in Harold Wood by any chance?
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Old 19th February 2018, 17:37
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There were a couple of articles in Complete Kit Car last year about painting with a brush using marine enamel.
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