Car Forums  

Go Back   Car Forums > Technical Discussions > Repairs & Maintenance
FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-11-2005, 07:19 AM   #1
h34vy_duty
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 7
trying to paint my car......

Ok so, im trying to paint my car and i dont have any real experience doing this. Im trying to do this for as cheap as possible and im leaning towards acrilic enamel. but im not sure about how to mix it or what size nozzle to use on my gun. Any help would be appreciated.
h34vy_duty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2005, 03:38 PM   #2
carls47807
CF Freak
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: new york
Posts: 582
go to your local parts plus and they should carry gallons of Plasti-cote enamel. the colors are about 40 to 50 bucks a gallon (they have red, white, off white, yellow, green, black, silver and a couple others). i have not sprayed with them before but i would imagine they would be fine for a first time paint job. the reducer is only 7 dollars a quart. they will be able to help you out further.
carls47807 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2005, 04:02 PM   #3
SUVv6
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Yuma,AZ
Posts: 12
Just go to maaco, they sandblast, body, and paint your car for like $350.
SUVv6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 03:57 AM   #4
h34vy_duty
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 7
h34vy_duty

well, i would go to maco but im really just trying to learn how to paint, so thats out of the question. Plus most likely im going to get the same product as maco if i do it myself.
h34vy_duty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 03:59 AM   #5
carls47807
CF Freak
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: new york
Posts: 582
that's why i would go with the cheap 50 dollar gallons. they sell the primer/surface and primer sealer as well. it'll make a great starter paint and a lot less expensive if you royally screw it up.
carls47807 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:01 AM   #6
carls47807
CF Freak
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: new york
Posts: 582
by the way - i painted the corvair in the picture with ppg acrylic enamel. it is called concept, and it is by far the best product i have ever sprayed with (aside from lacquer). if you want to do a real nice job later on down the road i would use this.
carls47807 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:02 AM   #7
h34vy_duty
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 7
alright, but does it realy matter what size nozzle i use on my gun, and do i need to put a primer down first if ive already wet sanded
h34vy_duty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:08 AM   #8
carls47807
CF Freak
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: new york
Posts: 582
i would suggest using a primer sealer that is compatible with the brand of paint you are buying. that way the top coat will cover a lot better and you won't get any surprises (like bubbling or dull spots).

as far as nozzle sizes, i just use the one that came on my binks sprayer. the best way to learn to paint is by trial and error. if you are going to be painting a lot i would buy a high volume-low pressure gravity fed spray gun. i'm no expert on nozzles, sorry.
carls47807 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:13 AM   #9
h34vy_duty
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 7
I already bought a hvlp gun, so at least im moving in the right direction. Hopefully i will learn somthing about this prosses b/c my car is looking pretty pathetic right know.
h34vy_duty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:18 AM   #10
carls47807
CF Freak
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: new york
Posts: 582
i would suggest taking every removable part off the vehicle to help keep the overspray down (overspray and dirt are going to be your biggest fears). I always pull the hood, trun, doors, and fenders if possible. just be careful and have many hands when putting it all back together. also, if you can get any of the window moldings off without breaking anything i would do that as well. otherwise make sure you sand real good and paint real close to them (they will chip if you don't)
carls47807 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:19 AM   #11
carls47807
CF Freak
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: new york
Posts: 582
what are you painting anyways?
carls47807 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:24 AM   #12
h34vy_duty
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 7
Its a 96 firebird, and i already have the front and rear bumpers off, along with the hood, hatch front fenders and the side mirrors. At this point i just want it to be one uniformed colour, b/c right now its red black and white.....nothing matches.
h34vy_duty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:29 AM   #13
carls47807
CF Freak
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: new york
Posts: 582
haha, i hear you

you are going to need to put an additive in the paint to spray the rubber bumpers or they will crack. always something with these cars i tell ya.

take some pics of the process though, i'd love to see them.
carls47807 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:33 AM   #14
h34vy_duty
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 7
Whats the additive called, b/c the front fenders are the same material, i think? Well, there not metal and are pretty flexable. Oh God......i think the water just rushed over my head on this one.....LOL
h34vy_duty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 04:45 AM   #15
carls47807
CF Freak
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: new york
Posts: 582
i got this off the following web site:
http://www.montanabigsky.com/bigsky.htm

but there are hundreds of other brands out there that will serve the same purpose. talk to your local parts stores to get more information. depending on the brand you go with, the brand of flex additive will probably change. just make sure it is compatible with acrylic enamel.


Adhesion Promoter MP1230 Prep-A-Flex : MP1230 Prep-a-Flex is designed to promote and increase plastic parts acceptance of topcoats by using a special polymer that has excellent adhesion to plastics.

it may sound like a lot but if i can do it anybody can do it.
carls47807 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:47 PM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.5.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2002 - 2011 Car Forums. All rights reserved.