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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted January 24, 2001 08:36 PM
I'm not much on body repair, and when it comes to paint, I'm a complete idiot. In the past we've used can spray paint to paint the car. That does an OK job, but I now have access to a spray gun and would like to have a nice looking car. I know you need to mix the paint with thinner. I would like to know how many parts of paint to thinner, what kind of paint to use and anything else that I haven't thought of or don't know about would also be very kindly appreciated.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 37
posted January 24, 2001 10:21 PM
Some hints on painting a stock car- Like everything else, there's a wide range of materials, costs, and practices in painting, but I'll recommend a system that looks decent and is very inexpensive. Equipment or industrial enamel can be reduced 2 parts paint with 1 part laquer thinner instead of pricier enamel reducer and doesn't require the use of a catalyst or hardener which, ounce for ounce, is usually the most expensive part of a paint system. Perhaps a better tip would be to visit your local automotive paint supplier and ask to rummage through their racks of color match mistakes or mixing *****-ups. The shop has already written these materials off, but keeps them around because they're still good, thus you could pick them up real cheap or maybe even free if you put their name on the car. One more thing to keep in mind is that if the car's body is pretty thrashed, lighter colors will pronounce it less. Oh ya, don't forget to buy a respirator.
Have fun.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted January 25, 2001 06:03 PM
Thanks RangeRover. I think I know a body shop where we might get some paint. Just a little tip we learned last year, I think I read it in a magazine but I'm not sure. Paint the engine compartment grey, powder blue or anything neutral like that. We had a black engine compartment. That made it hard to see leaks. To make a long story short, the easier you see leaks, the quicker you see leaks...

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted March 08, 2001 03:04 AM UIN: 54865418
we have been using van sickle tractor paint for years about $20 a gallon and you can do the whole thing with only one gallon if you do it right and any body can figure this stuff out just scuff the car and mix 3 paint to 1 thinner and your good to go

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted March 14, 2001 10:20 PM
farm impliment paint is the only way to go unless u run a body shop or are sponsored by one. i used half a gallon on my camaro last year. not a thick coating but it lasted. i would agree to use a gallon for a thicker coating.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted March 16, 2001 03:54 PM
Check out this months edition of stock car magazine. They offer some cost effective solutions. Key is stay away from automotive paint.

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