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OK, a little history:

I started off adding some shock tower reinforcements. The engine bay was already painted blue like exterior of the car, and I wanted to keep the engine bay the same color. However, the paint in the engine bay wasn't the same shade as the exterior, nor did it have any metal flake in the paint. So with that being said, I decided to get same shade of Caspian Blue and shoot the engine bay.

Well first off, this is my first time at ever using a spray gun... I broke down and bought a Debliss paint gun kit from Eastwood and started reading everything I could find on the Internet about car painting. I decided to use Acrylic enamel since that's what on the rest of the car with an epoxy primer base. I did use some kind of hardener for enamels on the advice of a paint guy that I know.

My first attempt at shooting epoxy primer turned out really bad with A LOT of wrinkling. As a result, I had to strip all the paint off the engine bay. It felt like I would overcome one hurdle only for something else to prop up... and this went on for what seemed an eternity. Well today, I finally shot the blue. I had to be a little inventive with the cold weather; it was about 45-50 degrees in NC today, so between coats I would close the garage doors, turn the heat up full blast until it warmed the body up a bit, then open the doors again to shoot another coat.

All-in-all, I don't think it turned out that bad considering it's my first time. It definitely looks better than what was on it.

Here are the results:





In this next pic notice the big 5" hole where the battery used to be; that's the start of my cold air intake for the EFI. More on that at a later date.


-Shannon
 

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Looks outstanding! Nice job! I have a cheap (campbell hausfeld) spray gun and a 60 gal compressor and I have been thinking about trying some paint work myself. I have NO experience at all.
What type of filters/driers are you using?
 

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Thanks everyone!

Looks outstanding! Nice job! I have a cheap (campbell hausfeld) spray gun and a 60 gal compressor and I have been thinking about trying some paint work myself. I have NO experience at all.
What type of filters/driers are you using?
Mako,

Sounds like you're better equiped than I am.. my compressor is much smaller, but I didn't go too fast so it did just fine.

Since I don't intend to EVER go into the body work business, I got a cheapy filter/dryer:

DVB QC3 Air Filter and Dryer - Desiccant Air Dryer - Air Compressor Filters - Eastwood
 

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I have to admit I'm not a fan of engine compartments painted body color. But I have to say I like the way your's came out. Looks good. Nice job!
 

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I have to admit I'm not a fan of engine compartments painted body color. But I have to say I like the way your's came out. Looks good. Nice job!
Thanks. Ya know, I never used to be a fan of body colored engine bays either until my last car, a 72 Triumph TR6 had it. Over time I grew to like it.

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I too am a big fan of body color gloss under the hood. Have done my fair share of painting cars and planes and still can have issues like you describe. This was done with a basecoat-clear coat system. Looked so good I decided to do the entire underside of the car.
 

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Looks very nice!....now stop by my place and give mine a layer or two.
 

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Thanks everyone!



Mako,

Sounds like you're better equiped than I am.. my compressor is much smaller, but I didn't go too fast so it did just fine.

Since I don't intend to EVER go into the body work business, I got a cheapy filter/dryer:

DVB QC3 Air Filter and Dryer - Desiccant Air Dryer - Air Compressor Filters - Eastwood
Great job on the engine bay!!

QC3 is actually a fairly decent dryer, it can be had for under $140 at places other than Eastwood. It's the filter I use for painting in my setup. I find I get most of the moisture trapped in the copper pipe before hitting any of the filters. Biggest thing is being able to measure the air pressure at the gun, not at the dryer.



Make yourself one of these, put it at the gun then set the pressure. Remove it then start painting.

 

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Great job on the engine bay!!

QC3 is actually a fairly decent dryer, it can be had for under $140 at places other than Eastwood. It's the filter I use for painting in my setup. I find I get most of the moisture trapped in the copper pipe before hitting any of the filters. Biggest thing is being able to measure the air pressure at the gun, not at the dryer.



Make yourself one of these, put it at the gun then set the pressure. Remove it then start painting.


Good plan - thanks!

Also - $140 sounds like a better deal, maybe I am just too cheap, but my initial reaction to a $190 filter - is whoa...that is a lot.
 

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Painting Tip

Just remember, the last thing to do before you paint is to do a good wipe down with Prepsol or equivalent. I learned the hard way. I had sanded the whole car to bare metal, then primered several coats, sanding between coats. Final coat fish-eyed something terrible. When you sand, it just pushes any waxes down to the bare surface. Good job on the engine compartment!
 

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Just remember, the last thing to do before you paint is to do a good wipe down with Prepsol or equivalent. I learned the hard way. I had sanded the whole car to bare metal, then primered several coats, sanding between coats. Final coat fish-eyed something terrible. When you sand, it just pushes any waxes down to the bare surface. Good job on the engine compartment!
And use a tac cloth as well.

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