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Old 06-17-04, 12:20AM   #1
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I am replacing my hood, fenders, trunk lid and RH door on my 79 Trans Am. I am planning on painting these parts off the car and painting both the door jambs and the area inside the trunk that was panted from the factory. I am also planning on painting all the wheel flares and spoilers off the car. I also plan on wet sanding it.
how much base and clear do I need to cover it all.
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Old 06-17-04, 01:38AM   #2
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Hi Rob..
Happy painting.
A lot depends on the brand of paint, and type of spray equipment you're using.

PPG's Omni line of base colors, typically takes 1 and a half times more color then their DBU line.
Plus if you're using a "syphon" style spray gun... you will need to factor another 10-15% for atomized color that goes into the atmosphere(aka overspray )

Normally for me to paint a complete car.. including partial jambs.
I'll use 2 qts. base, and 3-4 quarts clear.
You really should have at least 3 mils of clear after cutting and buffing
I'll normally end up with a pint or two of un-reduced base, and as much as a quart un uncatalyzed clear left over.

But that's with my SATA Jet 95 gravity feed gun.

A syphon spray gun would need more material.

A safe bet would be a quart of base, and appropriate reducer.

2 qts. clear, plus catalyst, and reducer.
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thanks marty I have a devilbis finishline I HLVP.

I forgot to mention I am going to be painting the whole car also just painting some parts off the car so I get all the visible but hard to reach areas covered.

you mentioned that it takes you 2 quarts base to do a car. and a safe bet would be for me to get 1 quart, did you mean a gallon? I just want to make sure I get enough paint mixed up to cover everything. I would rather have a little left over than not enough.

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sometimes buying a gallon of base will be cheaper then 3 qts.
when I say 2 qts. I'm talking an assembled car for the most part.
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