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Hey, Guys

Can someone give me some tips on painting my hood and trunk.

The clear coat has given up on my 96 black Tbird and I want to paint it myself.
Like type of paint and prep ideals...tips...???
Thanks,

Jerry
 

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Section off part of your garage for a pretty air tight area, get some good airfilters, get a good size compressor, and get some decent guns. Then practice on some old body panels. Do lots of reading on prep work, it's very important. Unless you are willing to put a lot and time and money in to this isn't not going to come out well. You are probably better off spending $500 to have somone respray your hood and trunk. The ABSOLUTE minumum you will spend for decent equipment is 1000-1500, and you could EASILY spend 5k. Also good paint is very expensive too.......sorry to burt your bubble, but if you want a nice finish it takes lots of time and money.
 

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There is tons of information out there. One of the sites message boards that I visit once an awhile has a forum dedicated to body work, and they are really good about answering questions. I learned quite a bit there already. www.hotrodders.com/forums
 

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No dude go for it. Anything would better than that frosted clear coat right? Rent a compressor and a decent spray gun starts at $150 bucks. The paint will be like $400 at least. Practice first on other junk and make sure you have water filters on that air hose. Even tiny amounts of water coming in from the air compressor will ruin your finish. And you gotta have a clean room, no dust whatsoever. Then you gotto know about the paint you're using. Like with this one kind, an expert told me that you gotta spray paint over the primer within 4 hours so that the two layers will chemically bond. That's just an example of one of those things that you don't know that'll get ya. And there are a bunch.
 

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Thanks,

What do I have to lose some paint and then I have to sand it again.....I will just take my time, and see what happens...to me better than paying someone to much money to do it. I have already sanded the hood and primed it so it does not rust, just need to sand the trunk and then work on the smaller turnk to paint first.

Any tips on technique on spraying? Acrylic or enamal??
 

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Awe... forget about spraying. Just go to the hardware store and buy a roller and some good out door paint. If you feel like spending a little extra have them mix the paint to match your car.

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as for paint, go with a two stage urethane. base coat, clear coat. beginners can also have good luck with single stage if its a solid color. the car's black right? single stage will be way cheaper and will hold up just as good.


dont sand a panel until youre ready to spray it. it should be sanded, scuffed, cleaned, taped off, sealed, based, cleared. in that order, all at the same time. none of this sand it, pretend-prime it and not finish it crap.

since youre already past that point, get it painted fast. any primer that you got from a rattle can is most likely laquer based, and will absorb moisture from the air after 8 hours. it will transfer said moisture directly to the panel, and it will trap it there. right under your new paint. keep the final grit at 500 or higher, and you wont see the scratches in the finished product. its all about the foundation you build your house on.
 

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Thanks I will paint my hood tomorrow, after I wet sand the primer and clean it good.
 

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Did not get to it this weekend but I am working on painrting this Sat.

Will take pics.

Wish me luck...I am very paitient.
 
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