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    $39 harbor frt paint gun, painting outside, getting a Lexus finish

    anyone want to share some tips or tricks, how to do it?

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    Cool, still morning with no bugs

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    You're funny
    Best you can do is pick the right day - dry, no wind, cloud cover. Can you shoot a coat and roll it inside to tack up?
    I've done it a couple times with OK results.

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    Hold your mouth just right and waste a lot of $ in paint over the years. Hasn't worked for me yet but I am still trying.
    Steve Pierce

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    The infamous 50-50 paint job. Looks good from 50 feet at 50 mph.
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    primed my car project with the 50-50, pretty proud, got a lot of sanding to do. thinking, should i tackle the paint,got a shed and lotsa plastic and fans, just thinking im not going to go there, not after all the work. but, thought of waiting till after a rain on a low humidty morning, calm, in the shed with a plastic cover set up with 2x4s and a fan, just hard to give the cash to someone for something i can do, only question is the results? i dont know?

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    When I was 15 I painted a VW Beetle in my Mom’s carport with wool army blankets draped in the carport openings. It looked pretty darn good. My Cubs have been painted in a visquene paint booth with exhaust fan and furnace filters at the intake. Works great. Beware of static with visquene.

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    Somebody gave me a couple HF spray guns - unused. Yours for shipping.

    I am currently using the Croix HVLP, and will never, ever go back to the Binks 18, ever. Not sure it gives a Lexus finish . . .

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    I once painted an AMC Hornet with a paint brush. Wish I had a picture....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    I once painted an AMC Hornet with a paint brush. Wish I had a picture....

    sj
    A couple of airplanes here are painted with a roller....

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    My cub was painted with a brush outside. Painted right over the bugs stuck on the belly. Looks good from about 30ft if you squint just right.

    Now matching the brush stroke pattern when painting over patches is the real trick.
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    I good ole boy painted my ratty J 3 in Houston area along time ago on old asphalt. He washed the plane, scuffed it very lightly with scotchbrite, then squirted it with 2 coats of DuPont Duluxe el cheapo school bus yellow enamel. The next morning I did a quickie tape job then rattle can black for black stripe and N numbers. It was a hundred footer.

    Job change meant I ferried it from Houston to family farm in Wisconsin with a home made ferry tank in the front seat. I would be in jail if I tried all of that stuff today!Click image for larger version. 

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    Much depends on the paint/process you are using. If you have the option, pick a topcoat that can be wet sanded and then polished. That way you can address all the comtamination and blemishes once the paint is cured.
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    If you are going to use the HF spray gun, go on you tube and see what you need to do to make preform.
    I use one for spraying primer only. I had to tear it apart and clean before I used it as I found thread sealer in the cavities.

    My gun is 8 years old, so I do not know the new guns. I also use a HVLP system by FUJI which I have used with modified latex paint, oil paint and lacer top-coats.

    Also, when you plan on spraying, Ground the metal structure to keep static down on the job in question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash, Jr. View Post
    My cub was painted with a brush outside.

    I am lucky enough to have flown with an instructor who started instructing (in Cubs) in the 1930's. He told me many times how when they were delivered new from the factory they appeared to have been painted with a 6 inch brush. He always laughed when he saw restoration jobs with a mirror finish paint job. He didn't speak ill of it to the builders face, but those of us who had heard his stories knew what he was thinking.
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    Every time I pick up a paint gun, I figure I'm taking the perfect opportunity to screw up an otherwise really nice project. Painting is both frustrating and satisfying. It's more frustrating with a cheap paint gun or under less than ideal conditions.

    -Cub Builder

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    I always go for glossy/polished, even in the engine compartment. Then, oil and bugs come off with Pledge or WD-40. I hate washing stuff.

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    A $39 paint gun in the hands of someone who knows how to paint will get a better job than a $1500 gun in the hands of someone that doesn't.
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