Originally Posted by 88bonnsse
i am thinking about painting my car myself in about 3 months.. can anyone tell me if this is a good starter set for me.?
Devilbiss usually makes good guns. The touch-up gun is the one to start with.
Compressors: Get as big a one as you can afford. With a tank. The reason is that you have many other uses for a compressor beyond running a paint gun. HVLP guns require very little pressure to operate. A little one for running an air-brush is a bit too small, but darn near anything you find with a tank is big enough to run the gun. (That'* what HVLP stand for..."High Volume Low Pressure"...came out of the OSHA restrictions on overspray being generated by regular sprayers)
What you will absolutely need is a good regulator with a water trap on it. Second, you will need a good mask. A fresh air system is great, otherwise just a good mask and goggles. (Use a lot of ventilation in where you paint.)
For practice, learn to operate the gun shooting whole milk through it. It has about the consistancy of a good auto paint. Once you've practiced on sheets of cardboard, learning to lay down an even swipe of paint, you'll be ready to practice with actual paint in the gun. I was taught using a sheet of plastic that I got to paint and strip over and over again until I could lay down a thin, even coat of paint on it. They I was ready to paint an actual part.