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Old 02-08-2006, 10:03 AM
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Painting my own ride...

Ok, I have the tools. The body's pretty straight on my C10. been welding patch panels and plugging holes for quite some time.

First timer (possibly).

What are the gotchas?

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Old 02-08-2006, 10:23 AM
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Reading the instructions from the paint maker is one big one..Playing chemist is another..getting the metal clean is another..Rushing the job is another..

Not running a practice on a old panel to get the gun set up right..

All I can think of for now..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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There is a lot of gotchyas that can get ya when it comes to painting. OMT mentioned the big ones. Don't rush or skip steps, read tech sheets and follow the recommended uses, choose the correct products for the conditions, and if by chance a problem does arise don't panic and figure out the best way to deal with it should improve your chances. And if you never sprayed before, don't just blindly go at the car, practice some first. Also read through past threads here if you haven't already. Don't forget to drain the compressor and a water trap located a ways from the compressor so your gun doesn't spit out water droplets. There are threads on here about airlines for painting. And don't forget saftey. Isocyanates in todays paint are not something to take lightly.
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If you can choose a solid color instead of a metallic for your first go it will be easier to manage the gotchas that may getcha.
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