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Old 08-08-2014, 09:00 AM   #1
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POR-15 on tongue and bumper?

I am restoring a frame for a '61 Safari and am getting close to being ready to apply the POR-15. I was planning to POR-15 the whole thing, tongue to bumper, but I read that the POR-15 is highly sensitive to UV and should never be exposed to sunlight.

I was planning to paint the tongue and bumper with a silver top coat. Is that good enough to protect the POR-15? Or should I skip the POR-15 on the tongue and bumper?

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Old 08-08-2014, 10:36 AM   #2
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Airwave...if I were you I would POR 15 both tongue and bumper. They will be exposed to more weather than the frame. But you are correct about exposure to UV light. Solution is to spray over the POR 15 when you are done. We did that on several trailers and they look great. POR 15 is hard to beat. It is extremely durable, flows out nice, and lasts.

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I agree. I used that stuff on the whole frame of my 1980 Corvette during frame off restore. Stuff is hard to beat!
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:21 PM   #4
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I coated over the Por-15 that I used on the frame, tongue & bumper on my Bambi II with the sterling silver over the bumper & tongue. The Por-15 fades & isn't the nice black it was when you put it on if it's in the sun. The sterling can be put directly over the Por-15 if you don't wait too long. It's holding up just fine.Click image for larger version

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Rustoleum 4 years later

Our local welding shop recommended Rustoleum over POR 15 for our Bambi II.
So I used Rustoleum red primer followed by 2 coats of Rustoleum silver brushed on. Here's the bumper 4 years later.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:49 PM   #6
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You guys are awesome....thanks.

So I am hearing that painting over the black POR-15 is adequate UV protection.

It's a 45 minute drive for me to get any more POR-15 products but it sounds like any Home Depot/Rustoleum type metal paint will do?

Is a primer necessary between the POR-15 black and a silver top coat?
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:18 PM   #7
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There is a product called Aluthane that is similar to POR15 but you can use it as a top coat as well. I would not put Rustoleum on a child's wagon.


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