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Can you paint the pieces?

Was reading a thread below and someone stated that everything should be painted together so that the color match was good. By painting together does this mean to paint the car when it is all together or ALL pieces at the same time?

When I finally get to that stage I was planning on fitting everything and making sure and then tearing it apart and then painting and putting it back together. As long as all pieces are painted at the same time would this be o.k.??

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yup, you can do that. parts are painted at the same timeto keep all the enviromental factors for all parts the same.
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When doing metalics or pearls, or any 3 stage finishes, it's best to keep all the panels on the car, for a proper color match.........if you absalutely need to do them off the car, then pay attentiong to the ammount of passes, and speed and stroke of each pass. Also keep all vertical panels such as the doors, hanging verticaly.

You mostly don't have to worry about any of that with non-metalic solid colors though.
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It's a guessing game sometimes for sure. I have had good luck with shooting the insides of front caps,hoods,trunks,jambs,basically everything but the outside areas even with metallics, BUT, I keep meticulous notes on all aspects of the shoot,air PSI at the regulator and gun,TEMP of the shop & body,use the SAME gun for each shoot-1 for base-1 for clear. Make DAMN sure of the mix ratio's and anything else I can think of that might screw things up,"Was it raining that day?" "Sunny?"
Point I'm getting at is to REPETE the conditions I shot the previous panel/parts at.
The car is ALWAYS assembled for the outside shoot.
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I paint all metalic cars together, much easier to burn back some masking lines in the jambs and rub them out by hand than to live with or deal with mismatched panels IMO. Solid colors are no big deal as long as you're achieving full coverage with your color. I see mismatched metalic cars a lot- these are usually the cars at the shows with all of the doors, hood and decklid open-because when the panels are closed up the paint doesn't match If you're going to shoot a metalic car in pieces do it all at one time with the panels orientated on stands the way they set on the car, same number of coats, same gun, same airpressure, same everything. A friend of mine is repainting his 40 Ford pickup after his attempt at panel painting it, he painted the cab first and colorsanded and buffed, then the fenders, then the hood and grille. Started putting it together and realized how off the color was between all the pieces. The air pressure on his Sata digital was recorded, mix ratios perfect, heated down draft booth at the same settings and still ended up with color problems- now he needs to sand everything and shoot it all at the same time. Some people's idea of an acceptabel match is different than others but IMO if you can see a difference in color or metalic layout the job is not acceptable.
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What do you do if you want the edges painted on a fender?
Would you paint this first, bolt it up and then do the final color with everything bolted together?
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I paint all metalic cars together, much easier to burn back some masking lines in the jambs and rub them out by hand than to live with or deal with mismatched panels IMO.
Same apply's to ANY open seam. Hoods,trunks,fenders,ect.
You can use 3M's foam tape to prevent overspray or back tape the inside,but I prefer Bob's method primarily.That way your assured of a good coverage over and into the edge and what little overspray is minimal inside and easly delt with.
I back tape the outside edge of whatever it is for shooting the "inside's" of cap's,trunks,hoods,ect.
Then when I do the complete outside,It blends into the previous paint and I have good coverage at the critical seam-over area and is not a "joining" area to be seen.

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