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Technical Painting upside down anyone?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by 55Thunderboy, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. 55Thunderboy
    Joined: Mar 27, 2009
    Posts: 358

    from NYC

    im sure im not the only one who has struggled with this by not having a lift or autotwirler to spin the car on, any techniques or DIY to spray paint upside down with a rattle can or spray gun?

    working on trying to Raptor the bottom of two of my cars and so far it has become the biggest and messiest job i ever tried, as i tip the gun the stuff pours out from the vent hole all over my hands and face and this stuff doesnt come off easily. i stopped the job for now until i figure out what to make of this. I dont want to brush it on i want to just shoot it without the torture
  2. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,304


    You have to at least raise the car on jack stands as spray cans and guns won't work upside down. Gravity is hard to beat.

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  3. Fitty Toomuch
    Joined: Jun 29, 2010
    Posts: 254

    Fitty Toomuch
    from WVa

    Faceshield and let er rip
  4. there are plastic zipper bags that can be used with gravity feed guns. they use a plastic hollow point that gets inserted into the bottom of the bag and gets pressed, through the bag, into the hole at the bottom of the cup. you then zip the bag, hold the gun upside down [air hose disconnected] and pull the trigger to get all the air out of the bag. when you see a steady flow of paint it is ready. i always tape the lid shut just in case but you can spray in any direction.

  5. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,076


    This is my technique.
    Get the car up in the air as high as you can. Laying on my back (On a creeper if possible)I spray the areas that are as far away from my body as possible. Kind of looks like I'm raising my arm straight up over my head. Then I slide myself out from under the car continuing to spray. Face shield and a do-rag are required.
  6. dogwalkin
    Joined: Jan 17, 2013
    Posts: 91

    from tn

    Not the solution you are probably looking for but.... Pressure fed spray guns exist. The 2 quart variety are quite popular.

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  7. You can shoot it at an angle-it's tricky but do-able- or use a roller -which is likely the easiest and less mess . If it is a textured finish anyway- it will be fine. Doesn't sound like you are going to display this car with mirrors showing the underbelly or propped up on a turn table- so chances are from the angle most will view it from - it will look just fine.

    Drive Em
  8. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,774

    from washington

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  9. The 3M PPS system allows you to spray at any angle including updside down
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  10. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,608

    Rusty O'Toole

  11. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 10,007

    jimmy six

    Ahh, the paint pot
  12. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,444

    blue 49
    from Iowa

  13. Bingo

    This isn't a bad unit at all, just grabbed one late last week and it's sprayed a lot better than decent. Take it apart and clean it thoroughly before you use it.

    It won't stuff that you need a schutz gun for. Try a 90 on the end
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2017
  14. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,153


    How do they do it in Australia?
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  15. Torana68
    Joined: Jan 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,280

    from Australia

    with very attractive women.
  16. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,510


    put the car on a rotisserie, maybe the plywood wheel type
  17. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,772

    41 C28

    painting vertical f10.jpg
  18. Canuck
    Joined: Jan 4, 2002
    Posts: 1,086


    Spraying Raptor on underside of my coupe.

    Was able to move it outside and spray. Did the underside of the fenders outside as well. Was surprised at the lack of overspray from the supplied gun, don't know about the overhead use though.

    Good luck

  19. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    We Raptored the underside of a 45' drop trailer a few months ago, it sucked. Jack one side up as high as you can, spray as much as possible. Raise the other side and repeat. You could also try raising the front and rear of the car.
  20. 55Thunderboy
    Joined: Mar 27, 2009
    Posts: 358

    from NYC

    i just bought the paint pot posted in this thread, thanks so much for showing this to me, i think this makes a great solution to this problem. For guys who used these paint pots how much of a PITA is it to properly clean the hoses and all? is it just a mater of running some thinner through it or it will require much more than that to maintain for future use?
  21. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,284


    Not sure Raptor would go thru a regular paint gun, even a pressure feed. They use what we use to call a Schultz gun.
    I've done it before just like Torchy described, doable but still messy. Rotisserie is nice but not everything I do the underside gets put on it. Get it as high as you can, invest in some tall jack stands if you have to.
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  22. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,111


    it is a full car, or just the body?
    I got some semi inner tubes, blew them up, and rolled the body on it's side for my Model A.
    I've also seen guys use an engine crane, or fork lift, and get the car at more of a 45 degree angle front to back. That way you're not laying under it.
  23. For you "No Compressor" guys.....
    I was just noticing earlier today that Rust-oleum has some spray cans that can paint at any angle, 360 degrees, upside down and backwards. The colors are limited, mostly metallic specialty finishes. The cans have a wonky, slanted top so you'll know them when you see them. I think they're labeled "Universal".
    Spraying the whole underside of a vehicle is probably not a good match for this product and would use a bunch of costly spray cans. But for smaller projects that have a lot of odd angles it might work well. I plan to try it the next time I have a piece that I can hang from a hook and hit under and over all the nooks and crooks in one stage.

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