Using DuPont ChromaPremier Pro Paint - The AMD Chevelle, Part 5

Laying down some color from Dupont.

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In the last five months we have been covering how the crew at C. Hopkins Rod & Custom in Commerce, Georgia, have been resurrecting a dilapidated '67 A-body, dubbed the AMD Chevelle. It's an original 1967 SS396, so there is a reason we were saving it from the scrap heap. The previous five stories were focused on replacing all the metal on the car, and we do mean all. The only things left from the original car are a few sections of the firewall and the inner roof structure. All the other sheetmetal has been skillfully replaced with brand-new Auto Metal Direct (AMD) panels by Craig and Aaron Hopkins, and the rest of the crew, Caesar Brecino, and Chris Dyer.

Now that the team has spent hundreds of hours installing all the sheetmetal and blocking it straight, the car is ready for some color. To keep with the theme of the build, which for now is as stock as possible, the color of choice is the one that came on the car--Emerald Turquoise Metallic. This car also came equipped with a vinyl top so the roof of the car won't really get painted.

Since Craig's shop is located in Georgia, he has not been mandated to use low VOC products like water-based, water-borne, or whatever you call it. Craig looked to DuPont and the company's ChromaPremier Pro line of paints. The ChromaPremier line has a few things going for it that appeal to the paint and body shops. Starting at the primer filler, which has all the qualities of the high-build primer with the curing times of a spot primer. All of the products feature simple 2:1:1 or 4:1:1 mix ratios for less chance of mixing errors.

Speaking of mixing, the primer, sealer, and clearcoat share a common activator so there is a reduction in mixing issues and inventory needed. The activators are based on temperature ranges and DuPont has one for just about any climate. The basecoat is offered in just about any hue imaginable with solid, metallic, and pearlescent finishes available. This story will hit the highlights of how it all went down, and we even have a sidebar on DuPont's new line of Water Base paints for the painters in low VOC mandated states.

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15 Here are some other advantages of the Cromax. It's nationally available and much better for the environment. It has a quicker turn-around, from base to clear in 20 minutes with heat and 35 without. The toners (color) are thicker in Cromax so more color is left behind in one coat. Also, since there are fewer coats to spray and less time to wait for it to dry, more vehicles can be painted in the same amount of time. It is compatible with all the normal sealers. Colors are more vibrant because the water is way clearer that any solvent, which can slightly yellow some of the lighter colors. While solvent is cheaper to buy, when buying the same quantity of material you have to think about the big picture. You use less water base to get the same results so once you figure out that you can order less paint, the prices are more comparable. If you consider the fact you can do the same job quicker with it, then the savings start to show up, at least in a professional shop scenario. Another thing DuPont is extremely proud of is the fact that candy colors will be available by the end of 2012. there is way more information on Dupont's website, so if you are interested in learning more just fire up the ol' computer or get on the horn and give them a call.

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