We still have a way to go to get our LB ready but Ii always try to look ahead. We have patched quite allot of rivet holes so the shell looks like it has a disease. It was painted by a PO with house paint. We sanded that off only where we did the shell repairs.
Because of the unexpected expense of our "repairs" we wont be painting for a year or so. For now we would like to paint some sort of design to camouflage the spots but don't want to make "lots" more work for when we do start prepping for new paint in the future. I thought about acrylic craft paint with a shot of clear coat on top to seal it in. This is only temporary so cost is an issue.
Anybody have a suggestion as to what type of paint will cause us the least problems in the future.
I'm thinking the same as Bob. The problem, is different paint types don't play well together. I'd rather use a decal eraser and remove the decals just before final paint, than worry about problems with different paints. YMMV
Lacquer! It cures much faster than enamel. You can spray enamel over lacquer but not vice versa. Do not use primer unless you are going to seal it with something. Primer is designed to absorb that's why you see all these cars with primer spots that are rusting out. They would be better off leaving the bare metal.
Definitely planing to do a 70's theme. Want to put some big flowers, stickers wont do what I want and would like to save the expense. I am artist but no experience with painting fiberglass. I mostly work in acrylics that is why it was my first thought. With a shot of polyurethane to keep it on. Waiting for nice paint job to sand the whole thing. I hate to think of trying to paint with lacquer, or enamel but don't want to make things complicated when it is time to paint "for real.
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If it is only going to be a year or so, I would not bother. Whatever you do now, may cause problems in the future when you are ready to do a final coat. If the appearance really bothers you, buy a cheap tire cover for the spare and have Work in Progress printed on it.