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    Question advise on spraying

    hi guys and girls


    i want to spray my front grill

    so any 1 got a step by step guide of how they done theres



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    i too am interested in this

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    me also... matt black I think

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    Anyone?

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    I have done a few bits of spraying myself. Not that great though. Have a search thru the site, sure there have been threads in the past about spraying.
    HTH

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    The only advice i can give you is to take your time with the prep. The more time on prep, i.e. sanding,priming,masking etc, the better the end result will be. And short bursts on the gun/rattler prevents runs.Build up the layers gradually,fine grade sanding every few layers to keep it even, don't rush and the results will be v.impressive.

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    1) Paint doesn't stick to smooth surfaces, so you need to "key" it - sand it with a fine grade of wet'n'dry paper, to give it a slightly rough surface.

    2) Clean the surface with paint wipes (from Halfords) or similar.

    3) Wipe with a tack cloth (sticky cloth)

    4) Apply primer. As with all can sprays, apply thin coats; don't be tempted to apply enough in one go to completely hide the colour you're spraying on top of. Leave to dry for half an hour if in warm environment, more if it's cooler.

    5) After each coat of primer, use a fine grade of wetted wet'n'dry to "flat" the surface - necessary because sprayed paint doesn't settle evenly and as you build up more coats, the uneveness will also build up.

    6) Wipe with paint wipes and tack cloth again.

    7) Apply next coat of primer. Repeat above steps until 3 primer coats have been applied, then flatten again and clean.

    8) Apply the colour coat. Leave to dry.

    9) Flatten paint with wetted wet'n'dry.

    10) Wipe with paint wipes and tack cloth again.

    11) Apply next coat of colour.

    12) Repeat above steps - colour coat, flatten with wet'n'dry, wipe with tack cloth etc, apply more colour - until 7 or 8 colour coats have been applied. Stop when you're happy with the colour shade.

    13) After the last coat of colour DON'T use the wet'n'dry paper.

    14) Apply clear lacquer. 3 or 4 coats will be needed, don't flatten the lacquer between coats.

    15) After the last coat of lacquer, let the paint harden for a week or two (this can be on the car, or with the sprayed item removed).

    16) Then "cut" the paint using good quality cutting compund such as Farecla G3 and applied with a power tool, such as a mop attachment fitted to a drill. This will smooth the top surface to compensate for not being able to use the wet'n'dry paper since just before the last colour coat. Polish to shine.

    Job done.

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    Cheers jezzy very useful and shall follow that, so how long will it take to get it to the fully lacquered finish? I'm assuming a few days atleast?

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    What Wet N Dry grade do you reccomend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Innes View Post
    What Wet N Dry grade do you reccomend?
    For flatting the paint coats, 1000 or 1200 should be fine. For initially "keying" the surface that you want to paint, anything from 600 to 1000.

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