July 2nd, 2012 11:24 AM
I have 3 cars to paint, and I've seriously considered doing them at home, but between crappy shop lighting and the need for surgical room cleanliness in the paint booth, I just am having trouble thinking it's worth it.... especially since the expensive part is the body work itself. The other bonus of having another shop shoot the vehicle is they do the taping, idk why, but I hate doing the taping off...
Originally Posted by Bamfster
Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; July 2nd, 2012 at 11:24 AM.
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July 2nd, 2012 12:14 PM
On my S10 I did all the bodywork , sprayed and sanded the primer at home , then took it to a pro to spray on the colour . That's what I'll do with the Cougar as well . Worked for me .
Last edited by langleylad; July 2nd, 2012 at 12:15 PM.
July 2nd, 2012 12:38 PM
Basically how I did the Dodge Diesel, but just the green part. Our MAACO did fine except where I should have prepped it better (my mistake). Still, not bad. But I agree - if you don't feel comfortable with the shop, keep shopping.
July 2nd, 2012 03:02 PM
I'm not sure about surgical cleanliness, I've painted in pretty poor conditions.
That's why I discuss the conditions with my paint supplier and then put enough paint on to cut and buff. We did create a plastic paint booth, water the floor and set up a fan with a filter to blow the overspray out.
July 2nd, 2012 04:11 PM
Bob's techniques pretty much mirror my own. Plastic drop cloths make a pretty good booth as they statically attract the dust. I learned to put a few 2x4's along the walls to keep the plastic from blowing around and coming in contact with the paint - every 3-4 feet is fine. Just leave a slit for the door. I put the fan in the door with cardboard to block off the parts where the fan isn't, and furnace filters in the window to let some air in w/o bugs and dust. Works pretty well.
As noted on here before, I actually did one of my best black enamel jobs outdoors with the next door neighbor haying. We had a slight wind in our favor.
As far as the light - carry a trouble light in the hand w/o the gun. I hold it under the area I'm painting and I get a nice reflection so I can see when it gets shiny. Takes a bit of practice but worth it.
July 2nd, 2012 04:26 PM
July 2nd, 2012 04:39 PM
When I got to maaco this afternoon, both office employees walked out and started looking over the truck before any words were exchanged.
Eventually, I told them it was to be a work truck, not a show truck, but that I wanted it presentable. I told them about what you (Dan) told me, the sealer and the upgraded UV paint.
They said that a lot of the scratches would show through - apparently 220 grit isn't smooth enough, and they weren't overjoyed with my multiple primers... (but dammit, every time I went back to WalMart, they had a different kind on the shelf!)
They are going to give it the universal sealer.
They are going to go over the whole thing with the proper grit sandpaper. (I'm not sure if I'm listing these in order or not)
They are going to spray a full coat of urethane primer ( + $275)
They are going to paint it with the medium quality (Urethane) paint with the extra UV.
Hopefully the extra $275 for the full coat of urethane primer was necessary. Either way, it's still not a bad price compared to conventional shops.
Last edited by yellomalibu; July 2nd, 2012 at 04:40 PM.
July 2nd, 2012 07:23 PM
I've got a question. (yes another one)
The grill and the headlight bezels (plastic) are in need of some spray paint.
Would "steel wheels" from plasticote be a good shade for them? I don't want them to be too silver - I think something a bit darker than primer, but metallic?
July 3rd, 2012 08:22 AM
I think (but not positive) that Duplicolor makes a silver trim paint that's a pretty good match for the OEM color. Worth looking into.
Let us know how the finished product comes out.
July 3rd, 2012 08:53 AM
you need to prep and sand those trim pieces really well and prime them otherwise they will fish eye real bad when you paint them...painted the grill and headlight bezels on my 91 'burban and had to re-do it due to awful fish eyes...everywhere..