Author Topic: The Official End for Lacquer Paint.  (Read 534 times)

Offline South_paw

The Official End for Lacquer Paint.
« on: April 07, 2018, 04:21:37 PM »
PPG announced on Friday that it's the end of the road for their lacquer paint line. Basically it ended long before this date when they stopped maintaining formulas years ago. RM was the first one to discontinue the paint over 15 years ago. Dupont was right behind RM. I can't believe PPG held on this long.

There is a historical Cadillac tie in with Acrylic Lacquer. Cadillac was the first to offer this new finish Mid year 1956 on the Eldorado's.
1956 Eldorado Biarritz
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Offline kkarrer

Re: The Official End for Lacquer Paint.
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2018, 08:49:14 PM »
     One of the few places to still get lacquer is at Auto Color Library.  They have all of the original color codes and formulas and can mix in lacquer, single stage enamel, or base/clear.  Hope to see you all at GN in Texas this summer.  I'll buy you a good, cold Lone Star beer.
Take care,

Offline Caddy Daddy 55

Re: The Official End for Lacquer Paint.
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2018, 12:01:09 PM »
What was before Laquer?


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Offline novetti

Re: The Official End for Lacquer Paint.
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 07:16:54 PM »
Nitrocellulose ?

Offline Agent86

Re: The Official End for Lacquer Paint.
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2018, 01:38:50 PM »
Lou's comment about 1956 was the introduction of ACRYLIC lacquer.  Before that, lacquers were nitrocellulose.  After the adoption of acrylic lacquer came enamels, then catalyzed enamels (just the addition of a chemical hardener), then urethanes (like the famous IMRON).  Your modern "single stage" or "two stage" (base coat/clear coat) is urethane.

Lacquer dries in minutes and is hard enough to wet sand the next day.  Enamels stayed gummy for a while and weren't cured for a month or more (if we made a mistake in an enamel paint job, we had to wait a while to fix it).  Urethanes dry and cure faster than enamels, but not as fast as lacquers (old timers used to say that lacquer was dry sometime between when it came out of the gun and when it hit the panel).  Still, if you are going to "cut and buff" a urethane paint job, it is best to do so before too much time passes. 

Anyway, that is my understanding and experience.  But Lou is the expert...
Art Gardner