Zolatone for trunk paint

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by wkillgs, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    Has anyone here used this?
    Zolatone looks like the best option for use as a trunk paint. Very durable, and has the right textured, splatter look. It has been used for decades on Airstreams, boats, airplanes, and was possibly the OEM for trunk finishes(?).

    I'm trying to match the original 65-66 Grey with white speckle. Is the #20-74 or #20-77 the one,
    or do I have to pay the extra $15 to get this special mix:

    BTW, a distributor in my state wants $25 a quart....
    The above sites want $35 for the generic color, and $50 for the 'special mix'
    And a restoparts-supplier wants $62 a quart!
    Are these the same mixes, or is it just price-gauging?:rant:
  2. 1967 Big Buick

    1967 Big Buick One day at a time.

    I've used it for a truck bed and let me tell you that stuff has one wickedly strong odor. It took 2 days for the smell to dissapear. Excellent and durable to say the least though. I sprayed it for a customer some 10 years ago and it still looks like it was just sprayed.

    How were you planning on spraying it? I used an undecoat gun inorder to get the exact finish they offered. Air pressure and technique is crucial for same look as chip.

    Another thing: I don't know if you ever heard of gravel-tex - rubberized undercoat, they have that in different colors including grey and white. I used the grey first then I used the white over to get a nice spatter affect again air pressure and technique are key.
  3. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    Zolatone recommends a pressure-feed, but I was going to use a conventional spray gun with a large tip....as many in other forums have had success with them.
    It's a 2 step application. First, mist it on with hi pressure and low fluid opening. That will break up the globules and give even coverage. Then open up the volume, and reduce the pressure to splatter it on for the right effect.
    Yes, it will take some practice!
    If that doesn't work, I have a schutz gun I can try....but I suspect that may put it on too heavy.

    Zolatone also offers a small gun powered by aerosol cans.

    I'm presently having a difficult time finding a local distributor that is also knowledgable about the product. Zolatone hasn't been much help since they just changed ownership and are still disorganized.
  4. 1967 Big Buick

    1967 Big Buick One day at a time.

    For some reason Zolatone never caught on around here. Even though people ask about it they really not that interested. Maybe it's because of there support team as you mentioned.

    Good luck with your venture.
  5. gbsean

    gbsean Moderator

    the problem with Zolatone is that it cannot be shipped below 32* F and it also has a shelf life and special mixing instructions so you do not break the speckles up whrn you mixed the products...we can order it...but it will not ship during the winter months...so that leaves 1/2 the country out during the prime restoration months.....Duplicor still makes the correct spatter paint and they also make a sealer to go on top to make it more durableanother product is Hamertone which also has some speckle colors available and is epoxy based as opposed to water based
  6. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    Thanks Sean, that's something I did not know!:TU:
  7. Topless64-455

    Topless64-455 Well-Known Member

    Walt, the body shop that replaced my trunk floor used it and he said I could put the mat in and never have to worry about rust again. They used the grey and white and think it looks great. I cant take a picture until next week.
  8. Stampy

    Stampy Well-Known Member

    My dad painted our '87 Subaru with Zolatone.

    Not the trunk, mind you.

    The whole damn thing. :Brow: It looked awesome, wish I could find a pic. Required absolutely no bodywork, Zolatone was actually more durable than the remaining sheet metal. Probably added a couple hundred pounds of curb weight... but it kept the car together another 5 years before we had to part with it.

    '66 Skylark 340-4
  9. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    Cool! (or weird????)
    Any pics?:Brow:

    Anyway, even my local auto paint dealer has a hard time getting Zolatone. He found a supplier in Calif. $35 for the paint, $10 shipping, and $20 hazard surcharge. $65 for a quart??? Uh, I'll get back to you....
    went to www.Ditcheck.com
    And they had it for $27 a quart, and and another $10 for shipping. Deal!:TU:
    It was drop-shipped from Arizona, and it arrived here this week.....just in time for the cold weather.:Dou:

    So, it's gonna sit on a shelf until I get some warm weather.....
  10. gbsean

    gbsean Moderator

    have your local dealer check with Midstate Tool and Supply in Altoona PA...thats where we order ours from I can PM you with a number if you want it....
  11. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    Mid State was initially referred to me by the Zolatone rep. I gave them a call, but they wouldn't sell direct to me, since they only sell wholesale.....
    Also, they were out of stock at the time. They should have it back in by now, tho.

    Dikcheck gave me a great price, and I had it in a week. Wish it was warm enough to paint!
  12. CUSTOMD1

    CUSTOMD1 Well-Known Member

    I Use The 3m Brand "profesional Rubberized" Under Coating In All My Trunk Restos,after At Least 7 Days Of Drying Time (less In Summer) I Shoot Vht Or Plasticolr Spatter Paint Over That (if You Dont Let The Undercoating Completly Dry Out It Will Bleed Threw The Spatter Paint).
    After That Has Completly Dried I Shoot Satin Finish Clear Over The Spatter Because The Spatter Is "not" Water Proof And If For Some Reason You Get The Trunk Wet Or Damp It Will Soften And Lift The Spatter.
    When Done I Have Had Great Results And Looks Factory Corect.
  13. Brian Albrecht

    Brian Albrecht Gold Level Monkey

    After numerous spray outs, my shop was able to come up with a grey paint/Zolatone combination that looked great. Thanks for letting us in on the product Walt! The appearance is very original and pleasing to the eye. Much more so than the spray bombs. If anyone is interested in buying the rest of the can off me {enough for another A body trunk I'm told} please pm me.

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