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 Post subject: advice on painting fibreglass panels wanted
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:43 pm 
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hey guys, i want to have a crack at painting my new bonnet, and the new bumper when i get that myself, rather than paying someone to do it
I plan to use all the same brand paints, as to eliminate the chance of the primer and paint not bonding properly
all i want to know is
1. What is a good size air compressor
2. What size gun tip should i use for this
3. Just some basic pointers about the whole process, prep, paint and clear coating.
4. Anything else i may have forgotten.

The bonnet is a fibreglass bonnet in gel coat
the bumper i believe is plain fibreglass

 

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 Post subject: Re: advice on painting fibreglass panels wanted
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:56 pm 
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i think if you need to buy a compressor, a spray gun, sandpaper, masking tape, rubbing blocks, etch primer, high fill primer, base coat paint, clear, hardener, reducer and then a buff and polish
it would cost you about twice as much as having it professionally done.
the glass panels may not fit exactly and are rarely straight, so they usually take a few hours to get right by a pro
you may be in for a few headaches if you want to DIY
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 Post subject: Re: advice on painting fibreglass panels wanted
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:59 pm 
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i know the bonnet is right, as its fitted already, we have a gun/hoses/fittings and such, i just want to make sure its right before continuing
the only thing we need is an air compressor as ours fell over in a ute and smashed the motor, but its going to need replacing soon anyway so its not a one off use

 

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 Post subject: Re: advice on painting fibreglass panels wanted
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:05 pm 
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id be looking at a 17cfm compressor minimum and a decent water trap too
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 Post subject: Re: advice on painting fibreglass panels wanted
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:19 pm 
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ok thanks heaps mate

 

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 Post subject: Re: advice on painting fibreglass panels wanted
Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:31 am 
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hey mate, lots of useful info in this thread - ford-bodykits-f15/orange-peel-resprayed-my-car-with-pics-t99040.html

This guy had never sprayed before either and well you can see how good it turned out with the pics he put up

 

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 Post subject: Re: advice on painting fibreglass panels wanted
Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:09 am 
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We did most of our painting with a true 12cfm compressor, but bigger is always better

If your painting fibreglass you'll need to add flex-aid to your paint

 

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 Post subject: Re: advice on painting fibreglass panels wanted
Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:08 pm 
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madmax wrote:
If your painting fibreglass you'll need to add flex-aid to your paint

i never have, and most of my fibreglass work has been on competition cars
the paint still has a little flex, the glass is more likely to crack before the paint does

 

 

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