issue with engine enamel on plane

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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 09-11-2013 11:47 AM 1101 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2013 11:47 AM

I painted 3 planes last night. Some spots look nice and shiny others look dull and flat. My last batch cane out fine . Could it be bad paint? A buddy said he had issues with the stuff and said it was bad paint .

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 01:35 PM


-- Ben, England.

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 01:46 PM

I had a can of Duplicolor engine enamel that just seemed to be duller than everything else I had used. Turned out the only way they label the sheen on those things is the caps.

What I had, was a can of “low gloss” with a “semi-gloss” cap on it.

Any chance you had a similar screw uP?

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 02:21 PM

Did you try to wax the newly painted surfaces afterwards?? The first couple ones I did and had a similar problem. Paste wax was kinda a pita to buff off, but with more pressure, the shine was brought back out.

-- Scott Rieman

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#4 posted 09-11-2013 04:20 PM

No wax straight from the can. It happened about a month ago when I sprayed my #80 scraper too. I thought it was my can of paint, but I grabbed the can I used on my last batch and it did the same thing.

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 06:05 PM

Impossible to say if the paint is bad short of buying another can and seeing if it happens again. Did you degrease the tools before painting? Could it be oil contamination, traces of oil from your fingertips?

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 09-11-2013 07:44 PM

I did the same process i did on my last 2 planes and my scraper. I had them sandblasted, then i painted them. The 2 planes turned out awesome. I sprayed the scraper with a different paint, it was semi gloss also though, so i grabbed the engine enamel and it worked fine. But on the can i used last night it said ford semi gloss black so i don’t know. I asked Don W and he has reported the same issue, thinks it could be humidity.

I noticed if i scratch it lightly with my fingernail it looks shiny underneath.

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#7 posted 09-13-2013 10:04 PM

I would have tried epoxy paint.

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