Being hard on the poor guy/Duplicolor....
I have felt bad for the poor guy ever since I posted those thoughts yesterday. In person, you can rub their poor feet, buy 'em a box of squishy stuffed doughnuts custom finished by a one toothed Italian Woman to punch the hole in the center, buy them a $5 buck Late and make sad faces while wrinkling your brow deeply about how they've been wronged and end up taking each other's sisters out for breakfast after everyone's kissed and made-up.
But just over the internet, sometimes you've gotta slap leather and fire where you point that thing.
I'd only painted a few cars on my own in the garage or with a cheapo tent-fan set ep affore I tackled my first El Camino 1986 Conquesta. It's the one I'm usung in the AVATAR. It was a hopeless, worn out basket case, with that 3 tone paint of silver and gray, nothing lined up, the bed was beat and had layers of brick and tile glues and debri's all stuck on, then painted over, tailgate shot, must have had every type of rail system you could bolt to the top of the bed, inside or out. Someone had actually stuffed sawdust in the rear-end and in the transmission to quiet things down.
Then to make matters worse, I had a job with a juvinile delinquent who had been homeless all his life, was ssssssssooooooooo angry about the world, counselor, had the worst possible case of Diabetes that was eating his body in chunks. My local city hired me as a last chance attempt before turning him over to a locked physility for the rest of his life. So one day I took him out in the hills with me to go get some firewoed in my Elky. I drove us out into no-where, had him get out of the Elky, and then as I got out, I started carrying on about all these threats he'd been making to other staff, that each time he did that it costs us 1-3 hours extra of unpaid paperwork. I then mentioned to him that I thought he and I had been getting along just fine until earlier that week when I spent a number of extra hours documenting his bull****, and just what it cost me at home. Then I pulled out hunting rifle and asked him if he thought he could knock it off. Of course he said ''NO"", So I proceeded to blast the hell out of my side of the elky with 22mag ammo. For some reason that shut him up. He knew I loved that car. I was the only staff member that listened to his whinning ass, so he couldn't report it to anyone. He was the best kid after that!
JLCustoms pointed out the best of the top 5 things you'll need to do/know/apply and that''s using:
With solid colors, you can take a small break at the end of a panel to a compressor recover.If you want really straight bodywork , skimming the whole thing with quality filler like evercoat rage or the new Quantim product & blocksanding off what you don't need will make a big difference. Then use a good 2-k primer & block it.
That's an area that fails a lot of beginers on these cars, you'll need to really in the bondo to rid the pannel of those waves. That's where a power board works wonders. Better yet, find someone who runs an expert body shop. Make a deal that you will clean up his shop on a regular basis for just one hour of Inspection and direction for the next week. Then look up on the internet for the most often purchased body working/paint video's out there. DO NOT MIX INGREDIANTS FROM OTHER MANUFACTURERS. DO NOT USE OLD CHEMICALS. Clean them all each day with Prepsol. That '86 El Camino I did turned out fantastic; the Blue was an early 80's Porche that would change color's, depending on the light; from Grey to Purple. The silver had an undercoat color that allowed it it also change color in the light: bright , heavy metallic silver, that would turn a grey silver to a pearl silver. Find a cheap gun and a couple panels from the wrecking yard to pracktice spraying your gun on. I paid someone cash to set my guns up on paint day, and to verify that my practice swings were straight. Shooting some thinner for 30 minutes at a time will help immensely. I just hope I helped more this time. When you're actually ready, get ahold of one of us. I'm sure we can set down the barbie's and hot-wheels for 1/2 an hour and help you out. Give us some feedback on what's made logic and what hassn't so we can grow up! Wish we could be there to supervise.:You_Rock::You_Rock::You_Rock: