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Old 06-30-2019, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Paint work help

Recently out of any control of my own my dually got hit by an electronically closing security gate that chipped my fender. The bondo job went fine and no major damage. Now on to paint and clear coat. Used rattle cans from dupli-color and waited 9 days before wet sanding. I started just as everything i’d read with my orbital sander and it rolled the paint back to the bare metal. Feeling pretty frustrated about it all. I’m pretty proficient with hand painting but feeling like a failure with spray. Any help would be great.

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Old 06-30-2019, 11:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's never as easy as the videos look. I wanted to replace a rusted fender and repaint my door, and I started with Duplicolor spray cans, tried doing the fender twice (the whole fender, not doing just a spot), and I was maybe 15 cans into primer, paint and clear, (did it twice IIRC, sanding it down, painting, then sanding it back down and painting it again) and gave up on getting a nice even finish.

Switched to a HVLP gun, bought a bunch of cans of paint, and then repainted the fender 4 or 5 times, and the door 3 times or so before I got what I thought was a good job (in that you are either in the painting industry, or you are specifically looking closely at the paint looking for problems).

This is my thread on doing it:

It was still expensive, between equipment and supplies, it was somewhere in the $1K+ cdn range (and I already had a good 60 gal air compressor/tank), and I probably could have hired it out for about that money, but I wanted to learn how to do it.

I would suggest either:

1) Hire it out
2) Get a fender/bumper/whatever from a junkyard, similar in shape to what you want to paint, sand down and paint that fender (a similar sized spot), and repeat until you get that test fender looking ok, then do your real part.

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