Rust-Oleum First painting session
Painting?. Tips & Tricks Second Session
The pictures of the truck paint, outside and inside and under carrage, are a result of Rust-Oleum oil based paint purchased from the standard hardware store. The colors in use on this truck are: Body red "Sunrise Red", Under body yellow "Sun Burst Yellow", "Gloss Black", and "Flat Black".
That includes the front and back bumpers, All of the inside, All of the outside. I used the standard auto body type air spray gun, purchased from HD, (44.00) with a craftsman dual cylinder compressor. The underbody I used a brush.
The paint, was thinned very little, in the quart container it comes in. About a 1/4 inch of thinner was added, using the container for mixing and poring into the spray cup. The spray was applied to the same path from right to left, then spraying a little further down the target. I let the paint dry for 24 hours in between coats. There are three (3) coats outside and 2 coats inside. Undercarrage, was painted with a brush, and was also thinned, except for the yellow. I first cleaned every part of the undercarrage with paint thinner. removing the 25 years of oil, grease, and road dirt. Thinning the paint (black) I found the paint brushes on better, and dryes better to the under side steel.
The body and the inside painting was done between a 4 day period, (First painting) with temperatures in the bid to upper 70's and 80's INSIDE the garage. The temps help to "Bake" the paint and help to ensure a real good dry, and to have the paint set up quicker. This helps to stop running. A standard box fan was used at the oppisit end of the garage, in the window with cardboard "shrouding" the open part of the window to help the air pass through the fan.
All around the walls of the garage was bed sheets hung. This helps to trap the overspray so it's not floating around. Tarps on the wall isen't a good idea, as the paint would probally run down the tarp disturbing dust and if the drops are large causing puddles. There was also sheets on the floor. I had to use sheets on the floor, as this was a neighbors garage and I coulden't use water on the floor as she still had her stuff in the garage. Everything was covered.
I used a 3 foot step ladder, painting the sides of the roof first. Then, standing on the bed painting the roof front to back. Then the bed, tail gate. Then, under the hood, closing the hood, gently resting on the hood clasp, but not letting the clasp go into the hood lock. Then, painting the front cow, the hood, and the fenders. Then doors, and half of the bed, then the other half including the rest of the cab (between the door and the bed).
This is what the fan will look like after your done. Purchase a new fan, or clean a good old one before starting this project. Remember, you must remove everything that don't get painted, Mask everything that don't get painted and can't be removed. News paper works good for masking, and double sheets of paper work best. Take care in masking, as if it's not a good mask, you will be working much harder to remove the un wanted paint that you just sprayed.
Note: before each coat, use a air gun and go over the vehicle. Using a damp lint free rag, such as a white tee shirt will work also. Remember to wait until completely dry. Airing off the surface of the truck facing the direction of the fan will be good too. Do sections, and inspect the sections for dust, bugs, and any un-wanted particles on the spray area. It may be nesessary to use a damp lint free rag to go over the surface and remove any dust. If, you get a run, wet sand the area the next day I used 400 grit. Remember to clean and dry before spraying. Can NEVER be too clean.
Rear of the fan.
front of the fan.
After all your coats are painted, let sit for at least 2 weeks. Do not put everything back on yet, and don't drive it. You can remove the masking, and remove the masking tape espically with care, slow, and pull the tape close together. The will help stop any surface that has been painted previously from comming off because of the masking.
After the paint has set, now it's time to sand... You will be sanding a LOT!.. No hurry, Start with 1500 wet. Sand as the wind would be. No circular sanding, keeping with the way the air would flow across the vehicle. Keep the water going as you sand. There can never be too much water. Remember to dry peridoclly so you can see where you missed sanding. No shiney areas. You will also need a block. Don't use your fingers holding the sand paper as this will show in the paint, your finger marks. Be CAREFUL of all the ridges as these areas tend to sand more off than the flat areas. The whole vehicle with 1500 first.
Next, use 2000 grit, Same wet, using water, and same as above watch the ridges.... At this point you can stop and apply wax... OR, you can continue with 3000 grit, and that will even make the finish more mirrow.. I diden't go that far, but the next time I paint it, I will since the 2000 came out so well... I could remove the wax and continue with 3000. Maybe... But maybe I'll re-do with more coats...
The wax is a big factor... I used Liquid Glass.. In my opinion this is the best wax to use. It's worth the money for the can and it goes a long way... There are two wax coats, and the second made the finish a bit better than the first.
As always, there are factors involved with doing this without a proper spray booth... But, remember, the cleanest the painting surface, results in the better finish... Don't rush!... Think before painting, and remember to have large peices of cardboard standing, so you can test your sway, and painting method before you actually paint the vehicle...
Sanding removes the "Orange Peiling". That is caused by over spray, and you want to get the paint as smooth as possible. Maybe next time I will wet sand after every two coats, when I have my own garage, so I'm not rushed.
So, now your on your own.... My results were good... Hopefully, your's will be too... You are responsible for your own actions. I can not be held responsible if your paint job turned out bad. This is how I did it. You may need to modify your method.