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is there a better way?

Post by alexis on December 18th 2010, 12:54 pm

Hi, I've read almost everything possible on diy rustoleum paint job and there is still something I don't understand. It seems to me that a simpler way of doing it would be to paint undiluted rustoleum everywhere and do a lot of layer. No sanding between them. After you have a nice thick coat of paint, THEN you wet sand the hell out of it. Since you have thick paint, you have room to sand every small deffect and you sand only one time.

from what I read, you dilute rustoleum so it can be applied mirror flat, but if you finish by sanding, it will remove every paint line anyway...

am i missing something?

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Re: is there a better way?

Post by nhmercracer on December 18th 2010, 3:35 pm

That may work. Most are just using the proven method.

I may try that on my rear decklid, as there are many sanding scratches I messed.
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Post by DaveB on December 18th 2010, 4:47 pm

I've tried that because I thought the same thing, but when the paint was thick it didn't want to adhere as well. I could peel it off. Not everywhere, but in a lot of places, especially edges.
I later talked to a friend of mine who paints(so this is just hearsay) that paint guns "atomize" paint at the tip, meaning it breaks it up so it can lay down at the molecular level. Over-thinning the paint for the roller method is a method of breaking up the paint so it lays down at that level. (or similarly anyways, its arguable, but at least we get decent results as shown here)
Hopefully that is understandable... I got what he was saying because I do paint for a living.. but I do houses. Lots of DIY house painters slop the roller and lay it on thick, and do the same with a sprayer. Two thin coats is much better; coverage, adhesion, appearance and longevity, in my experience.

Hope that helps, and don't forget, that's just my opinion. I only learn by being wrong, or trying it myself too.


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Post by nhmercracer on December 18th 2010, 5:20 pm

^ What you say makes sense.
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Post by ANeat on December 19th 2010, 1:13 am

I also think the thick coats would take a loooong time to dry
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