Anyone here paint their own car? - Miata Turbo Forum - Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members
 


General Miata Chat A place to talk about anything Miata

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-27-2008, 02:25 AM   #1
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (11)
 
Trent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 1,625
Total Cats: 5
Default Anyone here paint their own car?

I've done some small projects, like basic bodywork (banging out panels, applying body filler, etc.), and I helped my uncle paint his car with a standard old-school paint gun, so with that experience in mind, I think I'd like to take a stab at painting my whole Miata. I've done everything else on the car myself, why not at least attempt the body work?

I have a 60 gal 3.2 HP Campbell Hausfeld compressor and a Husky HVLP gun from Home Depot. The car is a combination of about 5 different colors right now, but I'm trying to decide on a final paint color. I'm leaning toward a dark silver, but may end up just repainting it Silverstone metallic just for simplicity's sake.

I don't have access to a paint booth, so I'm thinking I'll just put up some clear plastic sheeting around my carport, rig up an exhaust fan and a furnace filter, and have at it (using a respirator of course).

Anyone care to offer up some advice? I have a couple weekends worth of work prepping the car before I can attempt this, so I'm soliciting opinions.
Trent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 02:38 AM   #2
Junior Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: San Diego, Ca
Posts: 209
Total Cats: -1
Default



. . Does that count?
TeamPLUR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 03:13 AM   #3
Senior Member
iTrader: (13)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 606
Total Cats: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TeamPLUR View Post
[IMG]. . Does that count?
No.
jasonrobo02 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 03:28 AM   #4
Junior Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: San Diego, Ca
Posts: 209
Total Cats: -1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jasonrobo02 View Post
No.
hey nice location.
TeamPLUR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 03:31 AM   #5
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (11)
 
Trent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 1,625
Total Cats: 5
Default

Does anyone not from a Whale's Vagina have any input?
Trent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 03:33 AM   #6
Senior Member
iTrader: (1)
 
miataspeed1point6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Detroit
Posts: 1,235
Total Cats: 0
Default

I once painted my 94 Geo Prizm black in the front, a silver diagonal stripe followed by a blue rear end. It had rally lights on the hood and a CB radio with a HUGE whip antenna. I put 185/75/14 snow tires on it. Looked HILARIOUS and was a huge joke.

I know that doesn't help you, but I did paint the whole car.

I have always been told the prep work makes the finish. And I know the 2 most common problems are bugs and orange peel.
miataspeed1point6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 03:48 AM   #7
Junior Member
iTrader: (9)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Hanover, MA
Posts: 237
Total Cats: 0
Default

I've painted my car with some cheap single stage paint and a 30 gal compressor. Its not perfect but I'm happy with how it came out and i learned a lot while doing it. Prep work is very important. If you don't spend the time to clean and smooth the entire car you will see almost every small defect (chip, scratch, dirt, rust) once you start painting. Also before spraying you might want to get a scrap hood or fender and try painting that first.

Here are some picture of my project, there is a link to more pictures in my signature.


found this after some light sanding, stupid quarter was all filler
Pseudosport is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 03:56 AM   #8
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (11)
 
Trent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 1,625
Total Cats: 5
Default

my quarter on the passenger side looks just like that. :(
Trent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 10:46 AM   #9
Junior Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Hartville, OH
Posts: 174
Total Cats: 0
Default

i have painted several cars. the ones that turned out best i did on a sunny day in the driveway. prep work is important, but wet sanding and buffing is just as important after the paint is applied. use a 1500 or higher grit wet sand paper, then finish it with a high speed buffer and some 3M finishing compound.
left field is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 02:30 PM   #10
I'm Miserable!
iTrader: (5)
 
bryantaylor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: jacksonville, fl
Posts: 1,720
Total Cats: 0
Default

painted mine satin black in the driveway. the wind was blowing to hard though. looked decent until i got some engine de-greaser on it, need to re-paint it.
bryantaylor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 02:38 PM   #11
Elite Member
iTrader: (5)
 
akaryrye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Central California
Posts: 2,526
Total Cats: 0
Default

i painted my car a month ago with Nason single stage black and it turned out alright, but got some orange peel and a few runs that I have been able to mostly remove with sanding and buffing. That is the beauty of using a single stage nonmetallic paint is that you can sand and buff the defects out and that is why I went with it. If you go with that metallic paint and try to sand and buff it will screw up the metal flakes in the paint and it wont look right, so you are stuck with orange peel and runs.
akaryrye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 02:42 PM   #12
Antisaint
iTrader: (17)
 
Vashthestampede's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Danbury, CT
Posts: 4,659
Total Cats: 54
Default

Do all the prep yourself with the time you have, then have a bodyshop paint it. Its really not all that expensive....and not worth ******* up in my opinion. So what if you have a air compressor, spray gun, and car port. **** like painting a car is all about experience......

