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Project Moggie - Painting

kusumsiri

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Painting was a most challenging field for me. Because never attempt to do a vehicle paint job earlier other than painting walls in the house :D. But I have watched (not seen) many times how a painter working from applying filler to last coat. There is a neighbor who do paint jobs and that was a big strength for me as it is possible to clarify somethings from him. So finally decided to learn the art of painting by Moggie. Gathered the basic knowledge from reading some articles and found following video very informative. Also these two technical books.

  1. How To Paint A Car At Home In 4 Easy Steps (video) 
  2. Causeway Automotive Paints (pdf)
  3. Debeer Paints (pdf)

Next challenge was a paint gun and a air compressor. Bought a F75 paint spray gun and some flexible hose after expending around Rs 2500. But a air compressor is bit expensive. So again started to find alternatives. Firstly bough a 'paint zoom paint sprayer'. Though it could use with my spray gun with modified hose, the air pressure was not enough to spray well. So found an old deep freezer compressor and a empty AC gas tank. Used them with a foot air pump pressure gauge and some clips to make my air compressor. What could not find was a safety pressure release valve. So had to keep eye on the gauge frequently. When I get familiar with spray gun, watching pressure gauge was not essential as it can feel pressure via spray flame.

my air compressor

Tried to remove existing paint in most body panels as the first job.

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Because the floorboard was completely new it made my task easy.

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This is definitely pro level DIY my friend, hats off to you for the homemade air compressor. I've used the same setup for a vacuum pump.

Can't wait to see the end result. Good luck with the paintwork. 🙂

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The air compressor could be a separate DIY project on it's own! Well done!

Do you think it will hold consistent pressure as you are painting? Or do you think you will have to take it in batches? I'm sure it will be able to handle all the prep work like primer and maybe even the initial base/guide coat. 

 

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4 hours ago, Davy said:

The air compressor could be a separate DIY project on it's own! Well done!

Do you think it will hold consistent pressure as you are painting? Or do you think you will have to take it in batches? I'm sure it will be able to handle all the prep work like primer and maybe even the initial base/guide coat. 

 

It need to wait around 3-4 minutes till the tank fill. When its reach 50-60 psi I am starting the spray work. In the beginning the pressure it bit high. So controlling it by sprayer adjustment. When pressure reducing need to adjust it gradually. In short it does not hold constant pressure. But can manage when you are familiar with it.

With fully filled air tank, It can spray complete panel once. I could apply last coat also using it. But panel by panel. The hood was the biggest panel which I couldn't handle with it. So hired a compressor when painting the hood.

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You are so brave to attempt a whole paint job by yourself! And that too with a home made compressor! I'm lost for words😳

Please elaborate on your compressor contraption. If it's good enough for spray painting a car, that's definitely good enough to get some compressed air for cleaning stuff. 

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3 hours ago, varotone said:

You are so brave to attempt a whole paint job by yourself! And that too with a home made compressor! I'm lost for words😳

Please elaborate on your compressor contraption. If it's good enough for spray painting a car, that's definitely good enough to get some compressed air for cleaning stuff. 

I did not try it. So may be possible. But need to fill the tank before use.

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Body filling was the next step. Unfortunately I have only few pictures of this step. Anyhow followed the above video instructions throughout the filling process. Additionally applied putty on top of filled areas and small scratches.

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After all preparation applied the primer coat.

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Below images are after sanding the primer coat.

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After sanding the primer, applied the filler coat. Gray color filler applied on the body shell. Later thought to use white color filler as the top coat will be white.

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Simply wow... i'm sure moggie will look better than a CBG- number Axio or something

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