Eastwood 4-Step Paint System - STEP #1: Base Prep

EASTWOOD 4-STEP PAINT SYSTEM

STEP #1:

BASE PREP

A show-ready paint job is only as good as the time you put into preparing the surface. Repair dents, scratches and other imperfections with Eastwood’s Base Prep process! The products and information you need to paint your job right are all here!

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Street Visions sprays Eastwood Epoxy Primer under a Camaro.
Everything you need to know about our high-quality Eastwood Epoxy Primer with mix ratios, and smaller 2K AeroSpray aerosol version for smaller applications. Street Visions uses product on underside of 1st Generation Camaro!
Choose the RIGHT Primer with Kevin Tetz.
Kevin Tetz gives a lesson on what, when and where to use Epoxy Primer, Self-Etching Primer, 2K Urethane Primer-Surfacer, and Polyester Primer-Surfacer.
QUICK TIP: Learn how to properly clean an HVLP paint gun.
Kevin Tetz talks about how to properly clean an HVLP gun using the Eastwood Evolution HVLP gun as an example with Eastwood Aerosol Injected Cleaner.
How to properly set up and use an HVLP paint gun.
Kevin Tetz gives lesson on how to set up a new, out-of-the-box HVLP spray gun, compressor settings, and spray patterns in this comprehensive video.
QUICK TIP: How to properly set up an HVLP paint gun.
Learn how to set up a new, out-of-the-box HVLP Spray gun, fan control, fluid control, air control settings, air inlet pressures, and more using the Eastwood Concours HVLP spray gun!
Painting 101 - Part 2
Kevin Tetz gives a comprehensive lesson on HVLP spray gun automotive painting techniques.
Kevin Tetz's Project Jaded
From bare metal to clear, Kevin walks us through his mustang rescue, "Project Jaded" featured at SEMA 2012. He discusses Eastwood product used to acheive show-quality results!
KEVIN'S KORNER: It's all about Eastwood Body Fillers!
Kevin Tetz talks about new Eastwood Contour Body Filler products used on "Project Jaded."
Fixing pits and applying glazing putty.
Eastwood Tech Expert, Mike Lyons takes us through the process of fixing metal pits using Contour Glazing Putty, block sanding techniques, and Contour Body Filler, and a host of valuable tips and tricks.

Treating Rusted Body Panels

When repairing rust-damaged body panels on your beloved automobile, be sure to remove all possible traces of rust. Rust can be effectively removed by abrasive blasting, using chemicals, mechanically removing it (sanding it off), or by cutting out the rust and replacing it with new metal. In some instances, it simply is not feasible to completely remove the rust. For those instances, you will need to use a product such as…READ MORE>

Prep, Prime and Paint your ride like a Pro!

After you’ve sprayed your primer you might wonder what exactly to do next. Prep for paint can seem tricky at first but it’s not tough once you’ve got the proper steps down. First you’ll need to prep your primer. How exactly you prep your project depends on which primer you’ve used, which products you’re using next, and your overall project goals. It’s important to note…READ MORE>

How to Paint Your Car- The Basic Steps and Methods Uncovered

Painting a car is one of the most misunderstood parts of our hobby. It can be a daunting process to sand off the paint on your car, but it’s one of those jobs that things must get worse to get better. Below are the basic steps and methods for painting your car. Preparation- There are a few ways prepare your vehicle for paint…READ MORE>

Epoxy Primer – Product Information Sheet

Eastwood’s direct-to-metal Epoxy Primer suits a variety of needs, providing exceptional resistance to corrosion, fast build, superb color holdout and unsurpassed adhesion to bare metal substrates. This 2-part system is a must-have for any restoration project.Features the superior durability of a catalyzed system…READ MORE>

Urethane Primer – Product Information Sheet

Eastwood’s high-build 2K Urethane primer surfacer is a dream to blocksand, powdering easily after a short cure time. Provides excellent color holdout for all topcoats, and impressive filling qualities with superior urethane flexibility and adhesion. Use over Eastwood Epoxy Primer, or even over abraded factory finish to provide a uniform surface before applying Eastwood’s single-stage urethane topcoat…READ MORE>

Do I have to apply a primer before using this paint?
Can I apply the Epoxy Primer over bare metal?
Do I have to sand Epoxy Primer before top coating?
Can I apply the 2K Urethane Primer Surfacer over bare metal?

(Q) Do I have to apply a primer before using this paint?

(A) Primers have many features, not the least of which is that they provide much better adhesion to bare metal than paint. They also can aid in corrosion protection/prevention. High-build primers like Eastwood's 2K Urethane Primer fill quickly and help conceal surface imperfections. That said, it is possible to just "scuff and shoot" if the existing finish is in good shape (no peeling, flaking, rust or other obvious issues). This means Eastwood's Single-Stage Urethane paint may be applied over properly cleaned, abraded and prepped factory finishes. Top»

(Q) Can I apply the Epoxy Primer over bare metal?

(A) Yes. Epoxy is a great choice for bare metal and a lot of other substrates, providing exceptional adhesion. Eastwood's 2-part epoxy can be applied over steel, fiberglass, body fillers, existing finishes and even aluminum (though you should first use an etching solvent to treat the metal). Top»

(Q) Do I have to sand Epoxy Primer before top coating??

(A) No, epoxy may be topcoated without sanding up to four or five days. After that point, you'll need to abrade the surface. Top»

(Q) Can I apply the 2K Urethane Primer Surfacer over bare metal?

(A) Yes, this primer may actually be applied over properly prepared (cleaned, abraded) bare metal. If, however, there's considerable body work, or if the metal is pitted from sandblasting, we suggest applying the 2K Urethane Primer over one or two coats of Eastwood Epoxy Primer. Top»

Can I paint over an existing finish?

Yes, it is acceptable to paint over an existing finish that has been properly prepped, if the surface does not show any signs of weakness (flaking, delamination, rust bubbles, etc). If the surface shows any weakness, it is best to strip. Top»

Can I use another brand of primer to save a few bucks?

While you may get away with using a different brand of primer, it is not recommended. The fillers, primers and paints Eastwood carries are part of a system that are meant to work together. To avoid issues, it is best to stick with products in the system. The items used in the initial stages of your job, create the foundation and must be solid or failure will occur. Top»

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