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Old 09-29-2005, 11:12 AM
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painting (primer) a car with a roller

Here is an article i found interesting. Has anyone done this procedure.
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http://bodyshopbusiness.com/bb/bb70556.htm

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Here is an article i found interesting. Has anyone done this procedure.
Jan
http://bodyshopbusiness.com/bb/bb70556.htm
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I did not read the thread as this has been out there for about 8 years now.
Sikkens was first to introduce this.
This procedure is not used by a lot of shops but unfortunately it is used.
Because of that I made my one primer to work under these conditions even though I'm totally against it.

Here is where it may be of use (did I say i was against it?) is if you have a car that has small bare-metal spots allover and now you must pull outside or let set a while, than you can roll the spots and it will save time of masking.

If I was going to do this I would roll a coat of epoxy but its important to note a lot of production shops don't use epoxy.

Problem with rolling instead of spraying is in primer a lot of the solvents are force out with the spraying process and will remain trapped with the rolling process.

Did I mention I was against this process?
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Old 09-29-2005, 01:28 PM
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Barry: I certainly agree with you about using it. I am old enough to remember paint mittens and actually used one on a 1947 Chev. which looked great from 30 feet but then any thing would have been an improvement I was surprised when it popped up on my web search. When cars were originally painted in the teens they used a brush and what was produced was excellent but never a paint roller. By the way when we spoke on the phone several months ago you mentioned that you had never seen a Moon. Go to my album as I posted a picture of a Moon.
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Jan,

That Moon looks great.
I love that style headlight look from that era.

Of course have always been a 20's-40 Packard and Cadillac fan.

If I recall you were doing two Moons?
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A long time ago, my uncle primed and painted a '66 Ecoline Van with a roller.
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Actually a Moon and a half. I have a burnt body on one which will turned into a speedster. I also have a 1924 Star, 1930 Buick and 1963 comet calente plus a model T racer. Then you throw in a 1933 Plymouth coupe with a 341 hemi in it that my brother and I built in 1963 and I have run out of room several times over. By the way your products are excellent but I haven't tried a roller yet on them. I would probably do a mitten first.
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I rolled on some DuPont 4004 Primer/Filler and DuPont FGP-30568 Roller Activator.

I had already sprayed two fenders with some expoy sealer, but I didn't have a spray booth available to do the priming. The process is just like painting a house with a roller, so if you're painting a panel - you need to mask the edge. You don't have to worry about overspray though.

For small areas I think it is okay to use a roller. To do a complete car it would be a lot more time consuming to use a roller. I also used 3 roller covers to do two fenders, so you need to factor in that expense as well.

Rolling on primer would also be good in a home shop if you don't have a decent air compressor and paint booth.

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I bet a customer, would trip if he walked into a shop and saw one of the guys using the ole' roller. That would be a hard one to explain.
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Primer with a roller...


Well it reminds me of the days when I started out
With no extra money....No compressor.....No Garage...No booth to work in...
I worked in a dealership body shop.. Did a barnjob every weekend to help pay the bills.I tried rolling brushing the primer, but that took too long to get rid of the brush-strokes before shooting the final.
I FOUND THE SOLUTION... MY WIFE"S VACUUM CLEANER. It had a shampoo spray bottle attachment( why not try it).
I SPRAYED ALL THE PRIMER right in my driveway that summer and then I rented a shop (abarnwithapaintbooth) to do my final paint.
Yes Guys 30 years later I still have the same Wife.
ps I also have a large 2 car garage,compressor where I now play and she has a new vacuum.

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