Originally Posted by Drodz
Don't If you want a good paint job don't do it in your garage. I used to paint in various garage thinking it would be ok but now having work with a painting pro ther are too many things that can't be controlled in your garage. This painter won't allow WD40 in his shop because the silicones can affect the paint & or filler moisture in the bodyfiller can also affect the paint. Is there a "paint boothe" you could rent" Do you have proper breathing protection? Just some thoughts
Now that's a poor piece of advice when you consider how many excellent paint jobs come from home builders making a booth out of their garage. I agree all folks have an opinion, but the following are my findings. There is a great piece of equipment called a Hobby-Aire supplied fresh air system for around $400 plus shoot suits for $4-$6, head socks, vent fans and inlet filtration. The cost of setting up a home paint booth including an air supply system is about the price of a gallon of quality paint and you get the satisfaction of first
, doing it yourself, second
being able to paint a car disassembled third
, doing it on your schedule not on someone elses work hours, fourth
being able to cut and buff the car, again, on your schedule along with reassembly then of course,fifth
, be able to repair that inevitable screw up and again, on your schedule.
Why do I know this - look at my car as I experienced all of the above doing it on my schedule and was able to fix those screw ups - and did it in my garage.
What did my prep and paint job cost? For sure not the $12,000 to $16,000 quoted by several but around $2500-$3000 for everything from a new gun, Hobby-Air (sold for near what it cost), setting up my booth, prep materials, paper, tools and last of all GOOD
paints - DuPont and SPI. That new gun - that will be used again or sold for what I paid for it. Other tools, ditto. The air supply system is permanent for the shop. Figure then the costs - and my $2500-$3000 get even cheaper.