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Type of body paint and primer (5 replies)

Edington
4 years ago
Edington 4 years ago

Any advise on what colour the primer should be for an El Paso Beige MkII Austin Cooper registered July 69, is it white or grey? Also what type of primer and

Peter Laidler
4 years ago
Peter Laidler 4 years ago

I know you havn't exactly asked this Q. Ed but on the question of what TYPE of paint to use, I know I'll fall foul of the purists...... and cellulose is the original and all that - but for really hard wearing tough paint there's nothing to touch modern 2 pack stuff. Tough as old boots when you're using the car on the roads and very forgiving for the painter and MORE importantly, for YOU when you're assembling up afterwards. The primer colour shouldn't matter too much either with these paints because they cover so well. I did my Glacier Mk2 S in dark brown (over the white metal panels) then light green and then white primer. I say 'I', but I really mean the painters at the Glasurit Beck training school here in Abingdon

Edington
4 years ago
Edington 4 years ago

Any advise on what colour the primer should be for an El Paso Beige MkII Austin Cooper registered July 69, is it white or grey? Also what type of primer and top coat are best suited? I'm in process of a bare shell rebuild and don't want to use a primer that will act against the final top coat. Many thanks

rsk289
4 years ago
rsk289 4 years ago

Couldn't agree more, Peter. I've never quite understood the 'cellulose' fixation (I think most was actually synthetic enamel). I wouldn't use original spec engine oil, or original tyres, and you can't get original petrol.
Sorry, still haven't answered the question...

evonaut
4 years ago
evonaut 4 years ago

i have recently been considering the same dilemma...... mine is a sandy beige mk2 september 69 cooper s......... i was always planning to be as original as possible and go for cellulose paint and discussed the options with the chap coordinating the restoration.

his view was don't even think about cellulose due to the maintenance issues once sitting in my garage. apparently the paint will dull within weeks...... jury was still out as i quite liked the idea of waxing my precious pride and joy.

i then spoke to the body and paint shop. their view was 2 pack every time. the shine will last longer, the paint is more durable and will still give me a beige rag when i do get to polish her, (unllike modern lacquered paint, which they were not suggesting) and that is what they priced for. if i want cellulose then no problem except it is so much more labour intensive, and requires so many more processes to produce a quality finish, that the price was likely to more than double......... jury was now very close......

i then walked past my mate who was cleaning his near mint 1960s mk2 jag, and trying to polish out some blemishes in his cellulose paint as he was getting dangerously close to the primer. to add to his woes, the brake pipe had just split and pumped fluid across his front wing and head lamp surrounding front panel. f***ing cellulose paint he said! can't wait for the 2 pack respray that i have promised myself as soon as i can afford it!

jury just made a decision!

considering that my car has a fairly chequered history (see previous post [url]http://forum.minicooper.org/forum/mk2-coopers/mk2-cars/169803-restoration-of-my-mk2-cooper-s[/url]) i am opting for 2 pack!

good luck with your decision..... i look forward to hearing what you decide!

Edington
4 years ago
Edington 4 years ago

Thanks guys. 2pk its is! I agree with the comments relating to 2 pack as that is what I got my 1965 Mk1 Cooper s finished in and it looked great. PS I sold it 12 months ago and I see its currently up for sale and he is asking a stupid price for it bearing in mind I had to use a MkII shell plus other non-standard (modern bits), took me 7 years. Hopefully this MKII Cooper won't take me that long and I'm keeping this one!

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