Re: Painting my Ford Fairmont EBII 92
Personally my favourite colours are really bright ones, yellow, orange, red. But black suits some cars a lot better than others, plus black is glossy as all hell, like looking into a mirror. Metallic black isn't necessarily shinier, just looks different, for the highest gloss finish just a nice base colour black will be best maybe used with some clear to get some extra shine.
You don't really need much stuff mate, mostly your hands. You'll need rough to fine grade sandpaper and ummm, the correct tools for what your doing, for example panelbeatin hammers, bog and spray putty is needed if your doing repairs. Bottom line is you want to get a smooth and uniform surface before you apply the undercoat, if you can do that your laughing. As for how many coats you need it depends. Some people are happy with just 3 or 4. If I was to do a car, assuming the job was going to be reasonably well I'd put basically as many coats as I could, be it 8 or 9. The reason I would do this is not necessarily because it will look better, at least I don't think, but to give you more room so to speak for doing other stuff without exposing the undercoat. Basically after you've sprayed it you'll do what I call detailing the paint, thats wet sanding it and buffing it to the flattest motherf$cking surface you can get, then it'll be like looking into a mirror. As I said before though, the glossier, the easier it is to see stuffups, I'm talking about even the slighest imperfections in the panel.
Don't buy paint at super cheap auto. Same goes for other stuff to, you may find some stuff at the same price or cheaper than other places but for generally paint stuff's too expensive at super cheap. Jet black goes for about 90 bucks at Super cheap I think. Stuffs too expensive. Autobarn I find is more competitive, they can do ya some pretty good prices. In my opinion, best places to visit are specialised paint shops, and especially automotive paint shops. Auto One stores sometimes specialise in different areas, for example the one in preston also known as rare spares specialises in sometimes hard to find parts from GT's and holdens and so on. The one in glenroy specialises in paint and they do good prices. Just shop around.
She may not be the cleanest of fastest XY on the road, but godamn it she's mine.