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archerthr
05-27-2007, 03:53 AM
Hey,
Some stupid girl backed into my car at school a couple of weeks ago, and left a nasty dent. Anyway, I got 700 bucks from her and decided to paint the entire car. I used a single stage two part paint, omni AU (MTK) Here it is, step by step! (Took all day)

Dent:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint1.jpg

Starting to bondo:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint2.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint3.jpg

Starting to sand (lightly w/ 800)
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint4.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint5.jpg

Bondo coming along:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint6.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint7.jpg

Sanding/ spot repair of front almost complete, starting to mask: (600 grit, to 800 grit)
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint8.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint9.jpg

More spot repair on front:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint10.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint11.jpg

Car complete, and ready to be sprayed!
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint12.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint13.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint14.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint15.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint16.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint17.jpg

Finished!
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint18.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint19.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint20.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/paint21-2.jpg

More pics of the car to come tomorrow, when it is "unmasked."

celicaGT90_05
05-27-2007, 05:04 AM
looks nice man you primer it first? I'll bet it feels nice to have fresh paint!

trumanpriest
05-27-2007, 05:37 AM
So far it looks great, looking forward to follow up pics.

3sgte@daspeedof
05-27-2007, 05:44 AM
what kind of gun & compressor did you use?

Fuelish
05-27-2007, 02:40 PM
More pics of the car to come tomorrow, when it is "unmasked."
Lookin' nice, man - well worth the day spent on it. Definitely more pics, please !!!

grayscale
05-27-2007, 02:44 PM
You've got balls. I've always wanted to do mine but refuse to do it outside for fear of all kinds of little things sticking to the paint. Good work!

extremeskillz
05-27-2007, 02:46 PM
looks good although u should have removed all lights and trim pieces but for the most part good job

presure2
05-27-2007, 04:38 PM
not too shabby man!
what kind of equipment did you use?
paint/gun/compressor?
or did you rattle can it?

archerthr
05-27-2007, 05:43 PM
Hey,
Thanks a lot! A few bugs did meet their ends entombed in the paint, but I was able to compound them out. It's raining now, so I won't be able to get pics today but I will take some tomorrow. I think It came out pretty good, considering what was used. For the gun, I used a central pneumatic professional gravity fed spray gun I got off of harbor freight for 20 bucks. Considering how much it cost it really did lay down the paint well. For the compressor I used a 2hp 12gal craftsman, and set the pressure at 50psi. For paint I used ppg MTK single stage urethane OEM paint. (super red) It is a two part paint which consists of the mixed paint and a hardener. Now that the paint looks good all I need now are some rims and a 4age. :hehe:

TEAMFaint
05-27-2007, 05:59 PM
looks nice man you primer it first? I'll bet it feels nice to have fresh paint!


By the looks of it, he did spot prime where there was bodywork. There is no need to primer the whole car when painting, only where there is bodywork done.




You do have balls doing this, especially when the car is sitting on a dirt road/driveway. May have have turned out professionally, but I guess it gave you quite the experience.

InitialD93
05-27-2007, 07:49 PM
painting outside on gravel FTL.... might be a nice 20 footer though

tw2
05-27-2007, 08:08 PM
How did the edges come out? I would always be afraid of pulling the tape away and ending up with a mess. Did you use any particular sort of tape on the edges? Did you just scuff the original paint up with sandpaper first? What grades did you use? Sorry i lack any knowledge on bodywork and painting.

archerthr
05-27-2007, 09:18 PM
How did the edges come out? I would always be afraid of pulling the tape away and ending up with a mess. Did you use any particular sort of tape on the edges? Did you just scuff the original paint up with sandpaper first? What grades did you use? Sorry i lack any knowledge on bodywork and painting.

Edges came out great, as I pulled the tape off when the paint was still soft. (pulling away from the edge) I used green/blue 3M tape. The car was first completely sanded with six hundred and then with eight hundred. Nicks were hit w/ acryl green putty, then sanded w/ 400, then primed, then sanded with 600, and finally sanded with 800. Good luck if you try to paint!

GT4SOM
05-27-2007, 09:28 PM
Looks sharp. I would love to gain experience in painting. Post up some pics when the rain stops and once you clean it up. I'm intrested in seeing how this turns out.

archerthr
05-27-2007, 10:18 PM
Snapped a few pics today when it stopped raining:

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/finished1.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/finished2.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/finished3.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/finished4.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/finished5.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/finished6.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/archerthr/finished7.jpg

archerthr
05-27-2007, 10:27 PM
Looks sharp. I would love to gain experience in painting. Post up some pics when the rain stops and once you clean it up. I'm intrested in seeing how this turns out.

Thanks! I tried painting it before but it came out horrible because first off I had a bad gun, and second I didn't really concentrate on surface prep. This time around I spent around 10 hours (all of saturday) doing the surface prep, and it really made a difference. The actual act of spraying the car was by far the easiest part, as the paint was very forgiving, (leveled out very nicely) and the gun had a great pattern.

Shadowlife25
05-27-2007, 10:45 PM
Great job man, I think it turned out very nicely. Now just give it a few weeks (so the paint is cured/hardened completely) and then go to town with a wax job. Then that paint will absolutely *POP* with color :D

Once again, nice job.

Cavanagh
05-27-2007, 11:28 PM
Wow, came out well, looks good.

trumanpriest
05-28-2007, 12:12 AM
That turned out great man- looks like a new car.

TEAMFaint
05-28-2007, 12:29 AM
Well I must say it looks much better than the original stock "toyota pink" :hehe:

Mr Celica
05-28-2007, 12:35 AM
looks good! should have done the mirrors, too, though. then it would look top notch. came out suprisingly good for not removing any lights or trim pieces. good masking job, i guess! did you clear it?

