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Old 12-05-2004, 03:33 PM
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Originally posted by troy-curt
It's called experience, and it dosn't happen over night.


Yeh, thats what I said.

When i'm painting small parts, or cross members, frames etc. I narrow the fan, decrease the guanity and go slower. That way I can control the pattern and put it where I want it. And don't try to put enough on in one coat to hide or be flowed out, like I said this will come with experience. You can watch a hundred painters paint and you will probably not paint exactly like any one of them.
Every painter does every thing a little different to make it work for himself. It will come out the same in the end with a little practice.



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Old 12-05-2004, 06:00 PM
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I think you hit the nail on the head. I don't think I was paying attention to the areas I had already covered and covered them again when painting an adjacent part. Any runs did seem to occur near a bracket or corner. I also painted most all the suspension parts, which were mostly straight pieces like wishbones and the axles, and they turned out fairly well. I also noticed the runs mainly occured on the second coat of clear, the first coat layed down smooth with only a couple. Maybe I didn't wait long enough for the first coat to set up. Or, maybe the first coat is "slicker" than the base coat and the clear runs easier on the second coat.

Oh well, I'm learning and it is comming easier. I did invest in a new gun and that made a word of difference.

Thanks for everyones input!
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Old 12-05-2004, 06:27 PM
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a couple tips that you might use in the future. one, your primer and basecoat application can tell you alot if you pay attention. use it as a tool to tell yourself how to spray the part. in other words, say you have a primer gray part and your getting ready to spray it with red basecoat. you want to basecoat to cover evenly, right?? so as you are spraying watch how it goes on. on the first coat or two you will be able to see the areas you are overlapping too far, not enough or where there isn't enought spray reaching. take mental notes and make corrections in your spray pattern now. its alot easier to see uneven coverage on color coats rather than clear, atleast on the first one or two. if you rememerber how you sprayed the base then spray the clear the same way. this should help in making too many over wet spots in the clear. another tip is after each coat of clear is sprayed and you think its flashed enough for the next coat, ever so lightly touch the masking tape somewhere right near and edge and pull your finger away. as soon as the clear stops stringing or sticking to your finger, its ready. i usually like to be able to lightly slide my finger across the clear without sticking to it. now, this works if the clear went on even, if not then you will have areas that you can touch and areas that are still sopping wet.
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After you do all the above advice, if you are like me you will always have a run or two on a full car paint job. I actually default @ slightly too much paint in some areas and accept self induced runs 'cause I think it is a bunch better to fix a drip than try to repair a thin spot in the paint.

If you do get a run, don't sweat it. Let it dry and fix it when prepping the paint for polishing. Look at the method I use to fix runs in my journal. Wiht just a little care, this method eliminates 100% of the flaw without damaging surrounding paint.
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Old 12-06-2004, 01:19 PM
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thats a nice trick. i think i've heard you mention that before at some point but never really payed attention until now.
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