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Old 09-19-2012, 05:03 PM
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What a work of art! Also you did it in your own garage that is amazing for your first time!
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:06 PM
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What a work of art! Also you did it in your own garage that is amazing for your first time!

Thanks! I'm very happy with how it turned out, but it was alot of work and alot of doing things 2 and even 3 times before they turned out. Its worth it though when I look at the car now. I love working on the Novas anyway, just more fun when they are all done and I can enjoy them.

If I can do this in my garage, anybody with a garage can do it. My biggest expense was $500 for a good 220V air compressor and regulator. I used 2 guns from HF, the $35 "purple" HVLP and a $30 old style 1.8 primer gun.

Snapped a few pics this afternoon, it was getting dark but these turned out ok, a little grainy maybe, my camera isn't that great.








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Old 09-19-2012, 06:14 PM
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Beautiful job !!Me and a friend of mine did a Nova like that once. It was that puke green color w/ a 307. We painted it blue w/ a white vinyl top blk inside and threw a 68 vette 350 in it.
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Awesome paint and car! '71 nova was my first car in high school in 1984. Yours is beautiful. Btw, any pics of your garage set up as paint booth? What sort of fans, plastic, etc...thanks,
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Extremely nice for a home paint. How did you keep the dirt down? I've done a few at home but have turned to renting a booth until I can find a good method for keeping the dust down... took too much buffing to get it right.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:42 PM
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Awesome paint and car! '71 nova was my first car in high school in 1984. Yours is beautiful. Btw, any pics of your garage set up as paint booth? What sort of fans, plastic, etc...thanks,
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Thanks. I stapled plastic to the ceiling. 2 air intakes on the right side wall down low with good filters and exhaust fan down low in place of the back door. (This pic is before the mods... I also added 8ft shop ligts on the side 2-3ft up off the floor)





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Cant edit the post above, but to clarify, the fan was on the left side wall... down low, not visible in pic.


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Extremely nice for a home paint. How did you keep the dirt down? I've done a few at home but have turned to renting a booth until I can find a good method for keeping the dust down... took too much buffing to get it right.
Pretty easy actually. Stapled plastic to the ceiling. Fresh coat of paint on the walls. Taped up all outlets. Air intakes and fan were down low near the floor. I would wet the floor down good before painting. Most importantly I kept entering and exiting the booth while the fan was running to an exteme minimum... I would wait for the cloud to clear, turn off the fan and leave the room between coats.

I got some dust in the paint, mainly when doing a piece on sawhorses, but I knew I was going to cut and buff the whole car anyway. There is no dust at all in the finished product. Honestly, it turned out as good as something from a real paintbooth. I cant spray paint well enough yet to get by without buffing anyway.

This vid shows the hood after I painted and before buffing.

1971 NOVA HOOD AND COWL FRESH PAINT - YouTube



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Neighbors didn't complain about paint fumes?
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Thanks for sharing the pics
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No, as a matter of fact, my neighbor wants me to paint his truck. He's the one closest to me and his house is upwind.

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Thanks for the info... I have never put plastic on the ceiling which when I think about it is not very bright on my part... lol

I too don't have any issues with neighbors regarding fumes... just lucky I guess.
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Thanks for the info... I have never put plastic on the ceiling which when I think about it is not very bright on my part... lol

I too don't have any issues with neighbors regarding fumes... just lucky I guess.
No problem. I just used very thin painter plastic and a staple gun, went right over top of my flourescents on the ceiling. Took probably all of 20 minutes. In the beginning I would shop vac the whole room out the night before I painted because I did alot of sanding primer in there too, which people say is a big no-no, but towards the end I would just wet the floor down with a hose the night before and squeegee the sanding mess outside. Then the morning of the paintjob, I would wet the floor again.

But yeah, I did notice a huge difference after I put the plastic on the ceiling. As you can see in the video a few posts up, there is hardly any trash on the hood when I painted it.

I'd say in my case at least, the biggest things I did to control dust were the plastic and not opening the door when the fan was running. I may even go buy a cheap painter suit the next time I'm doing something that has to be real nice...

Tomorrow I am going to prep an old farm truck for a guy at his place. He just wants a super quick and dirty job to stop the rust for a year or two. He want to use rustoleum (oh yeah!) and he has one of those super cheapo turbine sprayers... we are going to paint it in a big barn type building... should be interesting to say the least!! He's paying me by the hour and he doesnt expect anything special. Should be fun.

He has 3 old Ford trucks he wants painted this way, who knows maybe they will turn out halfway decent. All 3 are VERY rough, so I definitely can't hurt anything, I don't even know why he's bothering, but I'm not going to talk him out of it!!! LOL

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Nice work, especially cause it's black. Looking good!
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I was going to say earlier that you wont have to worry about your next project ,it'll be your nieghbors car or someone at works car and you'll be busy doing THEM from now on. Thats how I got started back when I was a teen...
You have the eye for it and you definately are a painter I only wish the painters I hire could paint like that right out of the can.
I cant believe how straight that is ,fantastic job..
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Nice work, especially cause it's black. Looking good!
Thanks! Means alot coming from a Pro. I really enjoy your videos!

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I was going to say earlier that you wont have to worry about your next project ,it'll be your nieghbors car or someone at works car and you'll be busy doing THEM from now on. Thats how I got started back when I was a teen...
You have the eye for it and you definately are a painter I only wish the painters I hire could paint like that right out of the can.
I cant believe how straight that is ,fantastic job..
THANKYOU to another Pro! I am in the process right now of trying to drum up side work in addition to trying to get hired at a body shop. I got laid off in June after 24 years with the same company building houses. Restoration has always been a hobby for me ever since I took my first car apart (happens to be this one) in 1993. I definitely would love to try my hand at body n fender work, doesnt have to be restorations.

I REALLY appreciate your kind words !! I think I could eventually become a pretty good painter, I'd love to have the opportunity to try.

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