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Old 12-24-2019, 02:13 AM
PaulvS PaulvS is offline
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Originally Posted by wfinnell View Post
What is best practice for primer on an airplane?
Is there a primer that sticks good w/o Alodine?

There's a wide range of opinions on this and never-ending debate (section of VAF especially set aside for this!)

But my opinion would be to use a 2-pack epoxy primer, after preparing the surface by cleaning and abrading with maroon scotch-brite.
The brand of primer should be based on the top-coat that you are going to use, i.e. select an entire paint "system" from one manufacturer.
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Old 01-12-2020, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by rocketbob View Post
Summit is definitely Kirker. I had a few tech questions and they confirmed Summit was made by them when I contacted Kirker.

Thinking about it again and how I came the the conclusion that summit was Nason, I wonder if they changed brands since your call. All the Kirker paints I have seen ( and the eastwood paints) are 3:1 mix and the gallon cans come only 3/4 full. The Summit paint was a full gallon and a 4:1 mix ratio, same as Nason. Plus the color palet is pretty much the same as the Nason branded paints.
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Old 01-12-2020, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by rocketbob View Post
Summit and Eastwood paints are re-branded Kirker paint. I have done several projects with Kirker and have had nothing but positive results.
I just started working with Kirker. Thanks Jereme. So far just the EnduroPrime, but I like it. Can't argue cost either. Super cheap compared to SW Jet Flex. Mixes easy. Wet sands in 24 hours. Seems to stick really well. I plan to use the exterior paint later.
If you want a flattened paint, call Kirker and ask about mixing a flattening agent and what rate. They answer the phone. What a concept. I called recently and was told two coats of primer, wait till fully cured. 3-5 days. Wet sand with 800. Spray final paint. Cure. Wet sand 800, 2000 then cut and buff.
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