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Has anyone painted their car themselves? If so how much did it cost, what do you need, and would you recommend it?


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I was just thinking about this. You would need access to a pro setup and obviously need to know what you are doing. I was thinking of taking an auto body class and seeing if they would let me use stuff there. Of course it would probably be the same and getting someone else to do it, but it would be cool to know nonetheless.<img src=/images/forums/snitz/smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>


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The paint is pealing on my bumper and the Dealership will not cover, since a scratch caused it...<img src=/images/forums/snitz/disapprove.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>

I wish I could paint it myself, but I'm not sure how to... I might have to take it in and take the hit!!!


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Painting is not something you want to try on your own if you have never done it before. It takes alot of skill to do it right. 2kLo will be able to tell you alot more then I can.

BTW I will move this to looks to kill. You will get alot better response there.<img src=/images/forums/snitz/thumbup.gif width=25 height=18 border=0>


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I got hit by a dear on the side of the car. Yes the side. And I popped it out myself and filled one dimple and painted it my self with a spray for now. In the summer I will rent the sprayer I have a compressor and then buy th GG paint. Yes the famous Green. Its not bad as I have tried with a 87 Volks Golf. The pain is strokes and not to over laptoo much, or stay in one place too long. Then you get runny paint. <img src=/images/forums/snitz/cool.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>

My tip try it on something large like an old hood or something to get use to it. Its not as easy as it looks.<img src=/images/forums/snitz/cool.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>


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I'm looking to paint the front bumper...

Hit a dog, but the body shop did a pretty bad paint job when they painted the new bumper. Most of the paint is gone except around the edges.

I am assuming there is a different paint for the plastic parts?


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I'm looking to paint the front bumper...

Hit a dog, but the body shop did a pretty bad paint job when they painted the new bumper. Most of the paint is gone except around the edges.

I am assuming there is a different paint for the plastic parts?
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Not really. Paint is paint, but what makes it stick better to specific parts of the car is the way you mix the paint with all your mixing chemicals and with what kind of primer you use.

As far as painting a vehicle goes, if you have never done it before, then I suggest NOT doing it on your own, until you have some practice in. Painting a car is an art, and you only get good by doing lots and lots of practice. But then again...I know painters that have been in the scene for years and years, and still can't paint to save their lives. *lol* <img src=/images/forums/snitz/laugh.gif width=15 height=31 border=0>

I learned how to paint at 13 years old. My sister was friends with a guy that opened a body shop, and his back lot was filled with old junk cars. He told me to come by on the weekends, put a spray gun in my hands, and that's how I learned. It's the only way you can learn really. Either take a class on doing body work, or go to a local shop and see if you can intern there. Most shops would love to have someone there that will help clean up or whatever, and in turn..they will teach you the good stuff. It does take some time to learn proper painting techniques, but it pays off in the long run. I've painted my lowriders all myself, and my Tib is on it's 3rd paint job. (I get bored easily)

Hopper is somehwat right. There's a real art to holding the spray gun, and making sure you're getting the correct pressure through the system. Also, if you're only painting a small part of your car, there's alot to learn as far as getting the paint to blend and match perfectly. I've met sooo many people that thought it was just an easy simple thing to do, but once they got right into doing it, then found out the hard way! <img src=/images/forums/snitz/wink.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>


So my tip is to basically take as many classes as you can, or go intern at a body shop somewhere, and learn what you can. Good luck! <img src=/images/forums/snitz/thumbup.gif width=25 height=18 border=0>


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wouldn't an adhesive spray help for the plastic? that's what I was assuming for my little "project"...

2klo, my painting will be mostly done with an airbrush b/c of the type of damage, amount of area to cover, etc. (13 scratches from someone's key, 3 of which go down to the metal... yes I understand that just painting over those would be moronic.(just in case you all were wondering) and small amount of graphics on sides and top of car.)

Penny for your thoughts?


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