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Old 04-23-2006, 04:11 PM
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I'm not a good painter!! would it be easier to brush my body?
Old 04-23-2006, 04:30 PM
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Default RE: brush or spray

no def spray just use light coats and be patient dont rush the more time u take and lighter the coats the better it will look (i have yet to see a brushed body that looked right every one u could see the brush strokes
Old 04-23-2006, 08:11 PM
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You will have alot better looking job by spraying it. Spraying paint is not hard as long as you prep it properly. Nice paint jobs look that way because 90% of the time goes into preping them. What style paint scheme are you going for? (how many colors, etc...) Let me know and I'll try to give you some tip's so you get a decent looking job.
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I want to use one color maybe two, with decals. Thanks for the tips.
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That should be simple for you to do then even if you haven't sprayed anything before. Best thing to do is pick up a jar of liquid mask from the LHS (about $4) and take a small brush and cover the grill/bumpers/anything you want a different color. Put about 2 heavy coats on and let it dry. Then take a new x-acto blade and trace around the edges of the bumpers/grill/etc and peel off the excess leaving the mask over the parts you dont want painted.

Also right before you spray it take you fingernail and just make sure all the edges of the window masks are nice and tight to prevent bleeding underneath them.

Then before you spray take the can and put it in a dish of warm water and let it sit for about 5-8 minutes (this will thin the paint in the can and make it alot more even in its coverage. When you spray alway use light coats. three light coats are better than 1 or two heavy coats.

Don't forget to post a pic of it when your done
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how many light coats do i spray?
Old 04-25-2006, 02:25 PM
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Depends on the color you choose. Darker color's will cover a bit easier than light ones. "usually' 2 light coat's of black or a dark color is sufficent most time's, and for lighter ones it will be about 3 or even 4 light coat's. Best way to tell is to lay down 1 light coat, let it sit for about 5-10mins...lay down a second and then hold it up and see if you can still see light through it. If you can then repeat the light coat/sit for 5-10 mins and light test again untill you can't readily see through the paint.
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would you trim the body first, so the paint does not chip when trimming after paint ?
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I always trim the body before paint. It just eliminates any chance for scratching the fresh paint when your trimming it out that way.
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What is the best brand of spray paint ?
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Hey Rusty. Sorry I was out of town for a few days. Only use paint that is compatable with lexan useage. If you don't then it will flake off as soon as you crash or take a tumble. Pactra makes small cans that work great for about $3.50 a can at the LHS's.
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