What paint can be used to paint under van

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 at 02:41
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I am looking at repainting under the van, and would like to know what is the best paint to use, I would prefer a water base paint, but whatever work best will do.
Regards Sam
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Reply By: Two Doo - Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 at 04:44

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 at 04:44
Greetings, I did my underbody three months ago. I used SEPTONE, "Brushcote BODY DEADENER" which comes as a spray can, and in 4 litre tins from any automotive storre. I tried all methods to apply it, spray is very expensive, but gets to areas you cannot get to otherwise. I did most of the work with a stiff OLD brush. The roller was a failure. I looked like an ancient british "tar" (sailor). You will nedd excellent ventillation (the bitumen has carcinogens in it) old old clothing including hair cover, gloves etc which all need to be disguarded. I am very pleased with my result, but it took many days. As a uni student I worked in a crash repair shop, where I saw all methods used for this application. My job took about 6 litres. Good luck. Warwick.
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Reply By: Wilmo7 - Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 04:48

Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 04:48
When I did mine, using a brushcote bitumen stuff I bought a paper set of overalls from Bunnings for about $10 I think. They come complete with a hood and were strong enough to withstand crawling underneath a few times. However, drop TOO much paint on them in the one spot and it will seep through.
Regards Len
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Reply By: Frank Aus - Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 04:57

Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 04:57
I too use the same product, As i remember a long time ago they used to sell body deadner as a spayable product that you then used in a special spray gun, this was a gun that was designed for this purpose and still had after 30 years, so i just thin it doen with turps and sprayed away and took no time at all and the turps evaporates very quickly and it leaves a nice even coat and a good finish, from memory it was a 50/50 mix. gave the paint brush away after about 10 minutes.(way too much like hard work)
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Reply By: Silver and Tinks - Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 06:12

Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 06:12
Hi

Just get the steptone body deadener from super cheap autos in the pressure pack can it took 5 cans to do our twenty footer.

This is the product Bushtracker use for there touch ups

Scott
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Reply By: Paul and Barb - Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 19:21

Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 19:21
Here's what I use, it's a very good method. Of course, you need an air compressor for the gun. The spray gun was very cheap and included a flexible hose to get into the awkward places.



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Paul.
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Follow Up By: galacticbob - Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 21:58

Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 21:58
Paul

That looks more my style.

What is the brand of the gun and where can you buy it from?

Does the gun come with its own container?

Cheers Bob
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Follow Up By: Paul and Barb - Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 22:38

Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 22:38
Bob,

I purchased the gun and paint from an auto paint shop, in this case "Body Shop"as shown on the can. It was a few years ago, but I recall the gun being about $55 and the underbody about $12 per litre. The gun is made to screw straight on to the canisters of paint and doesn't come with its own container. I used about 5 litres to do a good job under the van, even removed the wheels to do the wheel arches. I thought that it was money well spent.
Any overspray is cleaned away easily with turps, and when finished just run some through the gun to clean it. You definitely need a pair of overalls as you tend to crawl about on the overspray that is on the ground. The flexible hose was good for getting into tight places.

Paul.
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Follow Up By: Paul and Barb - Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 22:43

Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at 22:43
Just another thought, I parked my van on the back lawn when I painted underneath. Next time that I cut the grass all the overspray went as well, might be a bit messy on concrete or paving unless you used groundsheets.

Paul.
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Reply By: galacticbob - Friday, Nov 20, 2009 at 01:16

Friday, Nov 20, 2009 at 01:16
Thanks Paul

Bob
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