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Old 03-04-2004, 02:49 PM
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Angry Too much paint!!

Alright there has got to be a secret or formula of some kind for this. I'm painting parts of my '46 Chevy Panel truck now as weather permits. Things like the dash, inside of doors and other small parts. Now the problem, every time I mix the paint I end up with to much and am wasting allot more than I want to. I'm using a 24 oz mixing cup and the 8:1 scale like I'm supposed to. Where I get messed up is how much do I need for certain parts. Like the other day I was painting my dash and glove box door, well I looked at it and figured I would need to mix about 11 oz total, well that ended up to be about 4 oz to much and thats after three coats!! This isn't the first time, almost every time I mix some paint up and get done I'm wasting 2 -6 oz's of paint.
OK folks what the secret or formula I need to know to stop wasting all this paint??

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Oh, if it matters I'm using a single stage urethane paint(Nason)

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Old 03-04-2004, 03:25 PM
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I am not sure on the trick, but I can offer a different approach. I alway mix less than what I think it will take and it usually works to mix just a little to finish. As long as you are not using a real fast activator it should be fine for a quick 5 minute remix. It is what I do anyway...

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Old 03-05-2004, 12:51 PM
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I have yet to come up with the answer for that question.
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Old 03-05-2004, 06:49 PM
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2oz on small jobs and 6 ounces on large jobs actauly isnt to abnormal

if this much paint left over bothers you ... i suggest having pieces you can use the leftover on ... like the front (hinge) section of the doors ... even if you cant get a full coat on, your one coat closer when it comes time to do a final paint job on that piece,

i worked doin collision work for 5 years, 2 oz on fenders, 4 oz on hoods and 6oz on multiple panels wasnt an uncommon amount

i realize that for your project its YOUR OWN $ ... and at the shop it was the customers $ instead of mine, but it shows ya how the pros do it

the problem with single stage is that you have to mix enough to make it to the end of you coat, otherwise ya pretty much screw yourelf. best bet is if you are going to paint something and teh whole job looks like its gonna need 18oz .... mix 12oz, do 2 coats, check how much you have left and set yourself up w/ just enough for a last coat w/ 2 oz left over

2oz is the least id ever want to have left in my gun, just in case i wanted to shoot a little extra on an edge that looks dry

hope this helps at least a little

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Old 03-05-2004, 07:16 PM
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Any time you paint the car in pieces, you will use more paint.
It is like a lot of other things, better to have too much, than not have enough. (thats what she said)

I always try to mix a little extra so there will not be any dry joints
and I don't wash the gun as soon as I'm through with the last coat, You never know when a bug might think it's a skating rink, or you accidentally touch it with a shirt tail or air hose........

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Old 03-06-2004, 03:07 PM
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Thanks for the info guys. I painted the insides of my doors today and short mixed it and it worked out allot better only wasted about 1 1/2 oz. I just washed out the mixing cup before I shot the first coat and between the second and third mixed just a little more to finish it off, worked out great.
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