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DTM Primers (Direct to Metal) Also DTR

All primers in the 53xx series are now ALL DIRECT TO RUST! 

DTM Primers Kit

Like our clears, we wanted to develop ultra-high-quality foundation primers.

Our 5300 series primers boast a true direct to metal resin (same as in our clears) which means it can be used on the entire vehicle. Many others claim to be direct to metal but tell you not to apply on anything larger than the size of a quarter. Another unique attribute of this series is that has a really high build much like a polyester filler primer. However, while our build is the same, it has flexibility and won’t crack like a polyester. It also uses an actual ISO hardener that allows it to crosslink to the substrate. The cheaper polyester primers only use MEKP which does nothing than offer a chemical reaction which is a weak point in refinishing. If that wasn’t enough the 5311 has rust encapsulation properties. What that means is that if you have blasted a car and it sat overnight and has flash rust can simply scuff and clean the panel and apply directly over the rust. We have actually taken this to the extreme to see how well this primer will encapsulate. Over 10 years ago we took a rusty panel and applied 5311 over it. Since that time it has been out in elements and the rust has not come back through. As said this is an extreme case and we don’t recommend going over heavy rust like this but the product has proven to withstand the torture. Another nice feature of the 5300 series primers is that they can be reduced and used as a silky-smooth sealer which allows you to use one product instead of having to buy a dedicated primer and a dedicated sealer. It is available in white, black and grey. These products were not designed to provide protection on vehicles left outside in the elements and we recommend first applying our DTA epoxy first if using on a long-term restoration.



TDS Sheets


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Q: I normally spray primers in the 50 degree temps. Why can't I use your primer in the 50's??

A: You may not realize it, but most likely you are using whats called alkyd, or polyester urethane. A code name for "enamel paint". Enamel based primers will cure without a hardener (although adding hardener improves their durability). There is metal dryers in those "other brands."

Hardener stops working at about 60 degrees. So when you buy our DTM primer and using our hardener, Your primer will not dry as its designed to.

Heat up your area.


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Kit Includes:
1- HP5300 Series Primer
1- HH3100 Hardener
Reducer is NOT Included in any Primer kits, however it is highly recommended.


Customer Reviews

Based on 323 reviews
taylor blain
Dtm primer

Have not used it yet but custom service is great

Savage Tuning
As Always!!

Quality Products and Fast Service.

Michael Barwick

DTM Primers (Direct to Metal) Also DTR

Joey Jurewicz

The only downside of this product is dry time but they just dropped a faster drying primer. This stuff sands like butter and builds super nice. As a sealer it lays down super slick and turns from shiny to dull once its flashed so theres no mistaking when its ready for basecoat.

Lawrence East-Coste
Awesome primer

This stuff is amazing I have been in the business for over 30yrs and has now became my favorite primer of all time !