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Well I have read all about painting in the HRM new issue. I am still confused. I am looking at painting my 1952 f1 pick up by myself. I want a respectable job. I plan on having the body taken apart and having someone media blast it. I know I will need some patch panels and a lot of tlc. This is my first job and I was wondering what will give me the best results for a homemade job. I will have a make shift paint booth and a 7 hp 60 gallon craftsman air compressor w/ a filter system. my question is what paint is the easiest to work with? I want a deep look with a clear coat. the article describes these jobs to be to dificult for a novice. I like the thought of Kandies but it scares me to think of a color shade difference from panel to panel. I would hate to have to resand and paint the whole thing. I quess what I am asking is what kind of spray gun is forgiving and what is a briliant or deep paint that is forgiving as well. Any suggestions Joel <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
 

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Joel, articles in magazines have alot of good information, but they scare alot of people with just simple warnings. These warning are very real, but not as bad as they sound. Paint can be done rather well with a little knowledge and guidance. I've seen many first time paint jobs come out very nice. Most of the mistakes that were made were easily repaired and were do to "newbiness".

Candy's are not a good first time paint. Neither are metallics and pearls. If you are set on painting your truck and you want a deep rich color, just find a transparent acrylic urethane. Its a base/clear and is applied the same as any other BC/CC. The paint is just slightly transparent and will be deep like a candy. Depending on the color of your primer is how dark the base color will be, it also depends on how many coats of base you use. It can be eaasily applied if your in a well lit spraying area and you pay attention. Don't be terrafied, have faith in your abilities. When you get ready to paint or want some tips on practicing feel free to contact me and I will guide you along to a slick smooth paint job. Also check out the Knowledge Base exsterior section, there are many helpful how-to's, tips and websites there.

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Thanks for your replys!!! What is a good primer in your opinion? I am thinking of going a ford blue or a canary yellow!! I I understand that the darker you go the more carefull you have to be with the body work. After I get it painted I would like to paint some ghost flames just on the front. Will the flames show up better in darker colors? Just a quick discription of the paint booth that I am in the process of building: I have access to my fathers barn that has a concrete floor, I plan on building a room, not air tight but maybe dust proof with some plywood and some foil or plastic insulation and a vent fan. I was thinking as far a lighting should I use hallogen lights or should I use florecent? With the paint I choose I will certainly have to have a resporator but I probably wont have the access to a fresh air system. What kind of resporatora charcol or is there another kind. What type of gun should I use? Any ideas?
 

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PPG has a sealer that you can tint to match your base coat. as for a paint gun i would go with a Sharp they work well and dont cost a arm and leg like a sata jet. and since this is your first job you may want to go with a bacic solid color BC|CC
 

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Why shucks, I thought in Cut and Shoot ya'll would use a pine top to paint your car like my old East Texas friend usta do. Or maybe break out Mom's Kirby Vacuum with spray-paint attachment!
SERIOUSLY, the quality of your paint job is mostly dependent on the quality of the body work beneath it. And remember...the first one may not be the best one but it's the one that teaches you the most so number two may be great!
 

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well accualy the way we do it in cut and shoot is we take it out to the county fair and charge little kids to run around it with a spray can and then charge them a dollar!!! Ha Ha Really thanks for the info. the first sep is getting a good gun. :eek:
 

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I am completley self taught, and it is just not that hard. I have done a couple full paint jobs and a couple of patch up jobs. All but the first came out good. I would practice on a hood or something to figure out gun settings and how the paint you choose works best before you start on your favorite project.

There are alot of books out there. I bought "How to paint your Car" at Hastings and it was a huge help. They go through prep, paint, and finish work.

Dont be afraid, it will work out fine. Even if the first one is less than perfect, you will get better as you do more.

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Just remember....

You don't have to know how to paint if you know how to buff out the mistakes.
 
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