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Old 12-27-2003, 02:22 PM
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How much paint?

Hi folks. I'm going to repaint the front fenders and around the windshield on my 1990 BMW 325 convertible and was wondering about how much paint it would take? I am going to use a BC/CC system. How much base and how much clear? I might re-clear the hood since someone else repainted it anit has lots of orange peel. I definitely want to have enough material, but since I am spraying metallic red (big $$) I don't want to end up with a bunch left over. I will be using a conventional Binks 2001 spray gun, if that makes a difference. This gun has a 1.8 tip. Is that too big for BC/CC?</br>
One more quick question. If I wanted to take it somewhere and have it sprayed, what would be a reasonable cost? It doesn't need to be show quality, but I do want a decent job.

THanks in advance, Curt

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When using BC/CC systems its best to clear the entire panel not just a section. It's very hard to blend clear and not have it show. So I would suggest you clear the entire hood and top along with the fenders.

Now for how much you need. You have a relatively small car so for base you probably don't need more than a sprayable quart. However, it depends on the mixing ratio. If your mixing ratio is something like 4:1:1 then buy couple quarts of base. It's always better to have too much than too little.

When it comes to clear you want enough to do at least three coats. Two sprayable quarts should do the job. Remember when you color sand the clear you don't want to sand through to the base so an extra coat of clear is cheap insurance. If you sand through you'll have to re-clear the panel.

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Thanks for the reply Centerline. I wasn't very clear (pun intended) in my first post. The car is a convertible, so I am repainting the entire section around the windshield. I'm not trying to blend into the roof. There's no roof to blend into. I'm a rookie and that's way beyond my capability.

My old gun is a Binks 2001 conventional siphon with a 1.8 tip. Is this tip too large for spraying BC/CC?

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I would thing that a 1.8 might be a little large. Given the choice I'd use a 1.4-1.6 if possible.

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In reference to your hood: If the paint isn't faded and crappy looking, you might be able to just wet sand the orange peel out and buff the hood (preventing buying costly BC-CC). Also, if you sand through the clear coat, not only will you have to re-clear but you will have to re-shoot it with base first as you will still see the flaw through the clear if you JUST re-clear it. GOOD LUCK.....
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