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Old 04-16-2010, 03:17 PM   #16
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Hey Fil, what spray can (brand and colour) did you use? I actually really like it!
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:36 PM   #17
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Same with the guy who ripped mine off the car!
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:47 PM   #18
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Why not just post your tips in this thread where other people who find it in the future might benefit too? Or will you be found wrapped in zipties with bondo shoes at the bottom of lake Ontario if the bodyshop mafia find out you've been sharing their secrets?

Hey guys, I outlined what I am planning for paint, that's about all the tips I have (condensed from a lot of reading on the internet about it)...I will add any other tips as I go through this with pics. But for now, what I wrote was about it for tips.

Or were you looking for bodywork tips?

I also have some good information on using a brush and roller for Aloush if he wants it...
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:56 PM   #19
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Hey guys, I outlined what I am planning for paint, that's about all the tips I have (condensed from a lot of reading on the internet about it)...I will add any other tips as I go through this with pics. But for now, what I wrote was about it for tips.

Or were you looking for bodywork tips?

I also have some good information on using a brush and roller for Aloush if he wants it...
I believe nonlocal was referring to v_bimmer about the tips since he's in the business and would have some strong feedback. Thats who i was referring to.

is there any reason why you chose the spray can over the roller?
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:37 PM   #20
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for one the paint finish with a can is much smoother than the roller.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:22 PM   #21
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for one the paint finish with a can is much smoother than the roller.
cans scare me since they start losing pressure and not always spraying at a constant. It would be really tough spraying the roof consider the can will have to be side ways, and they only spray while in the vertical position. Could be wrong.

at the end of the day both methods arent really the right way its just figuring what is best.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:44 PM   #22
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I bought a can of scratch filler to prep a new bumper and the damn can clogged up after 10 seconds of use!

I then switched to the same type of can with paint and the SAME thing happened.

Damn spray bombs.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:26 PM   #23
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for one the paint finish with a can is much smoother than the roller.
Not really, even with the roller you wet sand after, and it can be posished to any kind of finish! Even with regular paint jobs, the final quality has to do a lot with sanding/polishing!
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:29 PM   #24
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cans scare me since they start losing pressure and not always spraying at a constant. It would be really tough spraying the roof consider the can will have to be side ways, and they only spray while in the vertical position. Could be wrong.

at the end of the day both methods arent really the right way its just figuring what is best.
Having a torch handy helps a lot! Keeping the spray can warm does wonders!!! Hot water also helps, but flame is so much easyer... (just DONT ever do it!)...
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:43 PM   #25
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I painted my e30 with a roller in the fall, ended up using boat paint. Google that for more cheap paint ideas.

I was originally planning to use spray cans, but when I started experimenting with it, I couldn't get the paint to spray on evenly. I kept getting paint build-up on the nozzle which would often get into the spray and leave "drips" on the surface that was being painted. The outcome was that it looked crappy.

After that experiment, I switched to the boat paint and a roller, results were much more consistent. The final product turned out pretty well, I still need to wet sand it but it isn't that bad in most spots.
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I believe nonlocal was referring to v_bimmer about the tips since he's in the business and would have some strong feedback. Thats who i was referring to.

is there any reason why you chose the spray can over the roller?
lol, I was a little confused as why you guys would ask me for tips because it's my first time...

I am choosing the spray cans over the roller method because I think spraying will be faster and easier. Trust me, I've done enough sanding! The roller method does seem to be really labour intensive. I know you're thinking about the roller method, a definite advantage is less taping and less overspray. I would think this would be a better method for someone without a way of containing overspray (ie-painting on a driveway, parking lot, etc). There is a great article on this on hotrod.com in the tech section, they painted an old car with a roller and brush following the steps of the "$98 paint job" and were quite pleased with the results.
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:20 AM   #27
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I painted my e30 with a roller in the fall, ended up using boat paint. Google that for more cheap paint ideas.

I was originally planning to use spray cans, but when I started experimenting with it, I couldn't get the paint to spray on evenly. I kept getting paint build-up on the nozzle which would often get into the spray and leave "drips" on the surface that was being painted. The outcome was that it looked crappy.

After that experiment, I switched to the boat paint and a roller, results were much more consistent. The final product turned out pretty well, I still need to wet sand it but it isn't that bad in most spots.
I have noticed this build up too, I keep practicing and progressively more visible parts of the car, and it seems to be getting better. I am hoping shaking the cans well and turning them upside down periodically will clear the nozzle and slow this down. I seem to be getting the hang of it, but painting 1foot square spots is going to be a lot different than painting the hood. I'm certain I will get quite a number of imperfections, though...

Did you try to sand out the drips?
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:35 AM   #28
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No I didn't. It kind of defeated the purpose of spraying in the first place if I was going to have to sand afterwards anyways.

The labour was not all that bad in applying the paint. It took me about a day to strip all the parts off the car. Then it took about 5 hours per coat with the roller and another day to reassemble everything.

I am planning to do a couple more coats this summer and wet sand the whole car. Expecting it to turn out pretty well when all is finished.
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No I didn't. It kind of defeated the purpose of spraying in the first place if I was going to have to sand afterwards anyways.

The labour was not all that bad in applying the paint. It took me about a day to strip all the parts off the car. Then it took about 5 hours per coat with the roller and another day to reassemble everything.

I am planning to do a couple more coats this summer and wet sand the whole car. Expecting it to turn out pretty well when all is finished.
When I read about the roller method, most information talked about sanding in between each coat-I guess you haven't found this necessary? By the way, you said it took 5 hours per coat, how many coats did you do?

I was planning to sand and buff regardless of the method, with the hopes of creating a smoother, more mirror like finish.
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I did sand between coats. Used whatever grade of paper the paint manufacturer recommended, might have been 120 grit. Used an orbital palm sander and it didn't take very long. I did two coats of paint.
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