DTM Direct to Metal Paint
DTM is a direct to metal coating that needs no top coat or lacquer. Satin in finish, this paint is durable like a bedliner, very cost effective, and can come in any colour. Saving you further money on it can be purchased in schutz tins, drums, all sorts.
I'm assuming DTM on bodywork will still be significantly harder wearing than a normal car paint job though?
Whilst DTM is a single pack "all in one bedliner", it is very tough, and will stand up far better than a normal paint. For maximum durability apply with a texture.
Is DTM Paint prep work the same as for Raptor?
It is similar. DTM doesnt require a primer for most bare metals. However all surfaces should be scuffed and ready to accept paint. See the DTM TDS for more information.
What is the shelf life of the paint once the colour is added?
Adding colour, or having DTM come mixed with colour does not alter its pot life. Being a single pack product the pot life is around 1>2 years, until applied. However, the product should be resealed in its container wherever possible, and not left to slowly cure in the tin.
Can I use a little every now and again (I'm thinking maybe do the door shuts one day, and other fiddly bits before the rest of the van)?
Yes you can. DTM being single pack, is mix and apply. No pot life to deal with, and you can stop and start as you please.
What is the drying time?
Drying times are in the TDS, (link above). typically dust free in 20>30 minutes, and touch dry in 30>60 minutes
Does DTM take days to fully harden like Raptor?
Most paints take arund 2 weeks to fully hard cure. Although most including DTM are useable within a day or so, caution should be used until a longer period has passed.