Painting suspension parts

Discussion in 'General Ranchero Help' started by RickMc, Jun 30, 2020 at 9:56 PM.

  1. RickMc

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    Question for those who have painted their suspension parts, whats worked best? Powder coating is not a option. All parts will be blasted, should I use a encapsulation primer? Does it work or is it hype? Also unable to spray so will have to be rattle can or brush or combination of both. Thanks for the info.
     
  2. Hillbilly

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    Not cheap but produces a quality finish. Clean and dry first. Then a good even coating of VHT Self Etch Primer ( Sp307 ). Let the primer dry for at least one hour. Haven't needed to sand any parts yet using this primer. Follow up with multiple light coats of VHT Roll Bar and Chassis satin black paint ( SP671 ).
    Let the black dry a few hours before handling. It passes muster on concours restorations and is very durable on street driven vehicles. Try it, you will fall in love with this finish.
     
  3. RickMc

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    Sold! Thanks for the tips.
     
  4. TestDummy

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    Like Hillbilly, I used Chassis Black, but from Eastwood. I went the extra mile. After painting a few coats, I put them in our environmental chamber at my old job for a couple hours, set to 220°. They are almost powder coat durable.
     

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    Just for giggles, I tried the VHT combo on a tractor steering wheel. 1962 International Harvester that sit's out in the weather a lot. Wheel was intact without cracks but it always left your hands black from the plastic chalking. Did not sand it, only washed it good with Purple Stuff cleaner then did the primer and paint. Done over a year ago and it still looks like a new steering wheel. Just saying, it has that satin finish like a Ford steering wheel from that era.
     
  6. RickMc

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    I'm relying on the sun for that baked on finish. Underside looks good though, what year?
     
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    1971
     
  8. RickMc

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    78 I've owned since 1980, next year will be buying a 70-71, good looking year. My biggest trying to figure out now is engine for the 78. Has a 351m low mileage, but not run in many years, but did fire up. Not looking for a powerhouse but something better than 165hp.
     
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    A mild cam (even roller, if they still exist), a 4-barrel with a nice dual-plane intake should give a lift to the performance numbers.
     

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