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8/8/14 5:46pm - Original Message: 'Ready (?) for paint...'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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Well, I've sanded and primered and puttied and sanded and puttied and sanded and...you get the idea.  I have reached the limits of my body work know how.  If body work knowledge was measured in how sharp an object, I'm a water balloon.  I have compared this little project to working with joint compound.  The more you mess with it, the more you screw it up and if you look long enough and close enough, you'll find another spot to "fix".

After finding the original white, I actually like it.  Knowing what little knowledge and skill I have in painting cars someone please give me advice on what paint manufacturer I should use.


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8/8/14 7:24pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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Dave, have you actually tried to buy the paint over the counter yet?


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8/8/14 8:58pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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This company may be a good start to looking at painting options.


http://paintforcars.com/   



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8/8/14 9:06pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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Ebo , I have not.  I was going to head out in the morning.  There is a couple of local guys I'm considering one given to me by Sarge and another just happens to be the local guys that I trust(you know the ones that own and work on cars themselves).  I think I'm going to wait until I make some improvements to my "paint booth".

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8/8/14 9:48pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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hi,don't for get to earth car body,just from body to floor.As it's a plastic car,and static will ruin any paint job.You will need to add a flex additive at least for front and rear ends.i would use it all over.

also get a panel wipe fluid and tack rags,and a paper overall.




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8/9/14 8:10am - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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ok first quote on materials was $608. ouch

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8/9/14 8:29am - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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not bad,cost 600 ($900) to do a Camaro base coat and clear.

what brand of paint?do you know any sprayer/shops who might get what you want at trade prices?



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8/9/14 9:49am - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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That quote was for just enough paint to do the car in front of the doors, 2 quarts paint, hardener, thinner and clear coat.  Not sure what brand.  I was suffering from sticker shock.

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8/9/14 10:48am - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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as they say over here."i think they see you coming"

look on line for mail order firms.

tell me what you was buying and quantities be able to comment more.

ok I see quantity.what is a us.quart???



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8/9/14 10:56am - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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It's 1/4 a gallon.  Ok, just screwing with you.  It's about the same size a s a liter.

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8/9/14 11:02am - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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right looked line here and I can get all that for less then $200.

that is going away way from firms like DuPont,custom colour.

not being rude but would you be able to use high end paints?




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8/9/14 12:50pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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Joanne said:

right looked line here and I can get all that for less then $200.

that is going away way from firms like DuPont,custom colour.

not being rude but would you be able to use high end paints?




Rude...no chance of that with me.  I'm looking for the most forgiving paint I can find.  So it will be base coat clear coat.  I figure I can sand and sand till I get it as good as whatever makes me happy or until I get sick of sanding.  Like I've said in the past, I'm looking for a 30/30 paint job.  Good from 30 ft or 30 mph  (10 meters and 50 kph).

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8/9/14 1:27pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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have you all the primer done? did you use a long block?




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8/9/14 3:17pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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If you need to buy two quarts you should just buy gallon it is almost the same price believe it of not. Our local advanced auto parts sells RUSTOLEUM in gallons. I am not busting your berries either. Google rustolleum paint for automobile and you will be surprised. My friend has a body shop that does a lot of classic cars and everybody wants top of the line paint until they get the price. Then it is use cheap paint until they get the price. Then it is don't paint it. Since 911 all the laws changed on chemicals causing the paint to sky rocket. Ridiculous. Another bit of terrorist info if nobody knows. The jug of 134a for a/c systems just went from $85.00 a jug to $275.00 a jug now that it is on the terrorist list of possible chemical use. We just priced out a gallon of PPG paint and a gallon of PPG clear. Our cost $2200.00. How do you justify that. I know you are trying to do the job the least expensive way but when it comes to paint there is not such a thing. I wish you the best of luck. If I had extra white paint I would deliver it you myself.

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8/9/14 3:26pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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Redwoman said:  I know you are trying to do the job the least expensive way but when it comes to paint there is not such a thing. I wish you the best of luck. If I had extra white paint I would deliver it you myself.


Hell, what paint do you have!!Wink

Not even looking for the cheapest because, as you've said, there is no such thing as cheap.  I'm just looking for decent.  This car is going to have lots of mileage put on it.  After my daughter heads to college I'm hitting the road and traveling everywhere, hoping to do the national park circuit.

Anywho...I have seen the folks that use  rustoleum and they do seem to be decent paint jobs.  I have been able to get quotes locally for about half and on the internet for about 25% of the first quote.

I did use a long block as best I could and was surprised how much of the body I could do with it.


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8/9/14 4:45pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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you wanna walk around back of a few spray shops and see what paint brands they are using.look in the dustbins I just got a long flexible block. not used it yet. but looks promising.



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8/9/14 7:56pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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indy99 said:

This company may be a good start to looking at painting options.


http://paintforcars.com/   



Based on what you said this may be an option for you.


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8/9/14 8:08pm - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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indy99 said:
indy99 said:

This company may be a good start to looking at painting options.


http://paintforcars.com/   



Based on what you said this may be an option for you.


I checked out the site right after you posted it.  That's why the sticker shock hit me so hard.  I don't see anyone getting close to their prices.

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8/10/14 1:46am - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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hi,i would give that suppliers a try.

what conditions are you spraying in? if anything other then a booth take care.

if your in your garage,poly sheet every walls damp floor.if you have a cple of fans,place them so they pull air out. suck rather then blow across the car.you'll embed dust/bugs by blowing from behind car. if you do get bugs leave them alone ,till dry.then pick off.little legs don't show as much as a swat mess.

look at hardeners spec,or phone and ask if they contain polyisocyanates.

iso.will wreck your lungs,with out proper air fed mask.

my advise is don't use it .go for the single stage kit.




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8/10/14 1:54am - Reply: 'Re: Ready (?) for paint...'
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Here is some useful info on painting your car.


Very good article on painting a corvette.  http://www.mathcs.duq.edu/~vergot/corvette/index.html


Good graphics site  http://www.autorestylersinc.com/index.php?osCsid=064a2f2e1dcead95887d0f53ae99d85a


Pin striping supply  http://www.stewartdesign.biz/products/pinstripes.html


Adding a pearl additive to paint  http://www.paintwithpearl.com/


Another pin striping supplier  http://www.stripeman.com/pin-stripes.htm


and finally another automotive paint supplier  http://www.tcpglobal.com/


Hope this can help you. Food for thought.  Indy99



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