Slider
05-28-2007, 03:24 AM
Came out pretty damn good. Don't know if it's the pics but the hood looks a little rough, a lot of small orange peel from what I see. You could probably wet sand it and polish it out to make the hood look better.

PhillyDRFT
05-28-2007, 08:43 AM
Looks great for the circumstances. Is it a bad pic or did your bumper chip already?

I have the same CP Gun you used, I use it for Etch Prime and P50. It's not a bad gun at all for the price tag. As long as you're not spraying a high quality clear or a metallic any do it yourseler can get a pretty quick grasp. I'm surprised you managed to get the entire car with a 12gal 2hp compressor. Which craftsman is it? If you don't mind me asking. Did you have to pause much through the job or did it hold up the entire time?

insomnak8702
05-28-2007, 04:26 PM
nice job on the body work. how much everything cost you?

VikingJZ
05-29-2007, 03:39 AM
Nice!

NAPA quoted me a little shy of $300 for two-stage including everything I needed.

PhillyDRFT
05-29-2007, 04:40 AM
Nice!

NAPA quoted me a little shy of $300 for two-stage including everything I needed.

That's not bad at all. Who makes there paint?

Sherwin Williams is ballpark $350-$400 for everything. For the Gunmetal kotah wanted (keep in mind white, black and silver are the cheapest colors) was around 800$

tippycanoe2
05-29-2007, 05:00 AM
Wow. You did an awesome job. It really looks like a new car. I would not be bold enough to try it myself.

archerthr
05-29-2007, 05:33 PM
Looks great for the circumstances. Is it a bad pic or did your bumper chip already?

I have the same CP Gun you used, I use it for Etch Prime and P50. It's not a bad gun at all for the price tag. As long as you're not spraying a high quality clear or a metallic any do it yourseler can get a pretty quick grasp. I'm surprised you managed to get the entire car with a 12gal 2hp compressor. Which craftsman is it? If you don't mind me asking. Did you have to pause much through the job or did it hold up the entire time?

Thanks, it's a bad pic. I'm not at home right now so I have no idea which craftsman it is (model) but I can tell you it did a very good job. I didn't have to pause at all, and It continued to spray well the entire time. (although it ran a lot)

archerthr
05-29-2007, 05:39 PM
nice job on the body work. how much everything cost you?

Thanks a lot, everything cost me around 120 bucks. Paint was 25 a pint and the hardener was 16 for half a pint. Gun was around 20 off of harbor freight, and the paper/masking tape was like 20. The paint can be ordered online, at a cheaper price. I just didn't want to wait for shipping.


It turned out a lot better than I hoped it would- I'm happy with it! Thanks a lot for your compliments!

90celicaGTX
05-29-2007, 07:16 PM
what did u use to sand?

by hand or machine.

donteatbugs
05-30-2007, 10:32 AM
nice job...im planning on doing something like this for the rolla...prolly a grey and black 2 tone though...not the typical panda.

the hood does seem a little dull compared to the rest of it. did it not flow out as well there?

MoralWarfare
05-30-2007, 11:36 AM
looks hazy on the hood/trunk area. did you wet sand at all afterwards?

archerthr
05-30-2007, 10:20 PM
nice job...im planning on doing something like this for the rolla...prolly a grey and black 2 tone though...not the typical panda.

the hood does seem a little dull compared to the rest of it. did it not flow out as well there?

Thanks, the hood isn't dull, what you are seeing are the reflections of trees/my house in the paint. However, there is orange peel on the hood and fenders and I really have no idea why or what causes it. When the paint is fully cured in a couple of weeks I will probably hit the hood/fenders with a little rubbing compound, which I read will diminish the orange peel somewhat. I really tried to do a very good surface prep, and I even hit the whole thing with "fast wipe" (pricey pre-paint chemical) before I painted it. Does anyone know what causes orange peel?

celicatrd93
05-30-2007, 10:43 PM
looks great you did a great job, considering its in your backyard and you did it, one thing i notice would of been easier is to take off the small items like, mirrors,signals,carbonfiber trim peices,tailights(three screws) and etc... would of made taping easier and you could of got all the hidden places. good job man

celicatrd93
05-30-2007, 10:47 PM
Nice!

NAPA quoted me a little shy of $300 for two-stage including everything I needed.
i bought my paint at the paint store, they quoted me for three stage pearl, including, primer,base white, crystal white frost pearl, clear coat and all the other small things, for $370, luckly the guy was my buddy i got it for 170. :hehe: talk about a good deal, then i stripped the car down myself and prep it ready for paint, saved me alot of money.

Ricksta
05-30-2007, 11:15 PM
wow that looks really good. very ballsy doin that outside!

PhillyDRFT
05-30-2007, 11:54 PM
Thanks, the hood isn't dull, what you are seeing are the reflections of trees/my house in the paint. However, there is orange peel on the hood and fenders and I really have no idea why or what causes it. When the paint is fully cured in a couple of weeks I will probably hit the hood/fenders with a little rubbing compound, which I read will diminish the orange peel somewhat. I really tried to do a very good surface prep, and I even hit the whole thing with "fast wipe" (pricey pre-paint chemical) before I painted it. Does anyone know what causes orange peel?

A few things can cause orange peel. You're very lucky if it's minimal from doing it outside and with the tools you said you had. You honestly did the best job possible with the area and tools you had.

Improper pressure, a cheap gun, bad technique, improper mix ratio of hardener/reducer/thinner, or just using too much paint in an area.