You're following the same line of reasoning I have.
There's a Sherwin-Williams store south of where I'm at that sells the industrial automotive paints. ShurThane is on my mind, but I'm also considering a single stage polyureathane.
It's not completely off the table that I might get a metric-ass-ton of green water based carc and call it a day, since I need to re-paint my unimog too.
So, OD green - that would lend itself well to making the bus get turned away at every rv park, you think?
I am aiming for an ivory or off-white overall color, and a black skirt trim (from the lowest rub rail to the bottom)
I don't think there's a longevity difference with base/clear vs. single stage. When the surface starts to fail on a base/clear it's usually the clear that needs re-application. You have to be careful to only remove clear and as little color as possible. However, it lends itself well to color matching since the underlying coating is generally the same color.
When single stage starts to fade or loose luster, you can re-buff back but you have to basically buff the entire vehicle to match.
Originally Posted by family wagon
How's the paint plan looking? I'm just about to drop a metric ton of coin on paint as well, and have been looking at the Sherwin-Williams automotive
line. My local dealer is steering me toward the ATX (under "refinish") or Genesis (under "fleet" or "heavy truck/bus") products. An obvious difference in the two is that ATX is a base-clear system whereas Genesis G2 is single-stage. Cost for the ATX base and the G2 are about the same; the clear coat on top of the ATX adds about $1000. I really wanted to do a base-clear system because of a perception that it would have longer life, but the fleet users of Genesis seem to feel like the service life they get from that is fine.. Either way it seems I'm looking at a DTM epoxy primer (E2A933 in gray for example) to go over my new galvanized and galvanneal sheeting.
Initially I had been thinking industrial enamel (that's what ShurThane is, right?) but the information I could find seemed to indicate enamels might go chalky or otherwise not endure well sitting in the sun for more than a few years between re-coats.