XR8 XR6 Club of Victoria
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
2pak vs Acrylic
The difference is mainly the hardness of the finish.
Compared to 2pak Acrylic is fairly soft and scratches and wears much more easily. Acrylic paint (colour and gloss) will flex as it heats and cools and can crack more easily than 2pak.
The basecoat used under 2pak is soft but the 2pak gloss is very hard.
It resists scratching and wear to a far greater extend than Acrylic.
The major benefit is realised by the paint shop. 2pak delivers a better finish "off the gun" than acrylic and requires little final finishing.
Most cars come straight out of the oven and into the hands of the owner.
It is cheaper for professional use as minimal post painting labour is required.
Acrylic is coarser and generally requires cutting and polishing.
Another difference is home use.
Acrylic is fairly safe and dries very fast (hence the coarser finish).
2Pak dries very slowly and must be used in a clean room. These clean rooms are also ovens that assist with drying.
2pak gloss is highly poisonous and respirator equipment and full body protection must be used.
Off coarse, normal thinners is not healthy stuff either but a good quality filter mask is sufficient.
Some suggest that gloss depth and shine is better with 2pak. I have seen absolutely excellent results with PPG Premium 1K Clear (a "1pak" acrylic gloss). It's just less resistive to scratches and wear.
Oh, and for small jobs I use acrylic colour and the HiChem Iso free 2 pak clear. This is a acrylic based clear that delivers a finish compareable to normal 2 pak. Great for engine bays where good gloss finish off the gun is critical.
The XR family ---->
Muzza: a XR8 AU seriesIII...bog standard :)
TBH: (the better half) drives an ED XR6 wagon (Mock Dev 4 160rwkw, JMM extractors, 4 electric windows, Ghia door panels in XR trim, rear head & arm rests in XR trim, Momo s/wheel with Cruise, EL thermos, EBGT wheels, etc) things to come soon = EECV upgrade.