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Old 09-04-2003, 06:03 PM
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car paint sequence-top or bottom first

I have heard two different stories. One who had a big body shop in NY says to start at the bottom and work up(less overspray). My southern friend, who also paints some pretty cars, says start at the top and work down.

Not basecoat/clearcoat. Its urethane.

Any arguments???

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Old 09-04-2003, 06:37 PM
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Top down, Whoever told you to paint from the bottom up must have been a frikin ape. I don't know about him, but if I sprayed bottom up I think I'd be repainting after my entire body rubs off the fresh paint while I'm trying to spray the roof. Yes, I'm 6' with short arms and long legs, but unless your a 6'4+ knuckle dragger, paint from the top down, everything goes from the top down, go with gravity my son.
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I agree the person who told you bottom up is a goofball.

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To.p to bottom. I don't know how they get less overspray from bottom up. You are going to have overspray no matter what and gravity takes it down. You start at the bottom and go to the top and I guarantee you will have a dull looking car. And no matter how big of a body shop he has, he's painting backwards.

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It seems to me that it would make it harder to paint from the bottom up with the newer "Down Draft" paint booths. Sure would help give overspray on the lower parts of the car by having it sucked down past wet paint.
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Thanks for the replies.

I am painting outside, under a tarp, not in a spray booth. Whats that?? No downdraft there!!!!! Just mosquitoes, and other flying bugs and a occassional leaf.

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I am painting outside, under a tarp, not in a spray booth. Whats that?? No downdraft there!!!!! Just mosquitoes, and other flying bugs and a occassional leaf.

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gravity. overspray.
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Jimmy....Sorry! I didn't realize that you had a "side draft" booth! Mosquitos aren't that bad. Usually only end up with the legs left when you buff them out. Be careful of the Dragon Flies. Them wings are something else to get out of paint. Also make sure that you use something on yourself to keep the sweatflies off of you while spraying. They cause real bad runs
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You guys are GREAT!!!

I am getting ready to re spray my 51 one more time. Will let you know what happens.

I am using my "side draft" booth again.

If I make an ugly face , you reckon the bugs will run??

Really dreading it this time guys. Its a lot of work and a lot of $$$$ when you screw it up.

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Re: car paint sequence-top or bottom first

[QUOTE]Originally posted by jimmyd
[B]I have heard two different stories. One who had a big body shop in NY says to start at the bottom and work up(less overspray).

must be MAACO lmao
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yep, always start at the top, one side then the other, so on and so on untill you get to the bottom.
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Jimmy.... You're in North Carolina. You can't screw up a paint job there. It's just a "custom" job. Also painting from top down makes it easier if you get a run. You can just chase it down to the floor/ground. Just cut the grass around the car before you start painting.
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You're in North Carolina. You can't screw up a paint job there. It's just a "custom" job

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Jimmy....Sorry! I didn't realize that you had a "side draft" booth! Mosquitos aren't that bad. Usually only end up with the legs left when you buff them out. Be careful of the Dragon Flies. Them wings are something else to get out of paint. Also make sure that you use something on yourself to keep the sweatflies off of you while spraying. They cause real bad runs

This reminds me of a number of years ago I "loaned" my garge to a friend to paint his car. Each weekend was on the learning curve for him and he spent weeknights at home sanding out the previous weekend's mistakes. Despite my suggestions to start early in the day, he again arrived at 3PM to begin masking off the car.

Anway, he finally had a decent smooth couple of coats on the car and it was now after dark again. The garage doors were both open for cross ventilation and the flourescent lights were bringing in the bugs en mass.

He was standing back admiring his handywork when a huge moth landed up side down on the hood. It wasn't so much the moth wouldn't sand out to well, as much as it was the flailing last moments when the moth tried to escape the skinning over enamel paint.

It was at that point, thankfully, that he decided enough was enough and picked the moth out with needle nose pliars. My garage will never be the same; The floor was sticky with blue overspray.
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