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Anyone tried using a Paint gun?

Post by Jeezer on October 2nd 2010, 6:35 pm

I was wondering if anyone has tried using a spray gun instead of the paint rollers. I have a spray gun and compressor at my disposal, but I'd like to hear or see what other people, who have used this method, have experienced.

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Post by retired plumber on October 4th 2010, 9:29 pm

Spray gun works good. Actually a lot less work. One reason people roll is, of course, no compressor or spray gun. Also you need a place to spray Laughing. Most wives don't want you spraying in the family garage because of the smell, etc.
The prep work is the same and if you aren't a pro sprayer you will need to sand and buff the finished coat but the painting is finished in one day without sanding every two coats.
I think spraying is best if you have the equiptment and the place, otherwise rolling is the way to go. I have been painting as a hobby for 45 years and I spray.
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Post by mapexgurl on October 4th 2010, 10:57 pm

Check my thread on the Charger I'm redoing. I sprayed the engine bay with a harbor freight gun and 15 gal Craftsman Compressor. It has flaws, but is way better than it was. I can always go back and do a final wet sand and buff in the future though.
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Post by Jeezer on October 6th 2010, 12:21 am

Thanks for the advice.

I do have a spray gun, which I bought from Harbor Freight a while back, that I was going to try out but never got to. Also have a few 2 inch wide 10x10 PCV pipes and fitting I was going to make a paint room out of using plastic siding and a couple of heaters. Also bought a brand new 30 gallon for everday tinkering. I guess I'll just have to try it out on scrap metal/cardboard before I actually start on the car itself.

Thanks again, will hopefully be starting on it soon.
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Post by Jeezer on October 6th 2010, 12:24 am

Oh yeah another question:

Is rustoleum the only type of paint you can use? Or can you use any type of house paint.

Reason is I was looking into getting a different color than the ones available. Are there other paints out there and is paint mixing another option?

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Post by Jeezer on October 6th 2010, 12:27 am

Sorry nevermind, just checked the stickies and did a search.
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Post by spystyle on October 22nd 2010, 11:20 am

I found a video on Youtube of a fella that sprayed his Toyota Tercel mixing 2 parts paint to 1 part mineral spirits :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOZAPI9ZqOY

And the 1 minute follow up video :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P208cMkfN2s

He claims it only needed 3 coats (opposed to the 6-8 needed by others)

I'm gonna try it Smile
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Post by retired plumber on October 22nd 2010, 10:57 pm

Spraying puts on a lot more paint per coat than rolling. Usually there is (when spraying) a base tack coat, two full coats ans I usually put a fourth coat on that is 75/25 thinner to paint and that is sprayed fron about two feet away and goes on kind of like a mist. The extra thinner helps the flowout (they say).
If you have some really bad orange peel you can spray some more paint in that area to build it up for the color sand before buffing.
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Post by ANeat on October 23rd 2010, 11:01 am

Plumber do you wait overnight between coats or do you just wait till its dry to the touch?
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Post by retired plumber on October 27th 2010, 10:37 pm

All done in one day. I recote when the paint gets tacky. Touch some masking where you stopped painting and when it feels almost sticky (just a little bit) have at it again. On a nice warm day it would be probably 15-20 minutes but that is with auto paint. rusto with ms should be roughly the same or maybe a bit longer depending on the mix.
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Post by 78StangII on February 9th 2011, 8:55 pm

retired plumber wrote:Spraying puts on a lot more paint per coat than rolling. Usually there is (when spraying) a base tack coat, two full coats ans I usually put a fourth coat on that is 75/25 thinner to paint and that is sprayed fron about two feet away and goes on kind of like a mist. The extra thinner helps the flowout (they say).
If you have some really bad orange peel you can spray some more paint in that area to build it up for the color sand before buffing.
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I have talked to that guy with the Tercel about spraying a thinner final coat. He replied that he didn't. He sprayed all three coats at 2:1. I was going to do what you were talking about. So, I messaged him and that's what he told me. Would it still be a good idea to do that or would it just depend how the paint lays down from the first 3 coats?
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Toyota Tercel paint job 2 years after

Post by 0rphan on August 1st 2012, 12:24 pm

Update for the Toyota Tercel paint job 2 years after
youtube.com/watch?v=ifSoMXWJGAs&feature=plcp

sorry can't post links as a newb here
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