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Technical How do short guys paint roofs?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Texas57, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. More specifically, how do guys with short arms paint metalics on roofs? It's not a height issue, as I have made two 20" tall x 6' platforms. My problem is my arms are not long enough to hold the spraygun in the proper perpendicular position to get a good even spray pattern at the center of the roof. I can get it close enough with the primers and clearcoats, but the base coat metalic is giving me fits!
    I can't be the only one who has this problem. Yeah, I know, I should let the pros do it, but I've always been proud of the fact I've been able to say I built the car 100% myself.
    We had a thread going a few months ago on tools WE WISHED were available. lol, I need a paint gun extension!
    frustrated DIY'r gettin' ready for another try.
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  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,851


    You need more serious scaffolding, so you only have to reach down to paint the roof. Or a taller vehicle, that no one can see the roof (I did that trick on my Suburban).
  3. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,769

    from oregon

  4. I have a painter friend with long arms.

  5. LOL, yep......some type of a higher rig I could at least lean against, but kept thinking of anything being touched or moved above the car was asking for debris/dust/Texas silt being dropped into the new paint.
    Not sure If I want another project in designing and building an aluminum lightweight extension that the gun could be bolted to, that added a foot or so to the reach, and of course had a trigger mechanism to actuate the gun's trigger. Sometimes I think too much. I should have mentioned also, I'm 71, so being a gymnast balancing one one foot while I'm walking the platforms and strugling with hoses isn't in the cards anymore, lol
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  6. Rent an arm stretcher
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  7. Cosmo50
    Joined: Sep 8, 2011
    Posts: 214

    from California

    Suspension system to hang you over the car
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  8. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,511


    I don't see this ending well.:p
  9. Relic Stew
    Joined: Apr 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,127

    Relic Stew
    from Wisconsin

    Roll it on to it's side.

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  10. fuzzface
    Joined: Dec 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,307


    Short painters just claim they did a fade away roof paint job on purpose and charge extra for it. :)
  11. fuzzface
    Joined: Dec 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,307


    Otherwise like relic mentioned above I just tip it sideways on my rotisserie.
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  12. henry29
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,835


    Let the air out of the tires
  13. Sorry sir,
    Being only 5ft 9in on a good day, I can share plenty of tips to get higher to paint, but I don't think there are too many to overcome "alligator arms"
    God Bless
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  14. Call your 6'3" son to come help with his "monkey arms"...his description.
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  15. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,174


    Self explanatory and innovation will prevail.
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  16. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,673


    He needs to drape that hose over the back of his neck. It keeps the hose away from the car. Otherwise he did a really nice job on your roof.
  17. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,769

    from oregon

    About the most logical suggestion so far.
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  18. Easy, chop the top!:cool::p
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  19. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,867

    Bandit Billy

    They drive roadsters?
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  20. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,865

    from DFW USA

    I've watched him my entire life. He can paint an entire booth of parts hung from the ceiling, set up on sawhorses, on barrels, etc and navigate the entire thing with an uncanny sense of where the hose, his gun, his head, and shoulders are at to keep from touching anything.

    Not to say he doesn't make mistakes, but all the best painters know how to fix them without anyone knowing. ;)
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  21. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,972


    I saw guys painting a roof on a 12 passenger van, painter on a ladder while two guys pushed the van past the painter.
  22. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,769

    from oregon

    Smacks of a "Chinese firedrill" but that's a great idea!
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  23. I painted a school bus once, I just walked around on the roof to paint. Nobody would ever see it.
    Ruined my good sneakers though....
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  24. 1-SHOT
    Joined: Sep 23, 2014
    Posts: 1,910


    We had a painter named Shorty just barely over 5ft. Tall , he kept 5gal. Thinner cans and lined them up next to the car when he painted a roof, sometimes he would come over to the body shop and get me to paint the roofs for him.
    We later figured it out to paint new roofs off the vans and then put them on and since you welded in the drip rail area we just filled it with seam sealer and we were done. We also painted the inside of van 1/4 panels before we put them on this saved us from unloading so they could paint the inside.
    Where there is a will there is a way.
  25. 59Tele
    Joined: Feb 5, 2016
    Posts: 129


  26. 59Tele
    Joined: Feb 5, 2016
    Posts: 129


    I used to stand on a milk crate and my brother would grab me by my belt while I leaned over the roof. Trust-building exercise.
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  27. Vanness
    Joined: Aug 5, 2017
    Posts: 410


    I usually get “higher” by not using my mask on the first coat....but on a lighter note, air out of tires and I also used spare wheels on rims. Easy to move and stable. Nobody sees the roof anyways :). Unless it is a low profile car like a gt-40. (Then that’s all you see, and you wouldn’t have that painting problem...)
  28. That's cheating but boy does it make it nice
  29. Get a big bungie cord tied around your waist and to the wall behind ya.

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