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Post by NAP1947 on December 10th 2011, 5:43 pm

I have been reading a lot here and will be starting my MGB in January. I did one door with spray and was not happy with the result so I plan to roll when I do the whole car.
I have rolled finishes on boats using both paint and varnish and always rolled a small section then using a foam brush with a wet tip lightly went over the rolled on finish. This method gave a good, smooth, bright, shiny finish with only light sanding between coats.
I have not seen this discussed here at all and wonder if anyone has tried it on a car?
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Post by retired plumber on December 13th 2011, 6:32 pm

That's kinda like what they do here only they use another dry roller instead of a foam brush. It takes care (hopefully) of any runs and the bubbles. Good luck.
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Post by leeready on December 13th 2011, 6:34 pm

I haven't heard anyone doing this to a car. I've seen youtube videos where people are doing this to a boat though. I don't think there's a point if you're going to use a high density foam roller. It comes out pretty darn smooth already. Eh, what do I know though. I've only painted one car and very new to painting anything in general. Hopefully someone else can help you here.

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Post by NAP1947 on December 13th 2011, 8:13 pm

Thanks for the feedback, I am going to do a test panel over the next couple days and will report results hopefully with pictures.
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Post by russosborne on December 28th 2011, 11:00 pm

This is actually one of the questions I had also.
Might have to try both methods when the time comes just to see.
Unless someone else knows for sure. Neutral
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Post by cac1967 on December 30th 2011, 12:08 am

retired plumber wrote:That's kinda like what they do here only they use another dry roller instead of a foam brush. It takes care (hopefully) of any runs and the bubbles. Good luck.
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Post by leeready on January 25th 2012, 5:11 pm

I found this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-SGcSlNmoo

It came out so smooth! I'm going to try this today see how smooth it goes for me. I've been getting roller marks.

Thanks for the tip!
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Post by NAP1947 on January 25th 2012, 8:17 pm

Leeready, this is exactly how I painted and varnished wooden boats, not appreciated by purists but in most cases they could not tell how I did it.

I am just doing a front bumper for my wife's Accord and so far it is nearly perfect except for dust. A couple more coats should do it.

Pictures to come when complete.
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Post by leeready on January 26th 2012, 2:35 am

I tried this on my fender about an hour ago. It came out very nice. It's still wet right now. I'll see how it looks in the morning. Right now it has very little orange peel.


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Post by leeready on January 26th 2012, 2:04 pm

Here's what I got from last night:



This was at night time. It looks very smooth and glossy in real life.
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Post by Pitirre on April 6th 2012, 10:59 pm

Looks amazing.

Did you go with a thicker coat or what kind of ratio did you use.

I'm definitely doing it this way now.
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Post by leeready on April 18th 2012, 3:18 am

I forget now. I think it was 70% topside & 30% MS. So I guess you can say a little thick. I stopped using this method though. It took forever on my suburban.
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Post by Kokain on September 12th 2012, 9:28 am

Hey leeready, what do you mean it took forever? You just keep slapping it on with a roller and then sanding between coats without messing with the brush trick? I think I will definitely try both methods and see which suits different need. I have some metal parts that need painting and I just want them to have primer plus paint without sanding in between, this might be a good method to get good finish and leaving it as it is.
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Post by leeready on September 12th 2012, 4:35 pm

I mean I got tired of rolling and tipping this huge truck! Haha, it took too long. In the end I just sprayed it with a wagner gun. I got the whole truck done in one day like that.

I'd stick to just using a nice roller and rolling the paint on if you can't spray it.
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Post by Kokain on September 12th 2012, 5:38 pm

Ah thanks for clearing that up, I thought you meant the brush tipping took longer compared to a different rolling method. Well I'm going to try this in a few days and see how it turns out. I hope it works foam brushes.
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Post by leeready on September 12th 2012, 7:37 pm

I tried that too on an old hood. I didn't turn out very good. Though I used those cheap foam brushes at home depot for 50 cents a pop. Maybe that was my mistake?!

Hopefully it works better for you. If I were you I'd try on a test panel first.

Good luck.
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