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Unread 04-15-2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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Almost time to paint my project (fiberglass body). Advice on priming?

The Jeep runs, and I've started taking it apart to prime and sand metal hood and grill, new windshield frame on order, and glass tub and fenders mounted.

Its time to prime it all, then take my first pass at painting a car myself. I'm planning to get a spray gun from Harbor Freight, wet the floor, vent the garage, etc... but what type of primer do I need for the fiberglass? Paint recs? Where does one buy automotive paint for a DIY?

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Unread 04-16-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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I used a valspar enamel on mine with an epoxy primer. Get as good a gun as you can afford. The more you spend the better the result. Here is mine in primer & paint

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Unread 04-16-2013, 02:47 AM   #3
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Yeah don't forget the mask and plastic sheeting.

The sheeting is cheap and makes cleanup easy.

The mask is important if you want to breath easy for the rest of your life.

I got all my paint at local pain stores. Just check your phone book for local stores.
I got everything, paint primer thinner, mask, sandpaper. And a lot of tips.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 05:49 AM   #4
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Should be no difference in primers. I used to work in a Corvette specialty shop, no difference
in the primers we used between fiberglass and metal cars. Just remember to wet sand after
you prime. The more work you do to prep (correctly), the better the finished product will come
out. Take your time.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 06:39 AM   #5
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Oreilly and napa sell auto paint. Not all stores, but they can get it. Oreilly carrys nason which is a DuPont. Not sure on napa. Or go to the yellow pages to your local automotive paint supply.

Good gun and good mask are must haves. Watch eBay for guns.

Look at your paint product and get the recommended tip size. Your HF gun has a 1.4 mm tip. Too big for auto paint.

Too much nozzle will shoot too much paint which will make sags, runs, and trouble, and you won't be able to adjust out of that.

And remember if you get a sag, run, orange peel, other paint maladies, it isn't the End of the world. That's when you get to color sand and buff/polish.

Watch YouTube. Read. Learn. It isn't hard, just takes some practice and doing. And good preparation.
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I used epoxy primer on my fiberglass body. Works well on most everything. Went with House of Kolor as I wanted no issues with their topcoats of the color I wanted. Here is my paint thread:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/my-paint-job-893564/
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Hal, stop by and talk to these guys http://braintree.patch.com/listings/...tomobile-paint
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Thanks cj7ole - your thread was one of the few I found and read through on painting a glass body.

The gun I was looking at from Harbor Freight was "2 Piece Professional Automotive HVLP Spray Gun Kit". Small and large gun, with 1.4 tip for paint, 1.0 for primer. What other guns should I be looking at? I will never paint another car besides this Jeep (maybe multiple times).

Thanks JrTjk - Right down the street from me. The challenge will be getting there 8-5 M-F. Maybe I can call them and discuss what I need. Thinking of a white paint job, which should also hide imperfections...
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Epoxy primer is well worth the money. Look for ppg automotive paint supplier.
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Look at Southern polyurethanes (spi). Limited color choices, but white is one that they offer
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Nice color!!!


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And be sure your mask is intended for automotive paints, not just a dust mask, you need a good dual filter 3M style face mask.
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Should be no difference in primers. I used to work in a Corvette specialty shop, no difference
in the primers we used between fiberglass and metal cars. Just remember to wet sand after
you prime. The more work you do to prep (correctly), the better the finished product will come
out. Take your time.
You are local... you don't happen to paint cars on the side still, do you?
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