Originally posted by TG CJ7
Im planning on painting my Jeep this December. It was last painted by my dad in '98. We used black enamal, not the basecoat clearcoat. Paint, Reducer, and hardner cost me just under a hundred bucks. I had less than 150 tied up in the whole thing, it looked good. I would suggest you go to the library and get a book on it. If you want to do it yourself and do it right you can.
I've got a related question. The guns dad had seem to be pretty worn out. I've tried to find rebuild Kits for them with no luck (they are over 30 years old). He had a Devilbiss, a Sharpe, and some other gun with no name or numbers on it. I think he used to like the Sharpe the best. My mom just got me a Campells Hausfield Gravity feed gun for my b-day. Im just wondering if this is a good gun or should I go with the Brands my Dad used. Is there even any difference between guns.
Acrylic Enamel is outdated nowadays. I mean it works, but it's much more difficult to repair than a BC/CC system and the shine and color properties are not as good.
Conventional siphon feed guns like the ones your dad has are also very outdated. I wouldn't even bother using them for primers because they are just too wasteful.
The Hausfeld gun you mention, is it the DH series? If so, it will be fine for primers, but I'd suggest getting a high quality HVLP gun for your paint work. HVLP guns are more expensive, but they will save you money on materials because they are MUCH more efficient than non-HVLP guns. Plan on spending at least $200 for a decent gun. Then you also have to make sure that your compressor produces enough CFM and has a large enough tank to supply whatever gun you choose.
It's always a good idea to download, print and study the tech sheets for whatever paint system you use. Also, if you use any products that have a catalyst or hardener, they most likely contain Isocyanates which are VERY harmful. Make sure you invest in a good air-supplied respirator system. Don't mess around with your health just to save a few hundred dollars.
It's all quite expensive, but remember, you're doing something that will last for a long, long time. I routinely spend $1000-$2000 just on materials for one paint job when you add up all the primers, hardeners, catalysts, paint, clear, etc, but the jobs I do are done right, with top notch materials and they last. The paint alone for the last Jeep restoration I did was $115/quart and it took 4.5 quarts.
So basically, just buy the best tools and materials you can afford, study the tech sheets, take your time and enjoy the work. If you have any questions, just let me know.