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Painting a car at home
Sunday, March 27, 2005 8:07 PM
Is is possible to do a decent paint job in a home garage if you have the right tools, Professional spray gun, compressor, water filter, sander.....Is it hard to paint a car and have it come out decent if your a beginer.

Re: Painting a car at home
Sunday, March 27, 2005 8:12 PM
if you've never done it before, don't expect professional quality painting.

not to mention, i think it's illegal to paint a car out of a home garage. not sure on that though.




Re: Painting a car at home
Sunday, March 27, 2005 8:16 PM
i'll be painting mine in my garage. the primer job i did a few weeks ago turned out really well, considering i have never used a paint gun before. as long as you don't have a lot of dust floating around, i don't think you'll have a problem getting a nice finish. i would just recommend practicing on something before you actually start spraying the car.





Re: Painting a car at home
Sunday, March 27, 2005 8:32 PM
i was thinking of installing a couple of large exhaust fans, and i was also thing of keeping the ground of the garage, wet. That shold keep the dust away.
Re: Painting a car at home
Sunday, March 27, 2005 8:35 PM
Ivan Dropulic wrote:

i was thinking of installing a couple of large exhaust fans, and i was also thing of keeping the ground of the garage, wet. That shold keep the dust away.


thats basically what i did when i sprayed the primer, although i used a couple fans from around the house. i swept out the garage before i even started anything and then i hosed down the floor. it was a lot of fun, i can't wait til i get the paint






Re: Painting a car at home
Monday, March 28, 2005 5:00 AM
I'd say there's pretty much nil chance of it working out in any way anyone would consider decent but I'll bet it's a fun project if it doesn't cost you too much.

In the end I suspect you're going to find yourself bringing it to a proper paint shop anyway though.





Re: Painting a car at home
Monday, March 28, 2005 6:23 AM
some more tips ..


lay plastic over all the items in your garage .. the spray the plastic lightly with watter, this will help keep the dust down also .. then with the flor mist it don't soak it .. last thing you want is your air hose dripping with water onto your fresh paint.

Another suggestion, take you hood and or trunk and bumbers off .. try spraying 1 of those first to practice a technique. Spraying a car is harder than it sounds, and spraing primer is completely different thatn spraying paint.



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Re: Painting a car at home
Monday, March 28, 2005 1:56 PM
yea your biggest concern is going to be dust particles in the air that may land on the paint while its drying and get stuck in the paint



Re: Painting a car at home
Monday, March 28, 2005 5:58 PM
Dust is not somthing i'm really worried about....the garage is kinda old, but i was thinking of making a spray booth out of tarps (new) On the ceiling and along the side making a room out of tarps. and i'll have a large exhaust fan......the only thing i wont have is Heaters.

Has anyone here painted thier own car? how did it turn out.?
Re: Painting a car at home
Monday, March 28, 2005 6:16 PM
Your spray booth is a good idea. I've helped my Dad paint a couple of his trucks in our shop. Nothing fancy they're just beaters to run around in the woods. Be sure to clean your gun after you're done, a lot of people don't do that and wonder why the spray isn't clean the next morning. Try to do it on a day with low humidiry too that can make a huge difference. Depending on your experience and equipment its possible to get a "decent" job at home.


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Re: Painting a car at home
Monday, March 28, 2005 6:23 PM
Actually the first time my car was painted was by a friend of mine that owns erod.com with me. He's worked in body shops for years, so experience counts for a lot, but even with an excellent painter, you're still not going to get the quality you get with a profession spray booth/bake booth.








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