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Post by StryfeS13 on December 26th 2010, 12:13 am

Hey everybody, I've done some searching around the site and was only able to find a few posts about this subject.

I got this electric HVLP spray gun today, http://www.harborfreight.com/high-volume-low-pressure-spray-gun-kit-44677.html

And I was wondering if I should spray it with typical Rustoleum oil-based enamel, or should I use something from Rustoleum's automotive line? I have done 3 roller paint jobs before, all turned out great, but I wanted to try something different.

Seeing as the paint doesn't need to be as thin while spraying, I was thinking this would work if I decide to go with the typical Rustoleum oil-based paint:

- Sand/Bodywork till perfect
- Primer
- Rustoleum Black thinned 75% Rustoleum, 25% mineral spirits
- Add a little Valspar Enamel Hardener
- 6 coats, westand on 6th coat after letting dry for 48 hours.

What would I do if I decided to go with Rustoleum automotive paint? Just put it in my gun and spray?

Here's a link: http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=518

Acrylic Lacquer Basecoat formulation
Durable professional finish
Ready to spray system
Designed for all vehicles
Tough, road resistant finish
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Post by retired plumber on December 26th 2010, 11:25 pm

I've never used one of those but I know the older ones put out a LOT of paint. Since you have it, give it a shot and let us know how it went. I would suggest moving the gun rapidly at first untill you seem how it goes. Also try to regulate the paint output as low as it will go at first. You would still need to prep the car properly.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on December 27th 2010, 8:26 am

looks like a nice set up. I would like to see your results.
As far as the Rusto auto paint goes, it's a lacquer base coat/clear coat system. Right from the can to the gun, no thinner is required. One thing with lacquer is that it's not as "forgiving" as enamel (typical Rusto) and what I mean by that is that if there are any imperfections in your body work a lacquer finish will really bring it to light. Sand scratches, bad body work etc. Emamel will hid more. Just something to think about.
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Post by StryfeS13 on December 27th 2010, 8:11 pm

retired plumber wrote:I've never used one of those but I know the older ones put out a LOT of paint. Since you have it, give it a shot and let us know how it went. I would suggest moving the gun rapidly at first untill you seem how it goes. Also try to regulate the paint output as low as it will go at first. You would still need to prep the car properly.
Mike

I have a spare fender, I will try it on that first before anything else.

63Falconconvert wrote:looks like a nice set up. I would like to see your results.
As far as the Rusto auto paint goes, it's a lacquer base coat/clear coat system. Right from the can to the gun, no thinner is required. One thing with lacquer is that it's not as "forgiving" as enamel (typical Rusto) and what I mean by that is that if there are any imperfections in your body work a lacquer finish will really bring it to light. Sand scratches, bad body work etc. Emamel will hid more. Just something to think about.

So, do you think I should just use typical rustoleum thinned, with a hardener? I want the paint to last, I don't want to have to constantly wax/buff.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on December 28th 2010, 8:32 am

check this out: http://www.thirdgen.org/techboard/body/546612-ultimate-budget-paint-job.html I'm going to roll with Valspar. The link has good info about the paint. (even though he sprayed his Bird)

or another good choice is Rusto top side marine paint. It's only a few dollars more then regular Rusto and it has UV protection. http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=4

Im going to go with the Valspar tractor paint. I can get it locally at Tractor Supply. It's available in quarts, gallons and 12 oz spray cans.

I need UV protection. I drive my Falcon everyday to work in the summer, rain or shine, and it sits out in the sun from 7:30 AM to 5:00PM so I really want something that won't chalk or fade from the sun.

Valspar with your electric sprayer might be a hot set up thumbs up

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Post by StryfeS13 on December 29th 2010, 2:20 am

Wow, that turned out really good. I'll probably try that!
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