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Old 03-22-2005, 01:31 PM
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Electric spray gun

I have been thinking about giving my caprice a new paint job since most of the paint on the car is faded and looks all kinds of different colors.
Although i do not have a compressor of my own to use.
I have found electric spray guns for pretty cheap online. Does anyone have any experience using an electric spray gun for painting a car? Will the finish be as smooth as using an air gun?
I'm looking to have a decent finish but nothing show quality.

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Old 03-22-2005, 01:54 PM
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I'm not sure about the electric guns, but my gut feeling is to forget about it for any kind of automotive use. Some of these guns are cheaper than even a cheap HVLP gun, and yet they include a motor and piston driven pump, and an awful lot off plastic, that's got to start ringing warning bells.

As far as I know these guns are designed for wood stains, varnishes, and interior paints, not automotive paint.

I will be starting to prime my '54 Bel Air on the weekend and I don't own a compressor either, but my advice to you would be to buy a decent but inexpensive gun (Harbour Freight I think offer some good ones to get started with) and rent a compressor by the day.

Read up as much as you can on preparation and technique, this forum is a great place to start, and get some old junk fenders to practice on first before moving onto your car. Don't be afraid to ask questions either.

It is a skill you will never regret putting time into, and you will have a half decent gun of your own even just to shoot primer in the future if you decide to spend some real money on a professional gun and a compressor of your own later on.

That's just my 2c, but there are a lot of more experienced here guys who will either confirm what I have said or refute it, I'm learning myself all the time, and I have no problem being wrong.

Good luck with your respray!

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Hmmm.

Spray a flammable paint with an electric motor device?
Doesn't sound like a good idea.
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Leave it all faded.....it will still look better than if you paint it with an electric sprayer.........................better to paint it with a brush.
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some of those electric spray guns say they are for auto use. Has anyone ever tried it or know someone who has?
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Ok, I am ready to learn, post some links or name sites with these "Auto use" electric spray guns.

IF there is an sealed electric motor that emits no sparks to blow you up, it is unlikely it will atomize as needed for these materials.

The electric paint guns that I have seen "throw" paint at the object, it doesn't atomize it worth a darn. It would leave automotive paint or primers with a LOT of trapped solvents.

Post those links.
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Years back, I shot primer, outside, on a horse trailer with an airless gun. It worked okay for that but I think you'd have a problem getting paint on even enough with one to look nice. It had a tendency to put even the primer on too thick. If I remember right I had to back off and move the gun pretty fast to stop it from running since I couldn't adjust it any more. Probably didn't have the right tip on it.
I'm pretty sure that I've seen an airless gun on Ebay that DOES indicate it will spray auto paints but I have no idea if the motor is sealed or not. For the price, I'd be willing to bet that it isn't. I have an old Wagner that I bought when they first came on the market. Although you can't see a spark when it's running I've just always treated it as though it does produce sparks. I never use it in a situation where fumes can build up. Better safe than sorry!
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The "aut use" airless guns can be found on EBAY. Althogh they seem too cheap to be any good
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Leave it all faded.....it will still look better than if you paint it with an electric sprayer.........................better to paint it with a brush.
Man, you need to upgrade yourself! I use a roller on the nice cars.
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How would you clean it without destroying it?
the reducer I use really has some teeth, even more than
straight Toluene, it would strip all the plasticisers from it
in a very short time
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Man, you need to upgrade yourself! I use a roller on the nice cars.
I only use the roller, when I want that "Fresh Stucco" look......................
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I only use the roller, when I want that "Fresh Stucco" look......................
If you go to Home Depot and by the better grade medium nap roller, it will lay flatter. I have gone to one coat factory Cadillac look.
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