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Question any car/motorcycle painters out there?

I cannot afford a professional paint job at the moment. Option #2 was going to be the vinyl wraps. I dont have the patience. So I aquired a set of gravity feed paint guns and pruchased Dupli-color paints that come in quarts(uh huh I said huh huh) nevermind. So I got blac yellow in 2 days and clear. I have red the instructions 50 times and just want any tips that some one wo does this or has and the do's and donts on painting race plastic.

So i am going to prep the primered from the factory body work with scotchbrite pad and clean with a solvent and dry.

Hang plastic in the garage and start painting but 1st going to try ona fes pieces of plywood to make sure the spray and pressure are right.

I know about the coverage overlays etc. 9-12 inches away to spray etc. i plan 3 coats of paint and 3 coats of clear and wait 20 min between sprays. probally overnight to hit the clear with 1500 grit wet sand paper and 2000 grit wet and then I have the 3 stage mcguires polish.

Am i missing anything?


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It take some practice, I would recommend to take back the duplicolor though and find a local paint store that carries dupont or other automotive paints.

I painted cars, bikes, jet skis for a few years after highschool. I thought at one point I was going to be a painter until I found out how little they got paid lol

I even have a paint booth I built at my parents place lol, I would also wet down the floors where you are painting and make sure it's as clean as you can get it.



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i'm not looking for the perfect paint job. but at 22 dollars a quart pretty cheap and no mixing. no mixing the clear too.


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I would also wet down the floors where you are painting and make sure it's as clean as you can get it.
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Wetting the place down is a definite necessity, and as far as teh actual paint work? it's all in the prep, if they're sanded right, it'll come out right, even with a shitty rattlecan job.

Just be carefull mixing different manufacturers stuff, I once did hours and hours of prepwork on one, my buddy shot it and the clear reacted with the base, spiderwebbed the whole fucking car as the clear dried, probably a hundred ours of rework when it was all told.

9-12 is close, it depends on the spray tho, I tried to run 12-18, smooooooooooth is the key, whatever pace you're running, that's your pace and don't speed up or slow down. THINK OUT YOUR PATHS before you start so that you get equal coverage. You should know where you're going on the piece, from start to finish before you start.

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i'm not looking for the perfect paint job. but at 22 dollars a quart pretty cheap and no mixing. no mixing the clear too.

That's exactly the issue though, it's not a very good paint, the fact that there is no pre-mixing tells you this as well. If your going through the expense of the gun and all this work spend another 50 bucks for the good stuff imo.



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If your going through the expense of the gun and all this work spend another 50 bucks for the good stuff imo.



it'll save you some work too.

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That's exactly the issue though, it's not a very good paint, the fact that there is no pre-mixing tells you this as well. If your going through the expense of the gun and all this work spend another 50 bucks for the good stuff imo.
Couldnīt agree more. It is worth the extra bucks to get a real paint.


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Just need to get a Water Regulator trap and you can just line your garage with some plastic hang up your parts and paint it yourself..








Also might want a Regulator too.. I have an extra full face one at my shop I can grab if you want to borrow it.





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no prep, just flat black rattle can and you are good to go.


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starting tomorrow. scotch brite everyyhing and tape off for the black. the yellow will be in tomorrow or monday. Hanging plastic and taking the other bikes to the neighbors house so they dont get messy. Not so worried about the floor. The guns borrowed from the father-in-law. He bought 2 gun kit and never used them. Maybe some timps on how to clean them would be great.


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just remember, the cost of your paint job is directly proportional to the extent of your crash....once told to me by a very experienced racer

regardless, good luck with your project


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Just an fyi, wetting the floor is to settle the dust not to keep you from painting it...

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got the black on tonight. looks pretty good. tomorrow or wed more scotchbrite/prep taping and spraying the yellow. probally thurs or firday 3 coats of clear and then wetsanding. should i start with 1500 or 2000? and wait a week for mcguires 3 stage polish and wax?


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I would not bother wet sanding if you get a nice smooth base coat, if you don't then start with 1500 and see how bad it is... that should be more then enough. I would not use 2000 at all... you need something for the clear to stick too.... just make sure and keep it really wet when lightly sanding.



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finished clear coating tonight. a small piece i did the 1500 then 2000 and then the 3 stage polish to see what it would look like. looks pretty good but need to take more time I think. plus it was only about an hour of dry time and i did all that. i will start tomorrow and it willbe 24 hours of dry time and do the same thing i did tonight


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all paint and 3 coats of clear done. did a test piece with 1500 wet and 2000 grit wet sand paper and used the mcguires 3 stage polishing and looks good but probally needed more time/patience to do it but has a nice high gloss. fri sat mount the plastc and wet sand away.


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