Vash-
Vashthestampede is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 03:05 PM   #13
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (11)
 
Trent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 1,625
Total Cats: 5
Default

For the same reason i could ask, "Why don't you bring your car to BEGi to have them put a turbo kit in for you, because turboing a car is hard."

because then i never learn how to do it and if i want to paint a car again, i have to pay a body shop again.

I already have the equipment, and i have the desire to learn. plus i have a ton of spare body panels from my old wrecked chassis to get my technique down.

I don't care if it comes out perfect. This is my track **** anyway. I'm not going to drop several thousand dollars on a concourse perfect paint job just to scuff it all up when I murder a cone.
Trent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 03:14 PM   #14
Antisaint
iTrader: (17)
 
Vashthestampede's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Danbury, CT
Posts: 4,659
Total Cats: 54
Default

Well whatever suits your needs then. Have fun with it.

Vash-
Vashthestampede is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 05:55 PM   #15
I'm Miserable!
iTrader: (5)
 
bryantaylor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: jacksonville, fl
Posts: 1,720
Total Cats: 0
Default

just go for it trent. if you really want to go cheap like i did. just get some rustoleum from home depot, thin it with acetone, then spray. $20 paint jobs FTW!!!
bryantaylor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 06:09 PM   #16
:(
iTrader: (7)
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: nowhere
Posts: 8,281
Total Cats: 2
Default

Ive done it the key here is patience and good equipment+mats ehaust fans and **** like that are secondary, and only apply to concerns of your health. A dust free enviroment it a must until the paint is cured abit though.
magnamx-5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 06:56 PM   #17
Junior Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Hartville, OH
Posts: 174
Total Cats: 0
Default

i find spraying the paint is the easy part. prep work is the hard part
left field is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 03:05 AM   #18
Elite Member
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 1,990
Total Cats: 9
Default

A year back, I was pretty hyped up about painting cars. Did all the research. Finally decided against it after reading about ISOcyanates.. Stuff will mess you up pretty badly even w/ one of those 3M masks (I bought the full face mask too. Never used it.) However, I understand in theory that one will be able to smell another larger molecules in paint b/f the ISOs penentrate the 3M filter.

What you really need is a respirator that has it's own air supply outside of the paint booth.
kenzo42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 03:27 AM   #19
Elite Member
iTrader: (15)
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Incline Village, NV
Posts: 2,073
Total Cats: 5
Default

thesnowboarder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 03:33 AM   #20
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (11)
 
Trent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 1,625
Total Cats: 5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kenzo42 View Post
A year back, I was pretty hyped up about painting cars. Did all the research. Finally decided against it after reading about ISOcyanates.. Stuff will mess you up pretty badly even w/ one of those 3M masks (I bought the full face mask too. Never used it.) However, I understand in theory that one will be able to smell another larger molecules in paint b/f the ISOs penentrate the 3M filter.

What you really need is a respirator that has it's own air supply outside of the paint booth.
So far, my research indicates that a good 3M respirator will be sufficient for painting a car. The problem with the charcoal masks is that you have to make sure to change the filters regularly, something a shop finds difficult to coordinate. That's why positive-pressure systems are recommended for painting in volume.

But for an amateur, a simple 3M respirator looks to be sufficient.

Believe me, i did a bunch of searching when I found out about isocyanates. lol.
Trent is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Black hardtop, Los Angeles thebeerbaron Miata parts for sale/trade 2 09-24-2015 04:16 AM
1997 Miata Misty_Miata pineda92 Meet and Greet 4 09-20-2015 10:22 PM
Wtb: front bumper in good shape any color arnetts7 WTB 0 09-12-2015 04:14 AM
New here, saying hi, here's what I'm workin with. SuperSneakySecretSquirrel Meet and Greet 5 09-06-2015 09:30 PM
2009 Subaru WRX Hatchback - Pearl White - 83k miles - $16999 Braineack Cars for sale/trade 3 09-04-2015 03:12 PM


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:16 AM.