I have a fuel canister made in 1943, cleaned it from rust and old paint and sprayed over with gray primer that I had in garage. The primer is alcyd paint, with anti-corrosion properties.

Most of my spray cans seem to contain acrylic paint, can I use them over the alcyd base or should I go shopping for alcyd paint, just to be sure?

  • Are the topcoats from that same brand acrylic? Check it out. It's not uncommon for primers to have a somewhat different chemistry from the topcoat. Apr 5, 2020 at 16:48
  • @Harper-ReinstateMonica No, they are completely different, I applied the base using air compressor and spray gun, while the paints are in spray bottles. Apr 5, 2020 at 17:03

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You can use acrylic over alkyd primer, in fact that is a preference of mine. What I generally do not do is apply alkyd finish over acrylic (unless I sand thoroughly).

  • I will give it a try when the base is dry. After all, it is not Bentley I'm painting, just want to learn from this. Apr 5, 2020 at 17:06

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