Join Date: May 2010
Location: Port Orange, FL
I used the SW Dimention line only. I havent ever used their good stuff. The paint is a little thin and takes an extra coat or two. But I just got a bright red that was $80 a gallon (freekin cheap!). It is a 2:1 mix but the color looks great, and i ended up putting 5 coats on (4 would have been enough, but it is a little dark where I paint and I wanted to be sure of good coverage). So it does take more paint, but at those prices, one or two more coats is no biggy. Just for comparison, the better brand of SW paint in the same color was a tad over $600 for a gallon of just the paint.
I talked to the rep after the paintwork was done, and he said lots of guys cut the reducer in half for the first coat, and the coverage is much better that way.
Also I think the Dimention clear was like $56 a gallon.... including hardener!!! (freekin cheap again!) I was very impressed with the flow of this cheap stuff.
We got 2 gallons of paint and 2 gallons of clear with hardener and reducer, and it came in at just over $300 total. That is unreal to me!! I had to get so much because I was painting a 66 Impala, all apart, undersides and jambs....etc... and I ended up using most of it. I did get a bug in the hood that I resanded, blended a little color on , and re-cleared the whole hood, probly have a pint left over. That Impala is huge by the way!!
I dont think i have the post count to put a pic up, but i could show you where in the jambs and door edges, the clear flowed soo well that it still looks like its wet, and not even a hint of peel. Amazing! And this was done with a HVLP gun, which are notorius for spraying peel in clear. I have a DeVillbis "Plus" compliant gun, that lays clear much better than my Sata, but I dropped it and damaged a part of it, and needed to clear ASAP.
I totally agree, I never mix brands... ever. Pick a system, and go with it.