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Old 01-11-2013, 04:07 PM
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How much paint do I need ?

I'm doing a '68 Plymouth Satellite convertible resto and would like to get some input on how much base coat (sprayable) I will need. It's an overall including the inside, trunk and engine compartment, though for obvious reasons, no roof. The underside will be maybe 1/3 painted with the rest in epoxy primer. I'm using ProSpray basecoat in white over a black (or gray) seal coat.

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I'm doing a '68 Plymouth Satellite convertible resto and would like to get some input on how much base coat (sprayable) I will need. It's an overall including the inside, trunk and engine compartment, though for obvious reasons, no roof. The underside will be maybe 1/3 painted with the rest in epoxy primer. I'm using ProSpray basecoat in white over a black (or gray) seal coat.

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A lot depends on how you paint, how much experience you have and what type of paint gun your using. If your using an HVLP (and even what kind of HVLP and what pressures your painting at) it would be considerably less than a siphon feed. If you can give this information it would be easier to come up with an approximate amount of paint required.

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It would also help a LOT if you sealed the car with white epoxy or if you can find it a white sealer. JMO
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A lot depends on how you paint, how much experience you have and what type of paint gun your using. If your using an HVLP (and even what kind of HVLP and what pressures your painting at) it would be considerably less than a siphon feed. If you can give this information it would be easier to come up with an approximate amount of paint required.

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I am using a Devilbiss finishline HVLP running 23psi at the gun. It's not an IWATA of course, but runs well enough. I've painted for years but ususally parts and pieces, repairs or motorcycles so something with this amount square footage throws me some.
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It would also help a LOT if you sealed the car with white epoxy or if you can find it a white sealer. JMO
I can but the trouble I have is spraying white base on white epoxy is it bugs my eyes out to the point where I have trouble seeing the overlap.
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As mentioned in a previous post, you would get better coverage if the car had been sealed in a white epoxy....however...there isn't any benefit in doing that now as it would cost as much or more when compared to spraying it in base coat.

The remaining variable is how you paint, everybody paints differently. If your painting inside the trunk, door jambs (you didn't mention door jambs), engine compartment and underneath the hood...to be on the safe side I would get 2 sprayable gallons...assuming about a 3 coat coverage over a black base and 1.5 quarts per coat on the body, and 3 quarts for jambs, engine compartment, 1/3 of the underneath and inside trunk would leave you paint left over (if you had your own mixing system you should mix less and when you get close to finishing you could mix what you need). Again, everyone paints differently, all paints cover differently...i feel that 2 sprayable gallons would be safe, you should have paint left over and that's better than running out 3/4 of the way through a paint job at 10 o;clock at night.

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I can but the trouble I have is spraying white base on white epoxy is it bugs my eyes out to the point where I have trouble seeing the overlap.
It's called going snow blind....I hate painting white...the toughest color to paint, it'll happen even if you don't seal it white, remember your painting white.

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It's called going snow blind....I hate painting white...the toughest color to paint, it'll happen even if you don't seal it white, remember your painting white.

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I hear ya. That's part of my (probably poor) rationale for using a dark sealer. At least I'll be able to tell where I don't have coverage.
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I hear ya. That's part of my (probably poor) rationale for using a dark sealer. At least I'll be able to tell where I don't have coverage.
Perhaps I'm a little twisted...LOL...I prefer to use the darkest primer I can on any restoration....I like it because it makes it much easier to see if I have all of the panels straight or not...white primer, as paint, hides to many waves. Even if it was painted white and if it had waves and if the waves would be hidden...I'd know and that would bug me way to much.

So would you get better coverage with white primer or sealer...absolutely yes...would it be better in case you get a rock chip...absolutely yes...but I enjoy getting cars super straight and if they aren't daily drivers...(very few cars I do are daily drivers, if they where daily drivers and white, I would consider white primer)...they get a dark primer.

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