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outlawstock17
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posted October 19, 2002 09:39 AM
it's about time to start getting ready for next season. you guys want to know an easy way to paint your racecar cheaply with no overspray? you can do it in your driveway and touch-ups are a snap.......

i use spray cans for the cage, but.......i'm a sign painter by trade and i use bulletin enamel from the sign supply store on the body. its an oil based enamel that drys within a couple of hours under most conditions. practically any color imaginable is available. most colors are under $35 a gallon and when you don't have any waste, you'll be surprised how far a gallon will go. i apply it with foam rollers and a foam brush in the tight spots. no primer is neccesary and it's relatively easy. when you first roll the paint on, it will bubble a little, easily fixed by letting the paint tack up a little and then lightly dragging the roller back over it. use a foam brush in the tight areas. you may have to use 2 coats, but i've never had to use more than 2. you need to let it dry 24 hrs. before you start using masking tape to do stripes and other graphics. i use the low-tack, blue tape.

you guys may think i'm nuts, but it looks almost as good as a spray job. i've been painting my cars like this for about 7 years. everyone compliments my car and most are shocked when i tell them how i did it.

use your imagination and make your racecar your canvas........

SLEEPY GOMEZ
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posted October 19, 2002 07:59 PM
FANTASTIC OUTLAW, YOU'RE MY KIND OF RACER. SLEEPY

sideways
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posted October 19, 2002 08:41 PM
Two thumbs up!Cheap and effectively looking good.

Big Bird
Dirt Full Roller

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posted October 19, 2002 10:08 PM
glad to hear that iv'e painted them in my drive way befor and have to stop for trafick any tricks for numbers?

Eljojo
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posted October 20, 2002 08:38 AM
I went to a graphics supply warehouse and bought a roll of the prism silver ($32) and stopped at the Wal Mart for a roll of brown wrapping paper on the way home. Set a sheet of plywood up on the sawhorses and made a template of a flamejob.I spent the next several hours tracing the flames onto the back of the vinyl and applying them to the car, but talk about a SWEET car! Then I hand drew #'s and traced them onto a solid color vinyl and applied them. Total cost--under $50.00-but it looked like a million!

66jj
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posted October 20, 2002 08:18 PM
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I HAVE ALLWAYS DONE MY OWN, I GO TO A VINYL SUPPLY STORE AND YOU CAN GET THE CHROME THAT THE LETTERING GUYS SELL FOR DOUBLE, CHEAPER THAN A COLOR, SINCE ITS THINNER AND EASIER TO PRODUCE, THEN I JUST TAKE A ALUMINUM # 6 AND TRACE IT ON THE BACK AND CUT THEM OUT, mY # IS 66 SO I ONLY NEED ONE PATTERN...TOTAL COST FOR 6 #S IS LESS THAN 9 BUCKS$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

I ALSO MAKE MY STRIPES OUT OF VINYL AND APPLY IT ALL MYSELF, PUT SOAP AND WATER ON THE CAR THEN SLAM THE VINYL ON AND YOU CAN MOVE IT AROUND ALL YOU WANT, WHEN YOU LIKE IT SQUEGEE IT AND IT WILL STICK...

outlawstock17
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posted October 20, 2002 08:26 PM
i use vinyl for the little stuff, but i always paint the numbers. the guys i race against like to remove vinyl numbers with their tires. LOL! you know what i'm talking about!

URDUSTED
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posted October 21, 2002 11:40 AM
Have used an overhead projector to be able to change sizes and angles with lots of sucess

loojack
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posted October 22, 2002 03:48 PM
This sound better than using the Wagner Power Painter I tried once.... Any other suggestions?

outlawstock17
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posted October 22, 2002 04:32 PM
if you can get access to an overhead projector, use a "print artist" type of program on your computer and print out your numbers. take the print to kinkos and have it copied to a transparency. use the overhead projector to project the image onto a large piece of paper. trace the image onto the paper with a pencil.

you can buy a "pounce wheel" at a sign supply warehouse for about $10. a pounce wheel is a spiked roller that will puncture paper easily. use the pounce wheel to trace around the pattern of your numbers. use a piece of carboard behind your pattern to allow the pounce wheel to penetrate the paper.

you can tape the pattern to your car and use an old sock filled with baby powder or charcoal powder to "pounce" the image onto your car. lightly tap the powder filled sock onto the paper over the holes made by the pounce wheel. when you're finished, the image will be on your car. i use charcoal powder for light colors and baby powder for really dark colors. you can re-use the pattern many times.

