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Learning to paint.

I decided to invest in decent paint equipment, rather than pay someone to paint the Chevelle.........OK, I can't afford to pay someone anyway, but that's beside the point.

I bought this set of DeVilbiss paint guns from Eastwood.



I converted my "boat house" into my "paint booth"...



Hung 4 150 watt flood lamps from the ceiling.



They illuminated the table pretty well.



Put all the pieces in epoxy primer/sealer.



It was right after this that I read Thors comment on getting dirt/dust on his primed parts and he thought it was due to using a table. I had the same experience....lots of particles in the paint. I hand sanded the primer to get the dirt and un-even texture of the primer down flat again. What a PITA. Epoxy primer isn't supposed to be sanded and it balled up under the paper and I had to constantly clean the part and paper to get it off.
Once I was OK with the surface I went ahead and had the original paint matched from a fender and shot everything Orange. EVERYHING got hung and wiped with tack cloth just before painting.



The fender got set on a tall saw horse. There is NO bondo work done on here. I can't do filler to save my soul and since this is SUPPOSED to be temporary, I just painted over the patch seam. Doesn't look too bad until you get really close.



Not perfectly smooth by any measure, but it IS shiney.



I shot the lower window channel too. Another PITA to prep. All that work to paint a strip of metal 1.5 inches wide.




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Definitely need to invest in this as well. How much did that paint kit cost you?

By the way everything looks great!
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From my experience painting in my shop, the underside of the car is the hard part. You need light below the body line or you cant see enough to get good coverage and gloss. Painting the Yellow TA was the worst, I couldnt see anything it was so bright.

Doesnt look too bad though. I spent $350 on my gun, it was well worth it compared to the crappy job the cheap guns did. My filler work needs improvement as well, so you arent alone.
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Definitely need to invest in this as well. How much did that paint kit cost you?

By the way everything looks great!
$140 plus shipping.....here's a link to them
DeVilbiss Startingline: HVLP Auto Paint and Priming Gun System

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Mitch,

Great job on the booth setup and Devilbliss gun, I have the same brand and love it! I'm glad I was able to assist unknowingly with your project.

If I may make an observation/suggestion; I noticed the floor in your tent was dirt, you may eliminate a lot of the dust by laying down a plastic sheet, it would be an in-expensive floor solution that could save you a lot of sanding time.

What are you running for air filtration on your compressor?

-Thor
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Mitch,

Great job on the booth setup and Devilbliss gun, I have the same brand and love it! I'm glad I was able to assist unknowingly with your project.

If I may make an observation/suggestion; I noticed the floor in your tent was dirt, you may eliminate a lot of the dust by laying down a plastic sheet, it would be an in-expensive floor solution that could save you a lot of sanding time.

What are you running for air filtration on your compressor?

-Thor
I had dampened the floor beforehand to hold the dust down but I do have a tarp large enough to cover the whole thing.....good suggestion, I will use that next time. I still have the left fender and right door to paint.

Air filtration is a paper element at the intake. I do have a final desiccant filter/trap right at the gun.

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looks good! if it was easy women and children would be doin it!


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Mitch, looks great, good job. Love to see the final pics! Keep it up and you will be tmc--too many cars, less projects!
Nothing better than drinking a cold one and watching paint dry!!
Really need side lighting. It is easy to load paint up on flat surfaces, the side of the car is were finesse comes into play, enough paint/clear to finish without running the clear..

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Looks really good.

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Looks pretty good to me Mitch.....I always figgered that I could probably paint pretty well, but I KNOW I can't do body work!!! I hope you can afford to keep fuel in your rig so you can keep working. I saw diesel at $4.50 here today!!! Eric



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