Best Automotive Body Paint in 2020



Magnet Paint Co Chassis Saver - Gloss Black - MPC-UCP99-01 (Gallon) Review:


I bought this because I had replaced my fuel pump on my truck. The frame and bottom of bed were rusty but nothing crazy like I've seen some pictures of people's swiss cheese...Like anything I believe a lot of my work was prep. Wirebrushing the rust scale off, then degreasing it, and washing it...etc.

I have before and after pictures of the rust and current state of the paint curing. They state on the directions that it takes about 72 hours to fully cure. I purchased a gallon and thought it would not be enough. I was very wrong. I STILL have a 1/4 of a gallon left and I did 3 coats on the entire underside of the bed, and the entire frame. I choose the satin black over the gloss black. I didn't want my frame shiny. When you first use this you will think this is gloss... it will dry more of a satin finish but still have a little shine to it.

Time is way too soon to tell on how long or if this will actually last. I will update accordingly. Paint was easy to apply and self levels itself. Wear gloves and old clothing when using this stuff. I got this on my skin because I was wearing a t-shirt and days later it is STILL on my skin after multiple showers/scrubbing. It doesn't want to come off. It also has a strong smell. My wife could smell this through out the entire house for about a day. Make sure if you can to have the garage door open so that air can get in and dissipate the smell of the paint.



POR-15 45404 Rust Preventive Coating Semi-Gloss Black - 1 quart Review:


I have seen where this has peeled off in a thin layer, possibly poor prep? I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing several smaller cans. This will start hardening before you use 1/4 can unless your painting a pretty large open area. Once the can is open and re-sealed, its usually on for the duration. Also very easy to contaminate if moisture gets inside. Sure you can use plastic wrap to possibly prevent it from sealing but why take the chance. Two coats are usually needed or rust will show its ugly head again. I can't state how important surface preparation is with any paint including POR-15. Respirator is a MUST if you spray this. You do NOT want to get this in your lungs. If you get it on your skin, it can be removed with the usual paint cleaners if you do it right away. If you wait too long, it will usually take 7-10 days to come off.
Last year, I destroyed a can trying to open it. I dumped the remaining into a small plastic jug for later use. Upon opening the container later, it was hardened. Don't make the same mistake. The smaller cans are a little more but if you end up throwing out half a can, your ahead of the game.



POR-15 45001 Gloss black Rust Preventive Paint - 1 Gallon Review:


I have seen where this has peeled off in a thin layer, possibly poor prep? I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing several smaller cans. This will start hardening before you use 1/4 can unless your painting a pretty large open area. Once the can is open and re-sealed, its usually on for the duration. Also very easy to contaminate if moisture gets inside. Sure you can use plastic wrap to possibly prevent it from sealing but why take the chance. Two coats are usually needed or rust will show its ugly head again. I can't state how important surface preparation is with any paint including POR-15. Respirator is a MUST if you spray this. You do NOT want to get this in your lungs. If you get it on your skin, it can be removed with the usual paint cleaners if you do it right away. If you wait too long, it will usually take 7-10 days to come off.
Last year, I destroyed a can trying to open it. I dumped the remaining into a small plastic jug for later use. Upon opening the container later, it was hardened. Don't make the same mistake. The smaller cans are a little more but if you end up throwing out half a can, your ahead of the game.



POR-15 45408 Rust Preventive Coating Semi-Gloss Black - 1 pint Review:


I have seen where this has peeled off in a thin layer, possibly poor prep? I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing several smaller cans. This will start hardening before you use 1/4 can unless your painting a pretty large open area. Once the can is open and re-sealed, its usually on for the duration. Also very easy to contaminate if moisture gets inside. Sure you can use plastic wrap to possibly prevent it from sealing but why take the chance. Two coats are usually needed or rust will show its ugly head again. I can't state how important surface preparation is with any paint including POR-15. Respirator is a MUST if you spray this. You do NOT want to get this in your lungs. If you get it on your skin, it can be removed with the usual paint cleaners if you do it right away. If you wait too long, it will usually take 7-10 days to come off.
Last year, I destroyed a can trying to open it. I dumped the remaining into a small plastic jug for later use. Upon opening the container later, it was hardened. Don't make the same mistake. The smaller cans are a little more but if you end up throwing out half a can, your ahead of the game.



TCP Global Brand SG244 Liquid Thickness & Viscosity Measuring Cup Ford # 4 Four, Viscosimeter to Measure Paint Review:


Purchased to use with a HVLP gun. It is helpful to be able to compare consistencies you spray. I am not sure how accurate it is but I dont really care. I use it to compare the things I spray through the gun. Certain guns I have spray better at certain times so that what i make the liquid i am spraying.

I ended up cutting the lip of the cup off and then bending the end of the handle straight up in line with the cup in order to be able to place it inside of mason jars. The mason jars is where I do all my mixing.

I believe i cut the rim off with a razor blade and then sanded it smooth.



Dupli-Color HVP106 Flat Black High Performance Vinyl and Fabric Spray - 11 oz Review:


Ok, I had to make a review because I see so many negatives. This is an amazing product if used properly. By properly I mean as follows: First of all you MUST, MUST, MUST prepare the surfaces with incredible vigor. Get a rag and dampen it with Laquer thinner or Enamel reducer. NOT turpentine or mineral spirits. Once you think you've cleaned it thoroughly, go over it two more times. Now take the can and shake it well. LIGHTLY spray the item so that it barely covers the piece. You will notice at this point that the product isn't paint at all but that it's a dye and is slowly etching into the vinyl or leather. Now wait 10 or 15 more minutes and spray another light coat. It should still not completely cover the item. Wait another 10 or 15 minutes and hit it with another coat. Continue this until you have full coverage. Now here's the most important part...if the item is a high usage piece (Such as seats or arm rests), set it aside and let it cure for no less than two weeks. I know, it's tough but necessary. I've used this product on vinyl seats and 4 years later they still look brand new. It's hard to believe that you can "paint" vinyl seats but it really, really works.



