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Old 09-07-2004, 22:23   #1 (permalink)
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Thinners and paint...

Gday. I'm about to buy the paint for the XA. I've chosen the new VY Commodore Cosmo Purple. What i need to no is when i go to mix thinners with the paint, how much thinners do i put in? The paint is Acyrlic.

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Old 09-07-2004, 23:00   #2 (permalink)
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The paint ratio for acyrlic is 100 parts paint to 150 parts thinners. But it will depend on what brand of paint you are using.
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Just mix it 1:1 and have a look to make sure the paint isn't too thick. You really should be talking to the place you bought it from. Although I have never seen acrylic which didn't specify 1:1.
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Re: Thinners and paint...

depends on what type of thinners you using as well as paint, also who ever is spraying the car should know the answer to that. or go to where you got the paint from and ask them, make sure the clearcoat is all ready to go on as soon as the base coat dries.
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Re: Thinners and paint...

I've never sprayed acrylic @ 1:1 always 60% thinners and 40% paint. I did that first the first two coats. Rubbed it back removing imperfections then thined the paint even further 70% thinners and 30% paint for the last coats. I've always found it gives a smoother finish which cleans up nicer when buffed.

The clearcoat is 70% thinners to 30% paint right off the mark. Before adding thinners do what "not ford" stated. that is check the paint thickness as some paints are really thin. I found it varied from color to color using the same brands of paint.

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Ok thanks for you help. Also with spray guns what should i look out for when buying one? ie. low pressure, gravety feed
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Re: Thinners and paint...

Your compressor will determine what type of gun you need. Make sure it's got:

a) Air adjustment
b) Fan adjustment
c) Paint adjustment (controls the amount of paint being sprayed)

Most have B & C but not all have A.

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Old 09-09-2004, 00:11   #8 (permalink)
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I'm using one of my brothers mates compressor's who is a carpenter so im pritty sure the compressor is up to the job.
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Re: Thinners and paint...

Acylic loves thinner 100% is general and you can go up too 300% if thats what you like ..
personally I like the lesser side with a slower thinner 100%-150% , but don't let it worry you just find what you like ..
As for guns each have there own CFM ratings so each will need a different amount of air delivery from your compressor ..
Go with a gravity feed much easier to paint with - then it's up too you whether you want a hvlp or a conventional high pressure either way will do a great job considering you have plenty of air -
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The compressor i am using flows 9 CFM.
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