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Technical The Painting at home in the driveway or garage thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Blue One, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. Shot 2 coats of epoxy and 2 coats of high build primers in my state of the art spra booth . LOL Loy’s of filling and blocking left . It’s a hot rod driver not a street rod so it will be a 20 footer . Blue
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  2. You know you’ve been living in SoCal too long when your peeved that you might not be able to paint outside two days before Christmas.... don’t worry though, it worked out.[​IMG][​IMG]

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  3. Grabis
    Joined: Jun 3, 2015
    Posts: 124


    Bought a torpedo heater and painted it in the garage over Thanksgiving vacation. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  4. I painted the ElDorodder in my garage last winter. It turned out OK for my very first paint job.

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  5. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
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  6. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,957


    Yes - ''nice'' is an understatement! Deep, too. Superb cut & buff job. So much careful work around all those curves and edges.
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  7. car doctor
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 495

    car doctor

    I've painted all my cars at home in the garage. Working on the Willy's pick-up now. IMG_20171029_094427.jpg IMG_20171029_115505.jpg IMG_20171221_111653.jpg IMG_20171224_162108.jpg IMG_20170930_092338.jpg 1489450792843672748589.jpg 14894509641931588976588.jpg
  8. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,530

    A Boner

    Any do it yourself paint job.....blemishes and all, will put a bigger smile on your face than any farmed out paint job possibly can! Just remember even a lousy paint job takes a lot of time and labor. Along with material costs, all that time is why the pros have to charge what they do.
  9. You can tell from my low post count I am rarely on the main board - I spend so much time in the Social Group for the 52-59 Ford. At any rate, here are several shots of a 1955 Ford Club Sedan I am almost finished with and some more photos of what I had to do to get this thing to where it's at today. The red is called "Hot Rod Pinup Red" from Eastwood and the white is their "Wimbledon White". The clear is from Tamco. If you visit there are hundreds of photos and videos that show the work, the process, and the lo-tech side of things. I encourage you to subscribe for subsequent posts over there as well. The car will be a decent "5-footer". The neighbors are ultra supportive - thankfully. Many of them stop by, ask questions, encourage the work, etc. Overspray/fumes have not been a problem. Sometimes I have had an issue with so many people just walking down the sidewalk to talk, swap stories, or ask curious questions to be supportive that it interrupts the work. But hey, I will take that over the griping and problems some neighbors can dish out.

    As for the shot immediately above, yes, those are the doors lying on body panel stands in the living room/kitchen area - mama is all into this build too lol! I placed them inside to install the weatherstripping seals.
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  10. Micael Lundh 1961
    Joined: Nov 11, 2017
    Posts: 22

    Micael Lundh 1961

    BF91A957-B47B-444C-8F96-0BF5A1AE0355.jpeg 29D16462-CDAC-4E7E-A0C5-AEF340CB6969.jpeg F5D01647-37E1-4B0F-8723-B46E9C18A438.jpeg 64B102EF-0373-4F61-A331-F4570A566B83.jpeg A47CD8E7-846E-4FC2-AF87-1D85EB36DDFF.jpeg I think that we all agree that it works well to paint your car or whatever in your home garage as long its built together with your house. Here are some pictures of one of my own cars i did in my garage, have also done many other vehicles for friends and customers. All it takes is som plastic shields and some buff and shine in the end to get rid of some bugs and other dustparticles. Paint on
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  11. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 40,124


    NICE ^^^^
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  12. DaveH_RRTX
    Joined: Dec 15, 2014
    Posts: 66


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  13. Stock Racer
    Joined: Feb 28, 2010
    Posts: 831

    Stock Racer

    WOW! I didn't see that coming after the first two pictures. Outstanding work! You give me hope.
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  14. Ford52PU
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 493

    from PA

    Nice looking 55!! Thanks for sharing.
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  15. Joe McGlynn
    Joined: Jul 14, 2016
    Posts: 80

    Joe McGlynn

    Fun thread - brings back memories. I haven't painted a car in years...lots of parts but the last full car I painted was a '69 Camaro for my brother that I'd restored the body on. Did it in my 2 car garage in St. Louis when it was 20 degrees outside. I'd fire up the bullet heater, get the shop warm, shut it off and open the door a crack with a fan, shoot a coat, close the door and turn the heat back on. What a nightmare. That was pre-HVLP guns, so there was a substantial paint cloud.

    It came out great, basecoat white with red Z stripes and NCT clear. Very happy to live in CA now where the temperature is more conducive to shop silliness.

    I painted the orange holo-flake on this tank in my driveway with a "flakebuster". First time I did flake, and first time I used a flake gun. Probably the last time I use a flake gun too, what a MESS. Dry flake floating everywhere. I cleared it, wet sanded it to level it than had Real Ralph do the graphics. I re-cleared it after that.


    I'll be painting my custom Studebaker PU someday. I am a ways off still, lots of metalwork on the cab left, I have to fab the bed and I'm currently re-working the rear suspension so I can narrow the rear end -- so the bed I want to build will cover the tires. I wanted it to be candy tangerine (like the wheels) but I don't think I can pull that off myself. I'm leaning toward HOK Shimrin2 with an orange/red perl.

