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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Quote Originally Posted by POS carb View Post
    i'm trying this on the 3gee right now, super ghetto, I'll sneak in some pics tomorrow.
    I'm impressed so far.
    Can't wait to see the results.

    When is someone on this board going to do a vinyl wrap?
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Go to harbor freight, buy the really cheap electric house paint sprayer, spray it. looks better, and easier
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Put one coat yesterday around noon, a second last night around 9. even though it's in my garage there are random bugs and debris in it. Hopefully wetsand will fix this.
    I'll post a pic tonight
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    OK,
    did the roof hood and front fenders 2 coats. Sanded the hood and gave it a 3rd coat last night... gonna practice my sanding on the hood because its dented and will be replaced if this works. Not sure how much sanding I need to do, I may have over done it a bit...

    2nd coat dry




    sanding 2nd coat






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    3rd coat (tried to go a lot thinner on this one, but too many runs for my taste)

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    looking good. What grit you using on the wetsanding? I've done two coats in between the sanding
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Quote Originally Posted by POS carb View Post
    OK,
    did the roof hood and front fenders 2 coats. Sanded the hood and gave it a 3rd coat last night... gonna practice my sanding on the hood because its dented and will be replaced if this works. Not sure how much sanding I need to do, I may have over done it a bit...
    i did two coats between each sanding. and for my last coat i did one and then sanded and thats when it started to look rough and uneven, so i just decided to keep it that way and buy a paint gun and do it better. but i'm sure if you take your time unlike i did it will look really nice!!

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    You should use a rubber sanding block so u get a flat panel without finger marks.

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Quote Originally Posted by POS carb View Post
    Put one coat yesterday around noon, a second last night around 9. even though it's in my garage there are random bugs and debris in it. Hopefully wetsand will fix this.
    I'll post a pic tonight
    If doing this in your garage, try wetting the floor before you start painting. It helps to keep some of the dust and other debris from getting in your paintjob.

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    POS Carb, I think your experience has pretty much confirmed all my suspicions about this method. I expected debris to be a real problem. I couldn't see any way to wet sand without taking more off the edges than off the flats and I expected that the sanding between coats would take most of the paint off. I think you're doing it right. It's just not a good method. You have to be really, really broke to do it this way. If you can swing it at all, then buy a gun from Harbor Freight or eBay. Build your own booth out of PCV and plastic wrap and get done in a week.
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    try using a higher grit of sand paper and swing by harbor freight and pick up a $1 sanding block. will make it much easier. and as 88hatchbacklxi said. wet the floor to get the dust down. i bought some tractor green paint to do this. but haven’t bought a car to put it on yet haha

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    very humid yesterday, didn't want to risk a hazy coat so I didn't paint. I sanded the paint at 6 and at 9 it was still wet
    I'll give it a shot tonight
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    3rd coat on the roof:




    3rd coat on the front:



    yep...
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    looking much better!

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Looking better man.

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    that looks really good

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    Coming along nicely. You can see i didn't bother to fill the dents because i really didn't expect this to work

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Not too shabby sir. Looks much better than I would have expected. How many coats is that now?
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    damnnnn i think i need to get some black and do that to the civic coupe..faded rattle can and pealing clear coat FTL

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    this sucks. the paint looks awesome but I can't keep debris out. it looks great from 3 feet away but up close there are little specs everywhere. dust and hairs and bugs are pissing me off
    this is a great budget paint job as long as you can have a cleanroom to paint it in and if you did you may as well spray it.
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Quote Originally Posted by POS carb View Post
    this sucks. the paint looks awesome but I can't keep debris out. it looks great from 3 feet away but up close there are little specs everywhere. dust and hairs and bugs are pissing me off
    this is a great budget paint job as long as you can have a cleanroom to paint it in and if you did you may as well spray it.

    It's going to be pretty difficult to not get specs unless you can filter the air somehow. There are all kinds of particles and stuff floating around in the air that you never see. Ever notice how the air seems clearer right after it rains? That's because it is. You might get better results if you can paint right after a good rain. It might also help to build a plastic tent around the area to be painted to keep the bugs out and air movement to a minimum.

    It does look pretty good though. What kind of paint are you using?

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Damn this post is making me want to try this myself! Too bad i live in an apt complex....my Prelude is WAY overdue for a paint job, and this would be just the thing to bring her back. The interior is solid and spotless but my paint job makes me look like a tweaker.
    I'm really liking this post though, thanks for the pics POS Carb.

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    if I wetsand it (1200 grit) I can get most of the specs out and it's very smooth, I just can't get a good gloss after I sand, it comes out a bit less glossy than the dried coat... This is the first car I've ever painted so I'm practicing different combinations of sanding, scratch remover, and glaze to see what gives me the best result. I managed to get a nice smooth finish and reflection but if you look at it dead on there are lots of little scratches going everywhere, not sure what to do. I'm going to do one more sanding and seal up the garage tomorrow and post some pics
    I'm using Sherwin Williams Sea Guard 1000 black gloss thinned with mineral spirits
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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    Quote Originally Posted by POS carb View Post
    if I wetsand it (1200 grit) I can get most of the specs out and it's very smooth, I just can't get a good gloss after I sand, it comes out a bit less glossy than the dried coat... This is the first car I've ever painted so I'm practicing different combinations of sanding, scratch remover, and glaze to see what gives me the best result. I managed to get a nice smooth finish and reflection but if you look at it dead on there are lots of little scratches going everywhere, not sure what to do. I'm going to do one more sanding and seal up the garage tomorrow and post some pics
    I'm using Sherwin Williams Sea Guard 1000 black gloss thinned with mineral spirits

    1200 is pretty fine but I know you can get up to 2000 at least. That might do the trick. If it's still hazy you could try waxing it. Once you do that though you wouldn't be able to paint it again without stripping off the wax.

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    If the 2000 doesn't do the trick, maybe you will need to hit it with some polishing compound? I think the idea is to really go finer and finer with the grit until you can't see the haze or scratches anymore.

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    Re: $50 paint job...dyi..and hot as hell

    def have to polish! This paint will never look good unless you do that... Here's a link to VERY good way of doing this...
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