I'm not a painter by trade.. but I painted a few cars. I am currently painting a X3 Accent/Excel. I am working on 6 to 8 litres of colour.
This usually gives me 2 to 3 "coats" of paint. By "coat" I mean that I usually do about 2 to 3 passes over each panel.
I lightly sand between each coat with 1000 grit wet and dry, with a day or two between the sanding of the coats.... and after the final coat of colour is done, I leave it for about a week, then sand with 1500 wet and dry... then I start the clear coats... and I like about 3 to 4 coats of clear with sanding in between.... I find this method gives a really good gloss.
There may indeed be easier ways to paint. Tricks of the Trade so to speak that may cut down on the work. I have never prayed 2 Pack... as I have always been restricted to Acrylic paint due to using the 'back yard' to paint.
So I guess my paint list is (not including primer)
5 to 8 litres of colour (but you may get away with 5 or 6 depending on number of coats)
8 Litres of clear
40 litres or so of premium thinners
10 litres of general thinners to clean out the gun each time and generally cleaning.
I hope this helps a little, at least from the perspective of a back yard painter.
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