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Re: very nice! 2 questions...
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Posted by Craig [Email] (more from Craig) on Tue, 28 Apr 2020 16:15:13 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: very nice! 2 questions..., kenS [Profile/Gallery] , Mon, 27 Apr 2020 21:24:18
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Yes, I used base coat/clear coat. The color isn't actually a solid black, it's a metallic black so it required a two stage job. I sprayed 2 coats of base and 3 of clear so I'd have plenty of clear on there to wet sand.

Funnily enough I actually did have a neighbor complain. She's a genuinelly terrible person (as she's been proving repeatedly by completely ignoring lockdown procedures) so I didn't feel too bad. I actually had another neighbor pop his head over the fence to cheer me on, so maybe it balanced out. The paint does produce quite a lot of fumes, especially the clear coat, and you are spraying for about an hour so it is something to consider. The wind makes a big difference, if it's blowing right into a neighbor's house it's going to be much more of an issue than if it's blowing across your property and has time to dissipate. Here our houses are very close together and windows are typically open, however the neighbor behind the fence said he just heard the compressor and couldn't smell it even though he was very close as the wind was blowing lightly in the other direction. When I was researching my project I did see some info about mitigating fumes if you're spraying in a garage. You'll of course be using a extractor fan, and I saw tips about putting a furnace filter over the fan, or running a sprinkler or water mister outside the fan as apparently the paint vapors bond readily to water. I think if you do a little research you'll find a set up that mitigates the smell enough for you to be comfortable painting in your garage. I guess it also depends on your neighbors and your relationship with them. A neighbor who's fixing up an old Chevelle in his garage is probably not going to mind, maybe not so much the neighbor who thinks they'll die if they eat a spec of something GMO. If you have a relationship with your neighbors it might be worth mentioning what you're doing too - if someone smells fumes from you're garage they'll be much more comfortable if they know you were planning to paint a car in there than if they think you have a meth lab about to blow up! Also, if you're just planning to do some spot painting or a couple panels or something like that then I wouldn't worry about that, the level of fumes are vastly smaller than if you're doing a whole car. I say go for it, and good luck!

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