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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-16-2009, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Doing my own custom paint job

Hello All,

I really want to do my own custom paint job. I would like to paint my tins black and do tribal flames in green. I know I can physically do it, I just don't know what I need. What kind of paint to I use? Do I need to buy an air brush? Where do I get the detailing tape?

Thanks to anyone who can help...
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depends on a few things... are you using spray cans or are you using a compressor and gun??? how much time are you willing to spend on the project??

check out eastwood.com

unless your doing "real flame" you wont need the airbrush... although you can do some real cool effects with one that is very harde even with a detail gun..


chech this out..

http://www.eastwoodco.com/shopping/p...roductID=16692

then search masking tape... should have everything you need
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I've done my a couple times already and am doing it again with dupli color paint in bomb cans.If you take your time you can do a really good job with this stuff.I've had painters that couldn't beleive I did it with cans.I get the blue fine line tape for masking out the graphics for napa but you should be able to get anywhere that sells automotive paint.

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i ended up just using pinstriping tape from any aut store... the 1/4 inch stuff.... was able to make good lines without having it bunch up at all.... i did my helmet wth spray cans and i will be doing the same with the bike sometime soon...deffinetly let us know when you do it... some pics would be awesome

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When I worked in the Autobody shops, we would use 3M tapes from CarQuest, but any part store or wally world carries it
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If you're planning on doing anything other than rattle can you might be susprised at the cost. Decide what type of paint you want and price it out carefully. Basic supplies for a base coat/clear coat job will run $150-$200 just because of the quanities you have to buy. A fair gun will run another$100 and then you need an air compressor that will keep up with the gun. Try your local high school or Jr. college and see if they offer paint n body classes. In my local college tution is less than buying a good gun. Also at a Jr. college you will get a break on paint and might be able to split the material costs with other students.

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Ok, so I can do it with spray cans then, that's good news. I plan on basically cutting my own stencils but I'm lacking info in the "prep" department. Do I need to do anything to the tins before I start spraying? Do they need a layer of clear or have the old paint buffed out at all?

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prep for painting is a must... I don't know how the original paint looks...if there aren't any chips you can just wet sand with 400 grit sand paper and lay down the color..then move to a 1500 grit (wet sanding again...also remember no such thing as too much water) you want to just lightly scuff this time, lay down your graphics, then lightly scuff again and apply clear coat. the more clear you use the deeper the paint will look.

you might want to go to your library and check out a how to book on automotive painting...
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Anything above 400 grit paper you start to loose the ability for adhesion. 1500 is for color sanding to buff the finish.


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Anything above 400 grit paper you start to loose the ability for adhesion. 1500 is for color sanding to buff the finish.
thanks...my mistake...it has been a few years since I have painted... I really need to get back into it though...
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