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Post by Qwik96 on February 27th 2012, 3:13 pm

Ok guys I'm about to start my paint attempt at my '96 Stang GT... As you can see the car is near perfect as far as the body goes & doesn't have any dings in it! My plan is to spray on the Rustoleum Gloss Black after I sand the original color with 320 grit, clean then dry then tack! I'm not sure if the Walmart type paint sprayer (gravity fed) kit will be sufficient, but I used it before years ago to paint my '88 S-10 metallic silver w/no clear & after wet sanding & polishing/buffing it turned out decent! So here are the pics of the car as it is now & I won't start my paint process until march 17th after I get home from offshore! Thanks & any tips or advice will be greatly appreciated... Frank

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Post by Qwik96 on February 27th 2012, 3:25 pm



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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on February 27th 2012, 8:48 pm

Awww, not another Mustang.
Just kidding...

Sweet car! Looks like yours has the same rear window lift motors as mine... When I got mine, the driver side rear window was stuck closed, but I could hear the motor turning. Disassembling it revealed a broken plastic gear. Napa has them, for like $24 IIRC, but I had to chase around to several locations before finding one. Now my passenger side rear window is doing the same thing.

What will you be using for a compressor?
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Post by Qwik96 on February 27th 2012, 9:34 pm

A friend has a good 30 gallon that I'll use! I'm just trying to fInd out what paint to mineral spirits I should use for the best results & a faster drying time? Also I'm guessing that the 320 grit is going to be a dry sand? I plan on 4 coats, wet sand with 1.500 then 2,000 then Polish & buff with ultimate compound!
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Post by Qwik96 on February 27th 2012, 11:10 pm

1). When I sand my original paint to prep for spraying it black do I wet sand it or dry sand it & what grit should I use?
2). Do I need to wet sand after every 2 coats I spray on or just after my final coat?
3). Once I do spray my final coat how long do I need to wait before I wet sand & polish/buff it with the Meguire's Ultimate Compound then add a nice coat of wax?
4). Will a gravity fed paint sprayer kit from Walmart or Lowe's be sufficient enough for the spray job?

These are really my only questions I have & I may have over read & not saw it, but that's it!
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on February 28th 2012, 12:48 am

I think you don't want to thin with mineral spirits when spraying. Acetone might be better, but someone who knows better will chime in.
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Post by Qwik96 on February 28th 2012, 1:52 am

Well I've heard both, acetone & mineral spirits... So that's why I'm asking so I don't screw up my mixture!
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Post by cac1967 on February 28th 2012, 2:32 am

You can use acrylic enamel thinner and hardner with the rusto for the best finish.
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Post by Qwik96 on February 28th 2012, 3:58 am

cac1967 wrote:You can use acrylic enamel thinner and hardner with the rusto for the best finish.

Can you possibly tell me the proper mixture I'll need in order to get the best results? I'll most likely buy a mixture cup from Lowe's or if I have to use a 4 cup measuring cup! doh
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Post by Qwik96 on February 28th 2012, 11:28 am

This is the color I'm going to attempt to get color/custom tinted & put on some gray stripes down the center!

Talk about SeXy.... My car has the same rims too.. Sweet!
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Post by Qwik96 on February 28th 2012, 2:22 pm

Well after some thought in sticking with solid gloss black! The top wouldn't look right if I wanted black with grey stripes so I'm sticking to my original color, lol
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Post by 63Falconconvert on February 28th 2012, 2:52 pm

Your're a brave man....lol
check out T Hadley's Mustang ll in the project section. He did his in black.
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Post by Qwik96 on February 28th 2012, 3:29 pm

Ok thanks
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Post by Qwik96 on February 28th 2012, 4:43 pm

Yep he rolled his, but I don't have time to roll it so I'm gonna spray it! Plus I'm lucky in that my car has no body rust or dents! Just very minor surface scratches that will sand out when I do a 320 wet sand prior to spraying! After I wash it, dry it off & tape it off then I'll hit it with a tack rag & spray!!! Should be fine if I can ever find out the right paint/ms/hardener mixture, lol
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Post by cac1967 on February 28th 2012, 11:43 pm

4:1:1, 4 parts paint, 1 part thinner,1 part hardner.
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Post by Qwik96 on February 29th 2012, 3:01 am

cac1967 wrote:4:1:1, 4 parts paint, 1 part thinner,1 part hardner.

And I would need enamel hardener & Mineral Spirits or Acetone for spraying? Thanks, Frank scratch
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Post by Qwik96 on February 29th 2012, 3:06 am

I know it sucks dealing with a Newb, lol... ahhh
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Post by T.Hadley on February 29th 2012, 3:14 am

It will really depend on the temp when you paint, Acetone evaporates, faster than Mineral Spirits, you will need a respirator with both, and I also recommend enamel hardener.
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Post by Qwik96 on February 29th 2012, 3:42 am

So mineral spirits is fine to use then? Yeah I have a carport that I'll be using that will be wrapped with plastic & ventilated with a couple of fans as well... And I have a respirator both full face & half face! Here in Texas it's around 70-80 degrees right now so it should be fine!
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Post by cac1967 on February 29th 2012, 10:20 pm

As far as thinner Iwould use acrylic enamel thinner and hardner , you get better control as far as flowout and gloss with these products,
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Post by Qwik96 on February 29th 2012, 11:17 pm

10-4... Acrylic Enamel Thinner & hardener! Thanks so much! Hopefully my Stang will be out of the shop here in the next couple of days Very Happy.... Then when I get home I can begin the transformation process! thumbs up
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Post by Qwik96 on March 2nd 2012, 10:42 am

Does anyone know what I can use to get my Tan top clean? Is there a special cleaner to really get a good deep clean on it?
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Post by cac1967 on March 2nd 2012, 10:26 pm

Blue coral or Blue magic vinyl and convertable top cleaner is a good one.
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Post by Qwik96 on March 2nd 2012, 11:37 pm

Thanks cac1967!!! I'll check out the 2 & get some! I will eventually change my top out to a black one, but for now tan is what it is, lol. I will keep y'all updated as soon as I get home on the project "spray on job"! I'll be sure to take before, sanding, after sanding clean up, tape up/masking, pics after every coat of paint & pics after the final coat! This is gonna be fun & look so dang good! I cannot wait to get home on March 14th & go get all my supplies & stuff! I'm excited! This black paint job is going to look so good especially when I put on my Cobra rims... Yee Haw, lol
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on March 5th 2012, 6:26 pm

You might be able to dye the top, if it's in good shape.
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