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  16. Joe McGlynn
    Joined: Jul 14, 2016
    Posts: 80

    Joe McGlynn

    I really like the way you built the spray booth and exhaust. Way neater than just painting in an open shop. Lots of light and good exhaust are a huge help.
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  17. Poverty cap
    Joined: Mar 11, 2017
    Posts: 63

    Poverty cap
    from Amery WI.

    I'm new to the H.A.M.B, really like this thread and all the great ideas, I paint in my 2 car garage, some lacquer but mostly B/CC urethane I use Iwata guns thay spray at 17 psi at the air cap when the Sata and Devillbis guns I have spray at 27 psi or so. The Iwata has been a little hard getting used to you have to paint slower than I'm used to, but they really save on material and overspray.

    Another thing I do is use fast reducer and catalyst to help keep the overspray down. I think the most important thing I've learned is to slow down, wait and let things tack up good. One of the hardest things for a man to do is put the gun down walk away and let the paint tack up for the next coat.

    Thanks John
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  18. This is the last major thing I painted in my garage... I know its kind of an OT car but the story is interesting.
    My buddy and I were talking about painting cars.
    He insisted that the type of paint was one of, if not, the most important part of a paint job. Neither he or I are "professional" painters although I have some experience working with my dad in his home body shop growing up, and a stint working as a painter at a boat yard painting 60' charter fishing boats.
    My point to my friend was that surface prep and technique was waaaaaaaaayy more important than using some House of Color, dupont, et. al. paint sprayed in some high end downdraft paint booth. I told him I could get a quality job in my garage using rattle cans, news paper and plastic sheeting... He bet me $500 that I couldn't.
    So, I present you with the $200 paint job. My buddy basically paid me $300 to paint my own car.
    and for the Nay-Sayers. I know the guy I sold this car to and he is still driving it regularly 5 years later and the paint still looks good.
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  19. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
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    That advice is SPOT ON good job winning the bet.
  20. Joe McGlynn
    Joined: Jul 14, 2016
    Posts: 80

    Joe McGlynn

    Totally agree with the point that prep is the biggest influencer. I've painted a lot of stuff with rattle cans, getting a good finish on big areas with them because of the small spray pattern and sub-optimal atomization is hard. The last two things I used rattle cans on I wished I'd bought a quart of automotive paint and used my spray gun because the pattern was so small and the cans would drip from paint buildup on the nozzle. They came out OK -- this was Rustolium hammertone paint.


    I'd say my priorities would be:

    1. Surface prep
    2. Spray gun, ideally a good gravity fed HVLP to get an even pattern and fine atomization with minimal junk in the air
    3. Clean shop so there isn't dust and debris to contaminate stuff. Lots of light.
    4. Paint that is "dust free" pretty quickly. Lacquer or catalyzed urethane

    My first paint job I used a too-slow clear, and a giant flying bug landed in the middle of the trunk. That was such a drag because the rest of the car was really good and I didn't have a good handle on how to repair it at the time.
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  21. Here’s my progress. I wasn’t happy with the clear coat after doing some wet sanding so I layed 3 more semi heavy coats.[​IMG]

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  22. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,124

    from Hawaii

    These photos are from 1996, when my avatar got a better cab, fiberglass front clip, and replaced the 292 and three speed with a 1970 429 and four speed. This is also the first time I ever used a spray gun.
    1. The dd going under the wrench;
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    2. Built a tent in the garage to beadblast and paint the cab,
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    3. Fitting the individual pieces of the fiberglass front clip.
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    4. Used Corvette white on the front clip and cab. Learned the hard way about paint runs.
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    5. Swapping the new cab for the crusty old one. To me the scariest part was removing and reinstalling the windshield. 6. cab swap side shot.jpg

    6. Putting the pieces together without dinging the paint.
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    7. And the first day of a cross country drive from Virginia to California. I didn't have time to paint the bed and rear fenders, in fact shot the gray primer the day before.
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  23. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 4,101

    Deuced Up!

  24. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 4,101

    Deuced Up!

  25. rovertenrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2008
    Posts: 80


    Struggling for room but managing in my 2 (uk) car garage

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  26. The roof on the car never really looked good to me. When I originally sprayed the final clear coat, in the driveway, with no booth, open-air, the bugs all met together and did a square dance on the surface. I had quite a few problems. Since it was only the roof, I decided to hit with 1,000, mask, clean, and re-spray INSIDE the garage with the door slightly cracked for ventilation from two box fans. I know the first video is long but for guys like us... we get it! :cool:
    Process... After...

    Videos to tie it all in together...

    Finally I am pretty happy with the results.
    You can follow the build over at and there is a place to subscribe for all future posts to be sent to your e-mail.
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  27. I just painted my 37 Plymouth last weekend. It was the first car I’ve ever painted I will be wet sanding and buffing soon. I used PPG essential I think it came out really nice. My build thread is below if you would like to see the rest of the story. Hobo Jim
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  28. trad27
    Joined: Apr 22, 2009
    Posts: 1,136


    I painted my beater ‘32 in my front yard with a paint brush, if that’s not traditional I don’t know what is. Still need to wet sand and buff it out.

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  29. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,354

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Just painted my '40
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