Paint & body repair suppliers


Capt. Mike

Moderator
VW's primary paint suppliers were Glasurit & Herbert. Both have distributorships in the US. See the "Paint . . ." topic in EXTERIOR for warnings on mixing types of paint and primers.

Almost any color can now be perfectly matched with spectograph analysis from the major automotive paint suppliers. The accuracy of these matches has become very good and can now match slightly off or faded colors. However, matching faded paint is not recommended as the new paint will not fade at the same rate and color mismatches will quickly reappear.

Prior to choosing any paint be sure you have educated yourself on: what's on the car already; the different paint chemistries; the equipment need for different paint types; compatibility with other paints & primers; and the preparation and after-paint work necessary. New equipment & paint have made home-painting within reach of many, but the limitations can also ruin paint jobs. Most new paints require paint booth type environment and special breathing equipment. The more common paints like acrylic-enamel can be deadly without it.

Tower Paint offers aftermarket touch-up in spray cans for any color & year in both enamel & lacquer. They also 'match' paint and supplier primers for the products.
 

Capt. Mike

Moderator
Eastwood provides an extensive line of paint equipment and supplies for the amatuer & professional. They are a major supplier to the antique restorers.

Eastwood has a number of spray can paints for the non-body work such as underhood and chassis blacks. The have paint that will duplicate the goldish colored cad plating of many VW parts. They have undercoating, rust sealers, and exhaust paints.

Their products are usually very good and service prompt. They do have a 'buyer's club' that provides some discounts and free shipping.
 

Capt. Mike

Moderator
TiP, now known as TP Tools & Equipment, carries an extensive line of air compressors, sand/bead blasting booths, paint guns and paint preparation supplies. Their equipment tends to be upper quality and more towards the professional so they don't sell disposable compressors and such like those found at the discount home-improvement places. They have excellent tech support to help determine needs and support their products after sale with parts & upgrades. Although primarily a "tool" company, they have a number of supplies used in paint & body projects.

I have one of their bead blasting cabinets and use it extensively. We're working out an order for a new compressor system now (my ancient Devilbliss blew last week).
 

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