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Old 07-02-2006, 11:23 PM   #1
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I am think of useing my project car(not a mazda) and seeing if i can pain it. Just looking for some tips and ideas.

Any one done this befor?

If i do it i will take lots of pictures and post them up. I was thinking of trying two diffrent ways.

1. spray gun
2. spray paint can

I have seen people use only spry cans in a mag one time and it turned out looking really nice. Well would any one like to see me try this. It sounds like a fun idea to me.

Note: Its not big deal if the project car looks like crap. Its almost on its way to the junk yard. Its 99% dead but i can learn to do body work on it so after that its gone. Right now its kinda a Go-cart / paper weight. lol thanks guys
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:36 PM   #2
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spray paint jobs have very little longevity, easily scratched etc.

just bare that in mind
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:47 PM   #3
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see my thread in general miata.
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I was thinking of doing some kind of clear coat. I mainly just wanted to see how my body work would look. Thanks I'll keep that in mind.
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I'll be shooting LOLA within two weeks now. All the body work has been finished and half of the car is now sanded to where I would like it. I now have all of the paint & materials for it. I just need to sand the bumpers all of the way down to get rid of the spider cracks and chips on them.
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Thinking of trying out tremclad and some paitence. Any one done it? Seen it in a diffrent forum....
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I have done quite a bit of painting, and being as cheap as I am here are some of the things that I have found that will allow for a near professional quality paint job. The prep is the important part, and then patience. I have a fairly decent sized compressor, 25 gallons, and then I use HPLV guns from Harbor Freight. I run them at about 35 psi (while spraying air, should be about 42psi not spraying) at the gun, and then adjust paint flow from there. I have sprayed duPont Imron and that is both way expensive and harder to deal with due to the viscocity being so low (very thick paint). I prefer duPont Nason, it is a three part paint, with reducer, activator and the paint components. I get excellent coverage and a smooth glossy finish very easily, it makes me look like a genius. Right now I use Imron clear coat since I bought a gallon of it, but the Nason clear is an excellent product and much easier to work with.

Having tried other means to paint with this is how I get the best quality with consumer equipment. I have tried other brands of paint, where they are premixed with reducer or whatever and they do not work as well, and they dont last very long. I highly recommend the HPLV guns from Harbor Freight, they are inexpensive and work well. I have tried to spot repair a fender with spray paint and no matter what you do (especially with metallics) you get a cloudy finish. With the Nason, with average weather conditions you can have the paint dry to the touch in about an hour so you can minimize blemishes and particulates.

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That sounds like a sure way, its just a little scary jumping in and painting on my car. I just got a job at body shop here in austin and i think i can have them do it for almost nothing. About th espray gun, you have to love harbor freight.
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if you use tremclad, thin it so you can spray it
then light first coat then little heavier for 4 more
the reason for the extra coats is for wet sanding and polishing after... to make it last

did the wifes 79 potiac lemans and it lasted 3 years of year round driving up here before the rear quarters needed touchup behind the tires the rest still was shiny and no fading

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spray paint jobs have very little longevity, easily scratched etc.

just bare that in mind
Follow the spray paint up with multiple coats of clear. I used spray cans for my mirrors and windshield frame, but they're sprayed with paint from an autopaint supply shop that makes the cans on site and followed up by clear from a can. They just don't do pearls and metallics in spray can at the shop I go to for some reason.
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Don't use spray cans, most of those paint jobs come out looking..well... like spray cans. Get yourself a decent compressor/paint gun combo.
Words from my first experiences with compressed guns:
1> Use reducer haha.
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