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Old 02-22-2008, 05:57 PM   #1
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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.?

and what kind of compressor would i need? gallons/ psi wise.? thanks


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You can do better with a Husky from Home Depot for about half that price.

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thanks will... and what about the compressor size and power.?
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you'll probably want a decent size tank or it will be running alot. then also you can run other tools and such off of it. theres certain requirements that you need.

things like hp really dont mean that much when looking into a compressor, psi is not as important either since most things run at 90ish psi. its cubic feet per minute (cfm) that you need to consider.

heres a site that can maybe help you choose:
http://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/...nthegarage.php

it says you need 2-4 cfm to run a spray gun. but i would try to buy the best one that you can afford, then you can use it for other stuff. air tools do wonders when working on cars
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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.
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