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Old 09-02-2010, 10:31 AM
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Painting my first (ANd only?) car. Have some gun questions!

Hey guys, I have been lurking awhile, and now it's time to join!

I have been working on a 67 Fastback for 8 years now, and I think due to budget concerns, I have to paint it myself, which might even be better in the long run, who knows (I"ll build a booth and all that, so no worries there).

However, I'm very confused at my gun choices.

I have a compressor (HF) that supposedly puts out 16cfm at 90 (It's actually a real 5 horsepower, so maybe I believe it) so hopefully that won't limit my gun choices.

I bought the HF "Purple gun", and I plan on using that for primer and surfacer, provided I can find the correct tips for it.

NOW, for basecoat and clear coat, I'm very confused. I'd like to not spend over $150, so I think my choices are a FInishline 3, the Astro Euro, and maybe a Finex.

I've heard most people only use the FInishline 3 as a primer gun, so I'm confused about that. Any other recommendations?

ANd finally, should I use the Purple gun as the primer/surfacer AND the basecoat and use the good gun for only clear? Or use the cheap gun for only primer, and use the good gun for basecoat and clearcoat? Or should i grab another purple gun for basecoat as well?


So confused!

Thanks guys

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And also, let's assume i go with the Astro, is there an advantage to the EVO or the Euro Pro? The EVO apparently is a LVLP, but if I don't have any air problems, would there be any advantages?

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Use the best gun you can afford for the basecoat/colorcoat and the clear both . If you get the basecoat blotchy , no matter how good the clearcoat is it will still be blotchy . If the basecoat comes out blotchy , don't spray any clearcoat until the basecoat is uniform in appearance . As for brands . I wish I knew what to recommend . I just bought a harbor freight gun, cause I just needed to paint my T-bucket. When I was in the body shop business back in '85 we still used siphon guns and I used a devilbiss .
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I used a Astro Evo gun $100 on ebay to base and clear coat my corvette with a 1.4 tip.


I used a Titan spray gun $45 on ebay with a 1.8 tip for my high build primer and it worked out well.

My compressor was a 5hp 220v 15 amp with 36 gallons and it kept up no problem.

The LVLP worked for me and I liked it, but it was also my first time painting anything, so I dont have much to compare it to.
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I used a Asturo Evo gun $100 on ebay to base and clear coat my corvette with a 1.4 tip.


I used a Titan spray gun $45 on ebay with a 1.8 tip for my high build primer and it worked out well.

My compressor was a 5hp 220v 15 amp with 36 gallons and it kept up no problem.

The LVLP worked for me and I liked it, but it was also my first time painting anything, so I dont have much to compare it to.
I am not familiar with LVLP . I have been using a HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) gun for the first time and I really like the minimal fumes as compared to my old siphon feed gun . BTW The 'vette looks great . I used a single step acrylic urethane on my T-bucket
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I used a Astro Evo gun $100 on ebay to base and clear coat my corvette with a 1.4 tip.


I used a Titan spray gun $45 on ebay with a 1.8 tip for my high build primer and it worked out well.

My compressor was a 5hp 220v 15 amp with 36 gallons and it kept up no problem.

The LVLP worked for me and I liked it, but it was also my first time painting anything, so I dont have much to compare it to.
Man, that car's a turd...LOL. Honestly I like the heck out of it. ANy more pics on here somewhere? I love that bodystyle, big back glass and all. probably my favorite of all the Vettes. You even have a belt driven intake and BBC, you're my hero.
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Man, that car's a turd...LOL. Honestly I like the heck out of it. ANy more pics on here somewhere? I love that bodystyle, big back glass and all. probably my favorite of all the Vettes. You even have a belt driven intake and BBC, you're my hero.

Haha belt driven intake??? The vette is an 81. 80-82 vettes look bad ***, but dont have much else to offer. Thats why I modded the crap out of mine. My opinion is 72-92 vettes are all overrated and not very fast unless you take it in your own hands and mod them.

I have to get more pics of it and put them on my profile.
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if u are looking for a quality gun for both base and clear a sata jet 2000 are great guns u can find them on ebay cheap. require little air pressure at tip and spray awsome 1.4 tip for both base and clear .. a 1.6 tip is good for primer i have a finish line primer gun works great, spray primer smooth. has wide pattern to for nice overlap. THE EASTWOOD COMPANY also sell very nice guns.. remember temp and air pressure and u will be fine. good luck
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The better guns are probably more consistent, and lay clear better, but I think you can easily shoot your car with the Devilbiss FLG III gun as frankly, you'll probably have to wetsand the clear anyway to deal with trash, excessive peel, etc. Almost any halfway decent gun would probably work for you.
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