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please school me on paint guns & body prep.

i'm getting ready to pain my 85 wife's SS Monte Carlo & my 65 Plymouth Belvedere. i have done body work before, but i don't know jack about paint guns, what kind of primer to use, what body filler (metal or normal). my wife's car will most likely be striped with a media blaster. after that i know it needs primer to seal the metal from rusting, but what kind? do i need two spray guns? one for paint & one for primer? are the paint gun tips interchangeable from brand to brand? please help.

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You want to have 2 separate guns..one for primer and one for finish. The primer gun should have a bigger needle for using the epoxy based primers.
You want to get a brand name epoxy primer like BASF, PPG, Dupont etc. You also want to stick with the same brand names for the basecoat/clearcoat. In other words if you use PPG primer, use PPG BC/CC.
As far as filler go, much depends on what you are doing. I like the Evercoat brand of fillers.
I also want to let you know that you are undertaking something that takes experience to do. Body work takes lots of time to do correctly.
You can learn to paint in an hours worth of time , but you need 3-4 yrs. of learning how to prep the car. Painting is 5% of the finish job...........95% is do the prep work to get ready to paint. You really need to get some DVD's or books or talk to someone who has bodyshop experience before you take on this endeavor.
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body work i can do. i've done a few cars before that turned out pretty good. i did the body work, & a buddy sprayed it. when i was tought to do it, you put the filler on bare metal, primer was used over that, then sealer & then paint.
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i'm getting ready to pain my 85 wife's SS Monte Carlo & my 65 Plymouth Belvedere. i have done body work before, but i don't know jack about paint guns, what kind of primer to use, what body filler (metal or normal). my wife's car will most likely be striped with a media blaster. after that i know it needs primer to seal the metal from rusting, but what kind? do i need two spray guns? one for paint & one for primer? are the paint gun tips interchangeable from brand to brand? please help.
I'm a microbiologist. What you've essentially done here is come to me and said, 'teach me everything about microbiology; I want to make a vaccine. I know how to streak a plate.'

That's a tall order because there's lots of information there; I wouldn't even know where to start so I probably wouldn't. Fortunately, there's a thousand other people just like you asking this question every single day on the internet, even this forum. So the best advice I can give you is to research this forum a LOT, because not only have your questions been answered a thousand times over, but you'll see many, many different view points and opinions.
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Painting a car.......

Hi,as everyone has said,use the SAME brand of primer and paint,BUT,use a 2K epoxy primer,on the bare metal,BEFORE you do the filler work..
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what is a 2K epoxy primer? is it a two part primer that also takes a catalyst?
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