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Which Imron?

Hi All,
Trying to decide on a topside paint. Have used Perfection, Imron (the auto product in Mexico) and Brightside with varying results over the years.

Maine Sail's posts on difference between polyester and acrylic LPUs have been very helpful. Thanks.

My question is, there are many Dupont Imron products out there... which one is the best.

Migration is a 1969 Cross 46 tri -- glass over ply. So quite a bit of flex in the hulls.

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For marine use Imron MS600 is the product...
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Be careful with Dupont. I am having real trouble getting them to supply a blue paint code for touching up a very expensive all-boat re-spray from 1992.
Be careful, you may be left swinging, with scratches on an expensive paint job and no assistance in how to find the paint to touch them up.
I would be tempted to go elsewhere.
I really would.
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Re: Which Imron?

Thanks for the input to both of you.

Maine Sail, it may be that only awlcraft 2000 is easily available in Thailand. Any opinion on that compared to the Imron as they are both acrylic LPUs? Also, for our large deck (trimaran with 70 sq meters of deck) do you have any paint recommendations? In the past we used Imron (from Mexico) with Sterling non-skid shaken onto it.

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Thanks for the input to both of you.

Maine Sail, it may be that only awlcraft 2000 is easily available in Thailand. Any opinion on that compared to the Imron as they are both acrylic LPUs? Also, for our large deck (trimaran with 70 sq meters of deck) do you have any paint recommendations? In the past we used Imron (from Mexico) with Sterling non-skid shaken onto it.

Thanks much.
Bruce

My own boat is Awlcraft 2000 and it has held up very well..
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Re: Which Imron?

We did a test several years ago on a piece of fabric from an airplane painted with Dupont Imron. We stuck it in a wire fence and left it for several years. It stayed flexible. Every so often we would take it out of the fence and bend it to see if it hardened to the point of cracking. After about two years we quit messing with it.
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Imron is a good paint but DuPont is a PITA to deal with, always has been for the little guy. I like Centauri myself. Great gloss and holdout and very blendable and buffable.
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Re: Which Imron?

Rockter, paint that has been outdoors for 20 years will no longer match the original code. it will have faded. The best way to match it is to take a chip into someone who sells that paint, and unless they're really in the bush, they should be able to pop it under a comparator which spits out the correct pgiment mix for them to use with today's pigments and today's products. Pigments and products do sometimes change over the years, so the comparator match is the best way to go.

Some companies just keep lousy archives. i was surprised when I contacted Omega (you'd think a reputable established firm) to ask about the movement in a 50-year old watch. They say "We have no records" and had no idea what the movement was, even with the number from it.

"Some guy on the internet" had the numbers and knew exactly what it was. So much for corporate legacies, huh? As if it would be so hard for the corporation to archive their own information.
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