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Old 09-09-2007, 04:29 AM   #1
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Ok, so Im thinking about getting this built MkIII but its the color I really cant stand, burgandy, would it be realistic since I have a compressor, to go buy some spary guns for the compressor and some paint for the car and paint it myself, Im pretty experinced in painting but have never taken it to this extreme, what I want to know also is how good will it look, and what kind of paint I need, base coat, gloss etc, and the type of paint I should use, and how much does this paint run for, oh if youre curious and what color the car is going to be, Im just going to go with a simple black. If you could guide me in the right direction that be great cause I dont want to go blow a ton of money on a pro paint job.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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anyone? pics of people doing it them self would be cool too
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Old 09-22-2007, 06:36 AM   #3
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youl'l be needing tons of hardwork and patience in preping up the car for painting. the secret of a good paint job is on the preparation of the body.
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:58 PM   #4
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here is a few pics of my effort before and after. Mine took 150 hours and as you can see the body and paint were very good before i started. I did mine in Artic pearl white, a zerallic pearl used on 2003-2006 subaru imprezas and wrx's. It's a massive job if you want to do it propperly. I did all the prep work at a mates panel shop but i left the painting to the proffesionals. You gotta know what your doing before you try the job on your own. I dont think just owning a compressor is enough
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Old 09-25-2007, 07:11 PM   #5
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when your painting im pretty sure you have to be in a dust free environment with proper air circulation. i think it also matters how much pressure you put through the gun
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Old 10-16-2007, 03:01 AM   #6
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when you are painting you have to be in a climate controlled room with little humidity. you need to buy paint the right hardner for the kind of paint and the right thinner. everything needs to be mixed right with the right air pressure and the right motions to paint. if you mix it wrong you will have orange peel and wont look good.you have to spray evenly or youll have runs. if you do enough layers it doesnt matter how good you paint it if you have enough patience to wetsand it which is a pain in the ass then buff it
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:45 AM   #7
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Haven't tried this yet but interesting:

moparts: paint job on a budget!?

another thread about it:

Sweet $50 paint job - Pirate4x4.Com Bulletin Board

I want to try it one day on my beater truck.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:05 PM   #8
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yea, i used behr house paint and rolled it on... i did that like 8 months ago and im still not done sanding, although im procrastinating most of it.. but it got the job done and it was only like 50 bucks
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The DIY Paint job > they have a nice layout of how to do it.
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:22 PM   #10
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If your experienced in painting and prepping should come out pretty well. My dad and I used to paint many cars as he was a body man at Thoroughbred Nissan here in Tucson. Prepping is honestly about 90% of the work.
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