In reply to a message from NickolasS sent Wed 28 Sep 2011:
A year ago I painted my XK140 at home. Previously I had
only painted two cars, with a brush, and one car using
To paint the Jag I used Dupont Nason Ful-thane 2K
urethane paint which is a catalyzed urethane needing no
clear coat. Most importantly, for me, is that this type
of paint, which has been around for years, according to
the paint stores is completely compliant with the new
paint regulations coming into effect in Ontario (maybe
they are already in effect) and will still be available
in the future. I like this as I know I will be doing
various repairs and touch ups to the paint job, and can
still buy additional paint of this exact type whenever
I painted the car outdoors and rolled it into the garage
to dry. As expected, I ended up with bugs, runs, dust and
a little orange peel in the paint, but these defects can
be sanded out and the polished just like the old fashioned
lacquer paint which is no longer available here.
Straight out of the spray gun the paint dries to a nice
gloss, and this gloss can be regained after wet sanding
the defects out and then polishing.
I only put on 3 relatively heavy coats, but now I wish I
had applied 2 or 3 more coats, because after the wet
sanding, the remaining paint is pretty thin.
Also, be sure to let the primer dry completely for at
least a few days before applying any paint. I did not,
and 3 weeks after painting the car, a bunch of bubbles
appeared right in the middle of the bonnet. Apparently
these are called solvent pops, and are caused by gas
emanating from the uncured primer under the paint. I had
to sand down and repaint the bonnet to get rid of the
You could always get a small can of this type of paint
and try it out on something to see if you like it.
I made a simple fresh air breathing apparatus by
attaching one end of a long vinyl tube to a regular dust
mask, and feeding fresh air from a separate compressor to
the other end of the tube.
If interested, you can read more in a posting I made on
the XK list back on October 7 , 2010, titled ‘‘new paint
job’’. Most helpful are comments made by others much more
experienced and knowledgeable than myself.
The two tone brown paint on the car which I sanded off
The XK was actual nitrocellulose lacquer, applied in the
springtime of 1970. The ancient brown paint still had
that really nice polished lacquer gloss, but had cracked
and peeled off in so many places that I finally got up
enough courage to say good bye to the patina that had
developed over the years.
Oh well, that old brown lacquer paint job still exists in
The original message included these comments:
with VOC concerns mostly. In an amateur restorer but OCD particular
Gary Grant S818919DN
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