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Old 03-19-2010, 12:55 PM
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best way to do a temporary garage paint job?

I have a 81 camaro and wan't to get it painted but probably won't be able to for another year or 2 and was thinking about just doing a temporary garage paint job for now. It's already yellow but it needs a new paint job and I want a brighter yellow like corvette yellow or something. I was going to either buy or rent a spray gun and could maybe borrow a 8-10g air compressor from a friend. Do you think that would be a big enough compressor? and what's the best way to go about a "garage" paint job? what brand paint would work? what method should I use? stuff like that.. I want a 2 stage paint job too.

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my advice is do it right do it once. if you set out to do a temp paint job it will likely not be as nice as you would like. and will certainly cost more to redo next time. you can do a respectable job with lesser expensive products. save some coin by not buying the major brands primer and clear. use the one you read about on this and most other forums. spend some money now on a decent gun, compressor. da, and sanding blocks. then practice on some old scrap. garden tracto mail box whatever. when you think you can handle doing the car right set a couple months aside and do it right. then you can say i did it myself and did it right and still spent less than if i would have paid someone to do it. the best part will be you then will have the tools and knowlege to do another one.
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you really want your best option ? no i don't think the compressior your talking about can do the job. the cost in just materials to do even a cheap job is prohibative.plus the results will not be acceptal.
your best bet for a 2 year paint job and most cost effective is maaco. they do decent paints jobs at least the ones in my area do that hold up for several years. much better than the average person can do in a garage and for less money.
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you really want your best option ? no i don't think the compressior your talking about can do the job. the cost in just materials to do even a cheap job is prohibative.plus the results will not be acceptal.
your best bet for a 2 year paint job and most cost effective is maaco. they do decent paints jobs at least the ones in my area do that hold up for several years. much better than the average person can do in a garage and for less money.
+1 ,, ... The color white will hang in there and hide dents and small stuff the best ,wash it with Ajax and a red scotch brite pad a couple days before you drop it off ..
Get the edges and tight spots where they won't get as well as you would ..
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I agree, go to the local Maaco and talk to them. they have several different grades and prices. Some will do minor body work. Find out. You could never beat their quality on a home garage paint the first time around. If you make a mistake at home you can't even begin to imagine the problems that it will create.

The other thing is that paints are toxic to say the least. If you don't have the right breathing equipment you could do yourself some very real and very uncomfortable, very permanent damage.
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A lot of good advice given here.
I agree you probably can't do it yourself in a garage and get the results of a decent maaco job.
I painted this Toyota in a garage shop using single stage urethane.
Even using an Iwata lph400 gun and quality materials won't make up for the lack of painting experience and a proper spray area.
The results are acceptable at best after a lot of cutting and buffing.
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