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painting my XT
Posted 06 February 2010 - 08:34 PM
decided to only do one panel at a time, so i can still drive it during the week
sanded her down:
first coat done:
After that dried i put on a second coat of paint, and then 2 layers of clear coat.
More progress tomorrow!
Posted 06 February 2010 - 08:41 PM
You should put around 5 to 6 coats of color on, then wet sand it with 600 then 1200 grit. Then buff it out with finishing compound. It will looks better and last longer than the clear coat.
Remember - light coats - but lots of them. Don't glob it on or it will take forever to dry.
Prep the surface with a D/A if you can get one or sand it real good by hand. Make sure the suface is very clean - use laqour thinner to clean up sanding dust, etc before you spray a panel.
There's nothing wrong with a rattle can job - just understand that it's going to last about 2 years give or take - the clear coat will make it look worse when it does start failing and makes it impossible to touch-up, color sand and refinish when it does start looking like poo in a year or two.
And watch out for big bugs - a good sized one will roll up that soft rattle can paint from your headlights to the winsheild if you hit em right
Edited by GeneralDisorder, 06 February 2010 - 08:44 PM.
Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:08 PM
Edited by wagaru, 06 February 2010 - 10:10 PM.
Posted 06 February 2010 - 11:06 PM
Posted 06 February 2010 - 11:27 PM
Posted 07 February 2010 - 01:19 AM
I wanted to use clear coat, because it would prevent fading, but should i not use it?
btw, i'm using krylon paint
And for yellow, i had somthing like this in mind:
Edited by Markus56, 07 February 2010 - 01:32 AM.
Posted 07 February 2010 - 10:43 PM
Posted 08 February 2010 - 10:08 AM
Posted 08 February 2010 - 10:20 AM
i have some before and after pictures of a guy i know that did this to his RX, i posted links to it here and on subaruxt.com. $64 paint job was the title of the thread on subaruxt.com.
i told him not too and it looked good, i was impressed. he was driving the car a couple years, not sure what happened to it after that. he never clear coated it as far as i know.
Posted 08 February 2010 - 07:43 PM
krylon paints are ok, but will oxidize by 2 years, bu is not hard to do seasonal youchups. Krylon will be dissolved by gasoline, though, say, if you spill fuel when filling up.
rustoleum is best or an equivalent brand enamel paint. Takes longer to dry, but will be a tougher paint.
I have used clearcoat on one paint job out of 20 or better. I used it on rustoleum "metallic' blue to seal in all the little flakes. I used the cheapest cleargoat and it held up for several years.
if you are using a rustoleum grade glossy paint, clearcoat isnt really necessary.
if you want a primo paint job for cheap, do your hand at the rustoleum stuff, and then have the car clearcoated with professional grade materials.
if you are handy with spraying, you can get cheaper paint to look as good as better paint, but the paint job will last only as long as the paint you use.
my general rule of thumb is, the more paint smells like candy, the better it is
Posted 08 February 2010 - 09:19 PM
Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:05 AM
Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:06 AM
Sanded and prep'd it decently, took about 20 hours for that.
Then sprayed about 5 coats on it. No clear.
Still looks ok if I wax it... I painted it in '06 before the Alcyone Dragon run and this was it at The Dragon last year.
Posted 09 February 2010 - 11:18 PM
I am going to return the spray paint and get a gallon of enamel
Edited by Markus56, 09 February 2010 - 11:20 PM.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 06:09 AM
Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:26 AM
that is the hottest xt i have ever seen 10 million points!
Thanks! It's really ugly up close... until you open the hood.
Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:32 AM
I love the yellow the the baja's!
Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:56 AM
Posted 20 February 2010 - 12:30 AM
Also, join the XT board:grin:
Posted 21 February 2010 - 10:23 PM
Posted 23 February 2010 - 01:27 AM
welp, i've got a belt sander with some 3 grit paper. That should smooth things up in no time at all
holy crap I laughed at that, is that like hand selected parking lot gravel with a sticky side out duct tape belt?
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