i was thinking bout painting me eski myself, and was just wondering what tools and equipment i need to do it besides the compressor and spray guns etc, plus would i have to bake the paint afta to get a proffesional finish or is their another way to do it?
Depends on the type of paint your using? Are you going to spray 2pak/aryclic or enamel?
Acrylic can get a good finish provided you spend the time doing the prep work on the body.
2pak can be just sat in the sun to harder but can you do without the car for 2-4 weeks just so it can sit in the sun. Which more than likely the sun just won't appear anyway.
I've just completed a respray in acrylic myself. I went acrylic due to ease of repair when necessary. Mines already been scratched by some inconsiderate prick. I have a door mark on my drivers door. I look at it this way. I've done all the prep now. In 2-3 years time if the paints looking sad? I'll go over it. The bonus is 90% of the preps done
 to get the end result with acrylic you need to cut paint back, then use swirl remover and then polish it. So you'd need a buff then which can be hired though.
All baking does is cure the paint at a faster rate. Instead of waiting one to two days for the primer to dry in the oven it will be about 1 hour. For a paint shop time is money so they need the paint to dry faster.
If you have never painted before only use Acrylic due to its easier spraying nature.
2 pack will give you a much better finish specially after 2-3 layers of clear. Whatever way you go do make sure you get the best mask you can afford as your health is at risk from breathing in fumes, quadruple that with 2pack
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baking paint is for production purposes - urethanes(2k) will crosslink fine with good weather over 16'c and will need 8 hours of this heat as apossed to 1/2-1 of baking.
the advantages of 2k is the resistance to fuels/acid rain/UV/Oils/Tar/scratches etc.. and the gloss comes off the gun .
acrylic isn't a highly resistant paint and has a poor gloss of the gun - will require cut'n'polishing to maximize the appearance .
I've done alot of backyard painting in the past and wouldn't recommend it - even though 2k is alot more toxic, acrylic is still very high in solvents which is also very dangerous to your health .
Ask around to hire a booth - the environment is clean and safe .
If you plan to do all the prep work yourself, this will save a lot of money for you. Mind you, prepairing a car to be sprayed is 95% of the work involved and no paint can hide the flaws in the prep work. As for options for the respray, go to an auto paint supplier when you've completed the prep work and ready to buy paint. While you're there ask if they know any spray booths for hire around town and also a spray painter that could spray the car for you. Most of these guys will know people in the buisness and could help you. If they don't, don't buy the paint!!..LOL. I did this many moons ago, and total cost was, $150 for paint, $100 for booth hire and $100 for the spray painter (was the guy behind the counter). Total of $350 for a full respray. Another option for cheap resprays (for free), as long as you supply the paint, is to lend your car to a automotive TAFE college that does panel beating apprenticeships. They do ok as it's part of their assesment and you might get a top job if you're lucky. Only thing is they'll have it for a couple of months. I have done both options waaay back when I was a struggling student and was very happy with the results. Oh, and just for the record, yes, they were both MKII Escorts..
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