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My quarantine project - painted a car at home
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Posted by Craig [Email] (more from Craig) on Mon, 27 Apr 2020 16:37:01
It wasn't my Saab unfortunately, my old '87 9000 Turbo is still looking very sad and will require a lot more work to look nice again, but hopefully one day.
This is a Jaguar X-Type, it's a pretty rare 5-speed manual, 3l, Sport model, so an interesting car, but not really worth anything, so I thought it was a good choice to try a home paint job on - I had no idea how it would turn out! Full before and after pics are linked below.
Paint costs were about $500 and I used a very, very basic paint set up, just my cheap 20 gallon compressor, an Eastwood paint gun that has very low air requirements, and for moisture control a very bodgy 20ft length of copper tubing in a bucket of cold water with a cheap moisture trap at the end, and as you can see I did it in a dusty car port.
After spraying, the paint initially had a lot of orange peel and some dry spots and dust as expected. But wet sanding and buffing brought it to a pretty high level. In some ways it looks better than most new car paint jobs due to no orange peel, but in retrospect I should have check for faults with a guide coat as I missed a few and the hood should really have been fully stripped and re-done as it has some issues. I also should have done a multi stage buffing and started with a more aggressive pad and compound as you can still see some sanding marks in certain lighting and from certain angles (black paint really shows everything). But for a first effort, especially given the conditions and equipment, I'm really please. You really can do a decent paint job at home on a budget, the key is really putting the time in afterward to wet sand and buff, which is admittedly a huge undertaking and took probably 25 hours of work or so.
Hope everyone else is doing ok and have been able to get some car projects in during this time.
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