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Old 11-24-2009, 06:37 AM   #1
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Default Best, toughtest, most durable spray paint?

What in your experience is the most durable and toughest spray enamel you've ever used on sheet metal? I was thinking of trying the Wurth stuff.
I assume it's made in Germany, but maybe not.

I've heard good things about dutch paint, but not in spray cans, though I suppsoe that's possible too.


I wonder if the spray cans from SO are good (they're certainly a little costly). Anyone know who they're OEM source is or do they make it and package it themselves?


I use Sherwin-Williams stuff and tall sivler cans of Rustoleum Pro right now. I like their high gloss enamel black. Was tempted to try some of their hi-temp paints not because the metal I'm painting will be near heat, but just because I wondered if it were a tougher paint all around

Thanks for your suggestions, fellas.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:53 AM   #2
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Default Re: Best, toughtest, most durable spray paint?

A lot of cheaper rattle can paint is lacquer, which will be more brittle than enamel. I think any enamel is better for toughness, just look carefully at the can to see which it is.

I don't have any brilliant suggestions for brands.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: Best, toughtest, most durable spray paint?

RUST-OLEUM ENAMEL shot from a spray gun.My Son and I Rolled a pick-up 2 3/4 times then slid on it's side a ways down a gravel road.Long story I won't go into at this time but now I know what a grasshopper in a beer can must feel like.The paint on the flat bed held up amazingly well.Can,t say the same about my ass .Thank God ,my son wasn't hurt or killed.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: Best, toughtest, most durable spray paint?

I used the Wurth Silver laquer wheel paint in spray cans on several sets of aluminum wheels a couple of years ago and it was amazing. I initially balked at paying ~$15-18 per can of paint, but it was well worth it!

I've heard that they re-formulated it in the last couple of years to make it more eco-friendly, so I don't know if it's still as good as it was.


I used 2 cans to re-spray 4 15" aluminum wheels and had some left over. That stuff is amazing!!
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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Default Re: Best, toughtest, most durable spray paint?

Auto paint suppliers can put some DuPont and PPG type paints in spray cans for you too. The place by me charges $22 for a can.


As for 'off the shelf' paints, I would say the Rustoleum professional series like mentioned before. It has held up the best, including the electrical meter box on the side of the house I repainted back in '03 with a fresh coat of gray and it still looks like new. The original paint on the box was chalky and had surface rust starting. I wire brushed most of teh rust and wiped it down with laquer thinner. Then masked the house off and meter globe and sprayed it.
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:22 PM   #6
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I like using tractor and implement paint from Tractor Supply. It is very durable paint. I have many vises and work tables painted with it and it holds up very well. They have a nice selection of colors too. All the big name Tractor colors as well as Ford colors and your basic color line.
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:54 PM   #7
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I have had good luck the past with the rustolum stuff but I powdercoat everything now that will fit in the oven (60x32x24) mucho bettero then paint
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:24 PM   #8
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ive used ACE paint..and some industiral stuff from ochelens..been the best ive used.
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:56 PM   #9
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DEM-KOTE from Grainger... It is the Sh*t. I was introduced to it in Canada. It dries fast and hard.

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Old 11-27-2009, 11:42 PM   #10
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We use NASSEN sp? at the body shop, We use it primarily on semi truck frames and such. Should be able to find it at a auto paint supply store
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:22 AM   #11
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I'vr been usin' VHT paints for years. The epoxy paint is really tough. Takes a little to dry tho'. Their engine enamel is good too. Their header paint of course works well.
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:42 AM   #12
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I've given up on rattle cans entirely. I bought a small "touch up" HVLP spray gun and mix my own. You can buy pretty much anything you can in a spray can, in a quart or half pint...and thin as desired. The paint is much cheaper this way too.
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:15 AM   #13
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RUST-OLEUM ENAMEL shot from a spray gun.My Son and I Rolled a pick-up 2 3/4 times then slid on it's side a ways down a gravel road.Long story I won't go into at this time but now I know what a grasshopper in a beer can must feel like.The paint on the flat bed held up amazingly well.Can,t say the same about my ass .Thank God ,my son wasn't hurt or killed.
X1.....

A little trick I learned....warm the paint up, then you don't have to thin it....works great for small jobs out of a VLP gun.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:18 AM   #14
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Default Re: Best, toughtest, most durable spray paint?

I needed to paint a couple of old flourescent fixtures last week and looked in my cabinet to see what I had around. Found a couple of cans of Dutch Boy acrylic enamel that had to be at least 5 years old, shook it well, and painted away. I was impressed with the finish it produced! They looked like factory new lights, and the paint flowed out great. The cans had the fan spray type nozzles on them, and I will be buying more, as soon as I find a local store with it. Walmart here sells Dutch Boy paints, but doesn't have it in spray cans.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:47 AM   #15
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The best rattle can paint I have ever used is Caterpillar's. It covers amazingly well and is very durable, even outdoors. The downside is the limited color selection.

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Old 11-28-2009, 08:57 AM   #16
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Default Re: Best, toughtest, most durable spray paint?

I inhertited a bunch of tools and "stuff" from my father-in-law last May.... I found a can of Rustoleum dated 1989.... painted some wheels last week with it and they look pretty good!!!!
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:48 PM   #17
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I think that a lot of the toughness and durability of spray paint is in the prep, and ultimately in the film thickness. I typically want a couple more coats than what just looks good.
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:07 PM   #18
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Without a doubt, VALSPAR Tractor and Implement paint from Tractor Supply. I use it quite a bit on Jeep parts that I want to last, and it does. A little limited on colors, but it works!!!
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:52 PM   #19
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Default Re: Best, toughtest, most durable spray paint?

As mentioned Dem-Kote is good and cheap too. I understand its just rebranded Rustoleum.

Massey tractor implement paint is good too. Either in the spray or quart. I think its Valspar.
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Old 11-29-2009, 02:35 PM   #20
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X1.....

A little trick I learned....warm the paint up, then you don't have to thin it....works great for small jobs out of a VLP gun.
Good Idea...I just had an old Binks gun at the time,but I think it called for acetone as the thinner. I don't remember for sure.I used RUST-OLEUM PRIMER also.It's definitely cheaper than spray cans and a person could pay for some cheaper VLP guns in a hurry.Anyway, it gets my vote but I don't recomend using a car wreck as a paint test method.
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