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Old 05-08-2007, 09:59 AM
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changing color from red to black

Well, I am going to give painting a shot. I have a 91 S-10 that I will practice on before I turn to the Daytona. I want to paint both the same w/ black and then clear coat. I figure I will make many mistakes on the S10. My first ? is: Compressors. Is this 5.5 HP http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...er&DRC=2&IRC=2

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15 Gallon oil free direct drive portable air compressor with vertical space saving design. This air compressor provides 7.7 CFM @ 40 PSI and 6.0 CFM @ 90 PSI.

15 Gallon Vertical Portable Tank
5.5HP UMC Motor
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6.0 CFM @ 90 PSI


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I bought the Neil Slade DVD on painting a car. It's an OK overview, but just not enough details like: spry paterns/ adjustments to gun/ and working w/ fiberglass. If anyone knows of some great websites that can get me going in the right directions I would appriciate the info.

I am a perfectionest and from some of my reading I may just prep the Daytona and take it to macco for the final block sanding and painting. I will do the S10 completely; after all it is my work truck and I should learn enough to do the jams and under the hood and trunk on the Daytona. Since I am changing the color from red to black.

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Old 05-08-2007, 11:45 AM
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If you want to learn about painting this is the place every other hot rod site sends their members. Check out the Knowledge Base (link at the top of the page). You will find everything (and I mean everything) you need to know there. If you doing understand something use the search engine to find out more and if you still have questions ask them in the Body Exterior forum.

If you are really serious about learning body work and painting then you will have to spend the time reading what has been said before and that means hours of reading.

As for your compressor - no that is way to small. Do a search for air compressors and you will find several threads on what you will need.

One thread is not enough for all the information you will need. You will find that there are many threads broken down to the smallest part of painting a car - eg nozzle tip size.

Good luck, I hope I didn't turn you off to learning how to paint but there are members here who have been professionally painting for many many years and they still discuss various topics and learn new things.
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good info. I am already on it. Thanks and Look forward to giving it a shot.
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Yep - learning on your own car is the best way ~ It makes you appreciate just how much work it really is!

For your other car you say you are a perfectionist? I'd be looking at some other place than Maaco if you want it done with high quality.

I'm only saying this because Maaco is a collision/production national chain of shops and isn't known for turning out high end or custom paint jobs - also unless you specifiy otherwise the paint and materials used isn't the best quality you can get either.
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You might try asking your painting questions in our Body/Exterior forum. That's where most of our auto body and paint professionals hang out.
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