Well folks, got some more pieces painted this weekend. Friday morning was fairly cold, in the upper 40's when I arrived at the paint booth. promptly turned on the heater and waited for the temp to get in the 70's in the booth. Plan was to paint the underside of the deck lid and the undersides of my 4 piece Rootlieb hood. Mixed up some DBC and DT885 and went into the booth. I did not run the exhaust fan while painting because it would reduce the temp in the booth very quickly. Turned off the heaters, sprayed the first coat, exited the booth and turned on the exhaust fan for a few minutes, then turned it off and turned the heater back on. I applied 3 good coats of DBC extending the time between coats to about 45 minutes each. I used my venerable Harbor Freight purple gun and it laid the color down superb. Mixed up some DCU2002 clear and DCX61 hardener and loaded it into my new W-400 Chinese clone. this is the first time I have used the W-400 clone so I was anxious to see how well it applied the clear. Turned off the heater and went into the booth. Adjusted the gun on some masking paper I had taped to the wall, and got a real good pattern. Started to lay on the first coat of clear and was not impressed. this gun was not atomizing the clear near as well as the HF gun did previously. And it was putting out a huge amount of over spray compared the the HF gun. The W-400 is not an HVLP gun and I was expecting this, but not the extent it was. I sprayed clear on one hood panel then dumped the remaining mixed clear into my HF gun. I am simply amazed at the HF gun, it is without a doubt the best value in knock off guns IMO. The ability of this gun to lay down base then adjust and lay down clear superbly is fantastic. I applied 3 good coats of clear to everything waiting about 45 minutes to an hour between coats to allow for the cooler temps. The pieces looked great, no orange peal, no runs and a mirror like finish. I cleaned up everything and turned the lights off in the booth and went home until the next morning.
Every Saturday about half of our club meets in the shop to go to breakfast, so by the time I got there quite a few of them had already checked out my work. I jokingly got several offers to paint some cars, but I declined. The pieces still looked fantastic, but now they were dry. Below is a snapshot of the underside of my hood. The pearl and metallic in this paint mix really jump out in the direct sunlight.