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Old 07-06-2010, 07:13 PM
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Painting to me is a mystical art form and I usually stay where I belong in the mechanical sections.

Anyway...I have two project cars that I'd like to get into epoxy primer before storage the end of this season. If I can drum up the courage, I may even try to paint next year. I'm never going to be a professional...so, my questions.

Do I need more than one HVLP paint gun? What tips 1.3, 1.5, 1.8, 2.2 should I look for?

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Old 07-07-2010, 08:45 AM
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Thought for sure some of the painters would have chimed in on this. Sorry but I am not experienced enough to give out advice on painting. What I would do is give SPI http://www.southernpolyurethanes.com/SPI%20News.htm
a call. Most painters here like there epoxy primer. I have used there primer and the people at SPI were very helpfull. They will be able to guide you on tips and such.

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Old 07-09-2010, 05:30 PM
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Just buy the cheapest gun you can get with either a 1.4, 1.5 tip.

Epoxy spray like base, nice and easy.
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I'm in a similar boat as this is the first time I have ever done epoxy primer. I used Kustom Shop DTM Epoxy primer (from TCP Global). I am using Devliss Starting Line HVLP guns that I was given as a gift. I sprayed the firewall of my truck project, using the 1.5 tip and it came out fairly well. I think I had the air pressure down a little too low and got a little orange peal but being the firewall, I doubt most would ever notice. On my next parts, I am going to bump the pressure up a little, based on some info I received.

Being the first time with an HVLP gun, I was plesently surprised by the lack of overspray. The spraying is the easy part... the prep is the PITA part!

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Do I need more than one HVLP paint gun? What tips 1.3, 1.5, 1.8, 2.2 should I look for?
[I'm a newbie painter as well, so consider the following advice accordingly.]

If you intend to try your hand at various hobby painting projects (from filler work to primer to epoxy to bc/cc) my advice would be a spray gun kit like the Devilbiss Finishline 3 Master. Click here and scroll down to the "Mastor Spray Gun Kit" #Dev FLG-Master. This is a decent hobby gun but the best part is you get 4 tips (1.3, 1.5, 1.8 and 2.2) and a regulator for $230. So you can spray just about anything, from thick polyester filler to very fine base coat.

I used this gun to epoxy, primer, and paint (bc/cc) this car. It was my first ever attempt at bc/cc and as a rookie, I was quite happy with the gun and the final product it produced. But as others have noted, it's the prep work that is the killer...not the final spraying of the paint.

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Thanks for the tips.

I was looking at that Finishline 3, but as it is said "Everything works great on TV and in ads". Cboy, you pushed me a step closer.

Also good to know there are other gearheads who "ain't painters".
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I have the FLG 3 gun and another more expensive gun - frankly, in my hands, they are essentially the same gun as my technique isn't good enough to appreciate the more expensive of the two. Go with the FLG 3.
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