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Post by FordWagonNut on September 13th 2011, 11:47 pm

Just a few pictures of some prep and body work I am doing before I start painting the Buick.





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Post by FordWagonNut on September 13th 2011, 11:52 pm

The color I am going with is Almond. I figure it will work well with the avocado green interior and will look '70s for a period correct color.

I have already tried a few panels with a first coat. I did a 50/50 split, it was WAY too thin and a lot of bubbles. So I have been sanding it back down.

The primer I used was Rusto automotive primer but I found that the paint pealed in areas even after 3-4 days to dry. So should I just roll the primer rather than spray bomb it?
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Post by 63Falconconvert on September 14th 2011, 8:33 am

Nice work so far.
Bubbles are normal. Remember the thicker the coat (mix) the heavier the bubbles. What works for me and most guys is a dry roller in the other hand. Let your rolled paint flow out for a few minutes then lightly roll over the top with the dry roller and this will help pop the bubbles. Some guys use a hair dryer, this didn't work for me but maybe my hair dryer is junk...lol. Thats the beauty for rolling, there are many ways to get great results. The fun is figuring out what will work for you.
Spray can primer is a lacquer base, meaning it is very aggresive. If your paint is lifting there is probably some sort of "soft" (cheap) enamel paint under your fresh primer or some contamination in the paint like Armour All, wax grease etc. I like "roll on primer" as my heavy blocking coats. Once I get everything straight then I use Rusto Auto primer in a spray can (love the stuff) over the top, lightly scuff with a scotch brite pad then paint. Again this is what works for me.
Hope this helps.
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Post by FordWagonNut on September 14th 2011, 6:28 pm

Thank you for the information Bob.

My buddy left town yesterday, lent me his 45 gal AC and Harbor Freight paint gun. So I'm now tempted to try spraying it. Saw the guy with the '90s Toyota Tercell painting it blue, 2:1 ratio.

But like you stated, a part of this kinda thing is figuring out what works for you.
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Post by 86 stang on September 15th 2011, 3:17 am

welcome we love pics here keep us updated /there are posts here that have worked out almost any problem look them over and dont forget there are lots of people here to help welcome
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Post by 63Falconconvert on September 15th 2011, 7:17 am

My favotite thing about this is the "shock factor"...."you painted your car with a what....A ROLLER"........ grin
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Post by cac1967 on September 15th 2011, 9:26 pm

body work look's really good, don't rush it, that will be a very nice car when done!!!
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Post by FordWagonNut on September 18th 2011, 8:01 pm

Have not moved far but it's keeping my mind together from being unemployed. But here are a few pictures of progress. That right rear qrt panel is kickin my butt. Then again, just like some of us on here, first time doing this kind of work.





I rolled my first coat. WAY to thin, LOTS of bubbles. So I am sanding it back down.






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Post by RoboGeek on September 18th 2011, 10:09 pm

thin coats and lots of sanding is the secret. If your getting lots of bubbles, look at your paint mix. Does it have bubbles? If not you are probably rolling too fast and/or using too much pressure. You can usually go back over it with a very light pressure and make the bubbles go away. That also removes some of the excess paint and the roller marks
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Post by RoboGeek on September 18th 2011, 10:10 pm

where in IL are you?
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Post by 86 stang on September 19th 2011, 12:05 am

rebogeek is right lots of thin coats agree is the secret
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Post by cac1967 on September 19th 2011, 7:43 pm

Lookin good !!! take your time and keep at !!! thin coat's are the key!!!
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Post by FordWagonNut on September 19th 2011, 8:14 pm

Well I hope to be done with the qrt panel with in a day or so. Then I can move back on to painting.

Robo. I am in the NW subs of Chicago, Cary. That is near Barrington and Woodstock (Groundhog Day was filmed).
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Post by leeready on September 20th 2011, 11:10 am

Haha I love that movie.

Why didn't you spray it? Just wondering. I just got done with my Saturn SL2 (gloss black) and I wish I had an air compressor and a gun. Just for I could have saved the time.
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Post by wantajav on September 20th 2011, 8:52 pm

IMHO:

If you are spraying get tractor paint from Valspar /TSC and use 2x the hardener recommended

If you want an OEM metallic get TCP global enamel

If you want to avoid overspray, compressor issues, lots of thin roller coats, 50-45-5 or something rustoleum ---mineral spirits ---penetrol

If you can't see through it even after 3 coats it was rolled on too thick.

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Post by 63Falconconvert on September 20th 2011, 8:59 pm

thumbs up great advice from wantajav.
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Post by FordWagonNut on September 21st 2011, 12:36 am

leeready wrote:Haha I love that movie.

Why didn't you spray it? Just wondering. I just got done with my Saturn SL2 (gloss black) and I wish I had an air compressor and a gun. Just for I could have saved the time.

The more I get into this body work and such, the more I am leaning into spraying the car. Still at a cross on what I want to do and what paint I want to go with.
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Post by wantajav on September 21st 2011, 7:17 pm

let me add this --- I have a car I want to paint metallic STILL going to roll the primer. Getting the gallon of Rusto Gray from Advance Auto for $44 bucks.....thanks to the folks here who clued me in to it.....even body shops are rolling primer now.....

Thanks to 63 falconvert for showing his straight as an arrow Falcon
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Post by MrMister on September 21st 2011, 10:42 pm

Why roll primer versus spraying it?

Do you know what color you are going to paint it? We can be wagon buddies.
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Post by FordWagonNut on September 22nd 2011, 2:50 am

MrMister wrote:Why roll primer versus spraying it?

Do you know what color you are going to paint it? We can be wagon buddies.

I already sprayed the primer on.

I think I am going to ditch the idea of roll painting the Buick (running out of good weather days) and will be going with a single stage acrylic enamel. The color is pretty close to the original 1973 Buick green/silver. I will spray the inner fenders with Rusto and use it for other smaller areas. It's great paint but like I said, I'm running out of time and now I have access to a proper air compressor and gun.
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