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Post by way2fasts on June 2nd 2011, 9:56 pm

I am debating whether or not i want to use hardener in my paint, i am going to roll on the first coat of black tomorrow, and i think i have to get some more mineral spirits cause i am running low, but my question is if i use a hardener will i need a clearcoat, or is it better to go no hardener and then clearcoat, btw my clearcoat would be out of spray cans, not gun, and i am rolling this paint on.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on June 3rd 2011, 9:15 am

I would use a hardener. Quicker dry time, harder finish and more gloss. No clear coat needed. Valspar makes a nice hardener. Check your local Tractor Supply.
http://www.tractorsupply.com/agriculture-farming-ranching/tractor-tune-up-repair/tractor-paint-safety-emblems-decals/tractor-paint/valspar-enamel-hardner-8-fl-oz--3449669
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Post by way2fasts on June 3rd 2011, 10:26 am

Is that the same valspar that they sell at lowes, and do I need to get anything in particular or will any hardener work
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Post by 63Falconconvert on June 3rd 2011, 10:52 am

yes Lowes sells valspar, our Lowes here in NY doesn't sell the hardener.
Any enamal hardener will work, make sure it's for enamal
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Post by way2fasts on June 3rd 2011, 11:47 am

Alright I think i know a paint shop I can check out today, and I assume I can only put a little in or the paint will dry to fast but thanks for the help much appreciated
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Post by 63Falconconvert on June 3rd 2011, 11:57 am

yes the amount of hardener to paint/reducer is small. It's usaully like 4 parts paint, 1 part reducer, 1 part hardener. If you are rolling then I would do 2 or 3 parts reducer (mineral spirits) to 4 parts paint to 1 part hardener.
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