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Old 09-29-2003, 12:33 PM
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Good or Bad Idea?

I have never painted before and it is a skill that I have wanted to learn for a long time.

For practice I was thinking about cleaning up one of the old parts cars and spraying it with a cheap enamel.What I had in mind was the kind of stuff that you would find at Home Depot,used for spraying metal lawn furniture.

I am thinking that this would get me comfortable with the spray-gun and help with the learning curve.

My question is if you guys think that this would be a bad idea?
I ask because I don't know if there is a major difference between how this cheap stuff "lays down" when compared to a high quality automotive paint. Would I be wasting my time?

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Old 09-29-2003, 12:56 PM
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There is some cheap auto paint on Ebay that is like 35.00 a gallon that would be good to start with...Who knows you might get so good with it you might stay with it....GlennK
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Old 09-29-2003, 08:21 PM
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HEY DR: If you are close to a tractor supply house they sell paint that the farmers use for implements. It is good paint and easy to spray and you won't have to sell your house to buy the paint. You have the right idea, spray everything in sight, that is how you learn....You might even do the dog DAVE
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I think it is a great idea. You need to get used to the actions of painting. All paints are similar and also different. You will need to make minor adjustments between types of paints, but the basics are the same.
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My ex-wife and my daughter both learned to spray paint using good old TSC implement enamel, at the time it was about $10.00 per gallon, lots of colors, we sold a couple dozen used "beaters" painted in Ford tractor blue and Massey Ferguson Red. My ex- went on to paint for GM.
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If you have some bone-stock racers or demo derby runners in your area, you could offer to shoot some implement paint on their stuff for the practice. They can buy the paint, you get the practice, and they are usually pretty forgiving about goofs as it usually gets wrinkled anyway.

Just make sure they know you are learning and don't expect perfection the first time.

If it turns out good, put your name on the side of the car before they crunch it!
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Bad Idea dude, keep our air clean. Here in canada you can not spray paint unless in a proper paint booth
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Edge-nut's right. Buy some crayons, use them, then pass it off as a $4000 custom paint job.
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Common Edge Net, let go of that damned tree. It is not going to hurt anything if he does a little painting.

I think painting with the cheap stuff would be a good idea. I painted a tractor hood for a friend of mine a little while back, and it layed down just about like automotive enamel. It will get you used to the motion and the feel of the gun.

I would also suggest going to your local book store or amazon and purchasing a book on the basics. I did this after I screwed up my first attempt at painting. Second time went much better. Knowledge is everything.

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