get a good paintbrush and fill in the numbers with a quality oil-based enamel. you can also mask them off if you need to. old school sign painters use this same method to do logos and small lettering. now you know....


racer17j
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posted October 22, 2002 08:15 PM UIN: 54865418
back before we started to use vinal we used to take masking tape and make a big patch then draw your #'s and sponsors on and cut it out with an exacto knife peel the letters off and rattle can it and then take a paint marker and do your shadowing and outlines

Arkie Dirt Racer
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posted October 24, 2002 01:15 AM
does this "bulletin enamel" have a nice Gloss looking finish? if so I might be interested in that for my car. I'm re-skinning it for next year, so a low-cost easy to apply paint job sounds great.
where can I buy this paint?
thanks-Arkie

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outlawstock17
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posted October 24, 2002 06:44 AM
it does have a nice gloss, but it's not as glossy as polyurethane enamel. you can get it at a sign supply warehouse. check your local phone book or go by a sign shop and ask them if you can buy some.

racer17j
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posted October 24, 2002 01:40 PM UIN: 54865418
i always just use van sickle tractor paint and a cheap spray gun the paint is only 20 a gallon only draw back is the colors are kinda limited. i painted my whole car cage and all 3 different colors and barly used 1 gallon total on the whole thing with 2 good coats and has a nice glossy finish if you thin it down real good for the last coat

ryan
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posted October 24, 2002 04:45 PM
We usually use implement enamel also. Dad usuall thins it with so sort of enamel thinner from napa so it dries faster. If you dont it takes quite a while to dry. Currently we are experimenting with some flourescent colors we found in town for 7 bucks a quart. The first layer we had to lay white down per instructions then the florescent orange and it turned out great nice and glossy but the second layer was kinda dull. We figured it had to do with the paint temperature, it was a little chilly to be painting. I hope it works because they have a bunch of bright good looking colors. Florescent orange yellow and green and plain ol' purple to name a few.

[This message has been edited by ryan (edited October 24, 2002).]

Eljojo
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posted October 27, 2002 03:39 PM
Right on with the thinner! Be sure the thinner you use is compatable-I've seen it turn paint into cottage cheese. I've even poured "gloss'nglo" hardner into Rust Oleum, for that "shine" that lasts all season.

Arkie Dirt Racer
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posted October 27, 2002 06:06 PM
does anyone have any pics of their car painted with any of these paints mention here? (especially the bulletin enamel) I'd like to see how some of them turned out.

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jmorriss71m
Dirt Roller

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posted October 27, 2002 06:25 PM
I use tractor paint from your local cowboy store or hardware store. Paint comes in several different colors and is only $20.00 a gallon. also use the naptha paint thinner. It is $3.00

ryan
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posted October 28, 2002 04:58 PM

Heres mine its the implement paint
Kubota orange and black

Arkie Dirt Racer
Dirt Full Roller

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posted October 29, 2002 02:39 PM
that looks good. I checked and a local tractor place here has implement paint for about $20/gallon. thanks a lot for the info, this will save me a lot of money when if comes painting time!

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loojack
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posted October 29, 2002 03:05 PM
Eljojo, What is "gloss'glo" and where do you get it? Thanks, loojack

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Eljojo
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posted October 29, 2002 04:41 PM
It's a hardner. Other names for it are "Wet Look" and .......(brain fart in progress.) Be sure it'll mix with the paint you're using! I KNOW it works with Rust Oleum Acrylic. (Home Depot) Lowes mixes a Professional's Choice if you want something other than basic colors, it's a little cheaper.

loojack
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posted October 30, 2002 04:06 PM
Thanks,Eljojo, I'll have a better idea of what to look for this spring. loojack

sideways
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posted October 31, 2002 07:58 PM
Does anyone know if hardner works in Lowes PRO Choice paints?Cause it drys real sloooooow.Or would that be the type of thinner invovled?I used mineral spirits. thanks good topic to talk about this time of year.

hoosier_baby_3D
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posted November 01, 2002 02:22 PM
I am glad to see other people do the same thing that we used to do. I am currently helpin on a crusier that we use spray paint for numbers and paint writers for the letters. Takes me back to win racin was a little less expensive!!
For the number question, get some old cardboard, draw and cut out the number, you have a cheap and inexpensive stencil. Tape it on the car where you want it, get a can of spray paint and go after it.

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Eljojo
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posted November 01, 2002 06:56 PM
I've found that the thinner is the KEY to the dry time. I just use the WESTERN Enamel reducer-it's pricey tho-abt $10 a gallon, but it makes the paint "flash" so that you can second coat in about 20 mins.

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