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Old 08-31-2020, 10:05 PM   #1
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Default Painted My First Car (well, parts of one!)

Been working hard on the wife’s 40 Pickup and after prepping the bed, rear fenders, tailgate, and front cover panels, it was time to shoot some paint. Other than spray bomb, I have never painted a car. My cab was painted about 12 years ago and the paint was still viable from TCPGlobal, 39/40 Ford/Merc Blue Poly with flattener. The flattener used back then is no longer being made so I had to source a replacement - PPG SU4985. But, there was no spec data using the old acrylic enamel paint I was using. But, I had to primer sealer the items first so I got in some practice .....

Somehow I screwed up the mix ratio ending up with a lot of orange peel. I stayed up late getting most all of it sanded out and finished up the next morning. The TCPGlobal paint is an 8:1 mix and the 1 is hardener - no reducer. But the flattener ratio was my next problem. So, I mixed up a little at 50% and it hardly dulled up. Next easiest increase was to put equal amounts of paint t and flattener - 100%. The result was much better than I ever expected ....

The look and feel of the paint, almost an industrial feel suits the theme of the truck and touch ups will be a breeze. This stuff is simple and a no brained for the guy shooting at home. The color did not match what was put in the cab so long ago - but there are spots that need repair so I will reshoot the cab.

Having fun In Da Burg!
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Old 08-31-2020, 10:18 PM   #2
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Got dizzy standing on my head........
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Old 08-31-2020, 10:23 PM   #3
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That looks excellent! I have always liked flatting paste and it's effects. You did a really good job with your mix and I can't wait to see some pics of the finished pickup.
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Old 08-31-2020, 10:43 PM   #5
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looks great. about 30 years ago i bought a quart of flatener stuff from my ppg dealer, and a few years ago they told me there was no such thing!!!, mean time, i hear corn starch is the flatener some use. never tried it
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Some more, and by the way, looking good on the paint job.
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Old 09-01-2020, 10:50 AM   #9
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Good job!

My first paint job was about 40 years ago. The guy at the paint store said that the closest to a perfect paint job was just before the paint runs.
.....It was ALMOST perfect.
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one of my old painter friends always said " if you dont have any runs, you dont have enough paint on it"
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Man that looks great. Maybe you can come down here to Florida and help me paint my '35 pickup.
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Old 09-03-2020, 05:20 PM   #15
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Getting ready to shoot the backside, the doors, and the roof Saturday ....
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Old 09-03-2020, 05:43 PM   #16
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It looks like you got the idea alright. It gets easier each time. (and more expensive).
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one of my old painter friends always said " if you dont have any runs, you dont have enough paint on it"
That is FUNNY right there!

Nice work on your paint job.
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Thank you - there wasn’t anymore more surprised than I at the result!
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Tom - congrats. Any issues with the dust - you did wet down the area ?
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Not a bit - just a couple bugs here and there. I also had a fan running which helped keep the dust down and the hvlp gun really cuts down on the airborne spray as the paint is mostly on the car .....

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