Dupli-Color MC200 Red Metal Cast Anodized Color - 11 oz. Review:


Here are a few pointers and clarifications for those not familiar with this product... yet want to get decent results !

The Metal-Cast line-up is essentially a 'clear' pigment paint. It's like a dye or tint, commonly referred to as a candy paint. Therefore, the base coat, (beginning) color, texture matters - because it become a part of the final look. And since this type of paint is basically a transparent color, it essentially colorizes what ever you want to paint. I've had success tinting raw sanded aluminum parts for that 'anodized effect. However, to get consistent/uniform anodized effect on most projects, it's a good idea to paint your part with the 'Ground' product, as this is a metallic/silver speck paint.

Tips :
Many thin coats !! I can't stress the importance of applying just a small thin light coat, allow to dry, then repeat. We tend to want to lay the paint down all at once - RESIST THAT URGE ! First, the nozzle doesn't quite layout an even coat regardless of how smooth you are. So forcing yourself to lay down many many multiple coats will actually help you sum a more evenly average coverage - which is a good thing. Second, the quick drying of the aerosol propellant cools the part, which means if laying down too much at one application will attract more moisture (condensation) thus leads to cloudy/milky flaws. Again, avoid this by keeping very thin coats at a time, allow to dry and part to warm back up. One good thing, the thin coats flash-off (dry) pretty quick, so another coat can be ready within minutes. I found a heat-gun (or heated hair drier) handy for accelerating the application of coats and getting a cloud-free build-up of color. Again, humidity will cause clouding/milky opaque results, so the heated air drying helps keep the part warm and chase away any moisture, keeping each layer crystal clear.. Lastly - shake the can well, and always shake this can except when actively spraying. Good luck !

Compatible base, take your time - thin coats - that's the secret to great results with this product. Hope this was helpful.



Dupli-Color MC201 Blue Metal Cast Anodized Color - 11 oz. Review:


Here are a few pointers and clarifications for those not familiar with this product... yet want to get decent results !

The Metal-Cast line-up is essentially a 'clear' pigment paint. It's like a dye or tint, commonly referred to as a candy paint. Therefore, the base coat, (beginning) color, texture matters - because it become a part of the final look. And since this type of paint is basically a transparent color, it essentially colorizes what ever you want to paint. I've had success tinting raw sanded aluminum parts for that 'anodized effect. However, to get consistent/uniform anodized effect on most projects, it's a good idea to paint your part with the 'Ground' product, as this is a metallic/silver speck paint.

Tips :
Many thin coats !! I can't stress the importance of applying just a small thin light coat, allow to dry, then repeat. We tend to want to lay the paint down all at once - RESIST THAT URGE ! First, the nozzle doesn't quite layout an even coat regardless of how smooth you are. So forcing yourself to lay down many many multiple coats will actually help you sum a more evenly average coverage - which is a good thing. Second, the quick drying of the aerosol propellant cools the part, which means if laying down too much at one application will attract more moisture (condensation) thus leads to cloudy/milky flaws. Again, avoid this by keeping very thin coats at a time, allow to dry and part to warm back up. One good thing, the thin coats flash-off (dry) pretty quick, so another coat can be ready within minutes. I found a heat-gun (or heated hair drier) handy for accelerating the application of coats and getting a cloud-free build-up of color. Again, humidity will cause clouding/milky opaque results, so the heated air drying helps keep the part warm and chase away any moisture, keeping each layer crystal clear.. Lastly - shake the can well, and always shake this can except when actively spraying. Good luck !

Compatible base, take your time - thin coats - that's the secret to great results with this product. Hope this was helpful.



Dupli-Color EBSP30000 Clear Coat Paint Shop Finish System - 32 oz., Clear Gloss Review:


I bought this paint for a replacement Honda Civic bumper cover. Most of the other paints I looked at were much more expensive ($80 or more), and I just wanted something cheap that would approximately match the car's existing green metallic paint. I was prepared for it looking just ok, as I wasn't going to prime or add a clear coat.

After spraying the first coat with a cheap ($45) Lowe's compressed air spray gun, I was surprised at how great it looked. The paint was perfectly smooth and the metallic sheen really stood out. I added 3 more coats. The paint color is slightly lighter than the car's original color, but pretty good considering it's not supposed to be a perfect match anyway. The job required less than half of the 32 oz. container.

This was my first time using a sprayer and the results came out way better than my expectations. The body shop wanted $350 just to paint my new bumper, but I did it for less than $60, including the cost of the spray gun.



VHT MC202 Yellow 11 Ounce Dupli-Color Coating Anodized Review:


It's been about 2 months now and I had used this product for my 2011 WRX headlights project. they're still holding the bright yellow color, and there has been no chipping cracking or peeling. Product was just as expected. Clear yellow coating. Dried in a timely manner, was not too over saturated. I don't have any problems with the product. The inky thing that I did not like was that it was not a gloss or high gloss finish, but j can't remove a star for that because it was not advertised as such.