March 23, 2007The paint on the hood of my car was really messing up so I finally decided its time to fix it. I purchased a DeVilbiss Finishline 3 Gravity Feed HVLP on ebay for about $130, which comes with 3 different tips (1.3, 1.5, and 1.8 ). I've sanded some of the paint off and its so thick that I have spent about 4 hours on it with 40 grit paper on an orbital sander and I have only gotten through the primer in a couple of spots so I bought some "Flexible Bumper Paint Stripper" since most of the other paint stripper was not safe for fiberglass. I've got some prices on paint and one place priced some Dextron?? (or something that started with a d) for about $120 and another place priced some PPG for $220. Both of those include a pint of paint and clear with reducers. The primer only came in gallons and it would have been almost an extra $100 and I will never use that much before it gets old so I bought a quart of duplicolor primer/sealer from O'Reilly's for about $25. I plan to strip the rest of the paint and prime and seal it this weekend and possibly paint it next weekend. I was wondering if you guys thought it would be ok to use the duplicolor primer with a different brand of paint. I am thinking about sacrificing the extra $100 and going for the PPG paint because from what I have read you get better results with better paint. I am open for any advice you may have since this will be my first time using a spray gun. I also bought a quart of duplicolor paint to practice with before I spray anything on my hood.
March 24, 2007Have a bodyshop or professional do it.
Yer already in too much money with no gurantee it will be a good job when finished.
March 25, 2007sorry Jim think we need a new icon
March 25, 2007For primer, base, clear, top AND bottom, I paid about $350 on our hood in '95. PPG paint.
I think if you are doing this because you want to learn how to paint - go ahead and do it, and experiment, and expect to do it over again. You'll learn a lot the first time.
If you're doing it to save money, forget it.
Don't forget that most modern paints require REALLY GOOD air filtration, because they put out cyanide related stuff as they cure. You don't want to be breathing that stuff! Also, it smells really really bad and your family or girlfriend or wife will hate it.
March 25, 2007or the guy doing the painting will run out of the shop with a filteration mask on and still be gaging lol I wont call any names but a few of ya know him
March 26, 2007Hey Chris,
I'm also getting ready to paint a hood, but have waited for the very reasons that socal94 mentioned.
My family is heading out of town in a week and a half, so I won't have to be as concerned with the fumes.
Normally I would have had someone do the painting, but I am experimenting with some graphics, so this time it's all me.
No matter what, try to have some fun with it and take your time.
March 27, 2007Well, it took a lot longer than expected to strip all of the paint off. It took all day Saturday and part of Sunday and I see a few areas that need filling in so I'm thinking of waiting until the weekend after next to paint.
Yea, in a way I do need to save money, but after giving it some thought, I figured I would be buying a paint gun anyway after I graduate college becaus I'm planning on restoring cars once I get the money so I would be paying about the same amount or a little more than having someone do it but I come out with a paint gun and some experience. Besides, it can't turn out much worse than it was already...hopefully. The clear was hazing very bad, it had a crack in the paint on the front (the paint was very thick) and there was a bubble that ran almost all the way down both sides of the cowl. I'm hoping that at the worst it will come out with maybe a few runs and some orange peel, but I'm expecting to wetsand it anyway. I'll try and post some pics when I get done unless its totally awful and I will hide the shame by acting like nothing ever happened
April 3, 2007I went to buy paint yesterday and I find out its a 3 stage paint and no one can match it. The first time I went, it was a different person and they may have been new or really couldn't tell and they acted as if it could easily be done. This time, she looked and right away saw that it was 3 stage, but tried the paint scanner anyway and it was showing up an ivory pearl while my car is red! They said my only options would be to come in and look through their books to find something close, which I really don't have the time (she said it would take hours and I only have one hour after work before they close) nor the color matching ability to do or I could take off my fuel door and have her send it to Birmingham where there is a guy who may be able to do it. I decided to go ahead with that, but I'm not expecting them to be able to do it, so what would you guys think about painting it black with maybe just a generic color red down the center of the cowl?? I wouldn't just want a plain black hood and I figure if I put some red within the black, it would be more difficult to notice that it didn't match the rest of the car. I also don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on paint that won't match if I can just get some cheap duplicolor for $20.
April 4, 2007I would think there would be a paint supply place around that could get you the paint matched easliy - maybe the next town? However, I think the idea of doing a complimentary color on the outer edges of the hood could be a way to go. I could look very nice. I'd make one more shot at finding a paint supply place....perhaps call some local body shops and ask who they purchase their paint from???
April 5, 2007Can you get the paint at the dealership???
A very good body shop would be a option too.
April 5, 2007Well the thing with them matching it is the paint scanner can't get a proper profit due to the flake in the paint. I think I may have figured it out though. I was looking through the book and noticed that Performance Red and Vermillion looked very similar so I looked up the paint code on the door and the factory color is Vermillion. I'm guessing they may have either repainted it with the factory color (or left the factory color on) and just sprayed a clear over it with a gold flake mixed in. I have to go back in the morning and hopefully get it figured out. Just a word of advice in case you ever buy a car with custom paint, BE SURE YOU FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW IT WAS PAINTED!!!