Paint A Car In Sections or The Whole Car At One-Shot: Auto Body Q&A 🤔

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Tony B. Richie is back! Today’s session is entitled, “Paint A Car In Sections or The Whole Car At One-Shot”.

I’m not going to lie to you guys. It’s a lazy day and I just woke up! LOL! 🙃 But of course, I won’t miss this session! Let’s go ahead with your questions! 

Question: Can I paint panels off of the car like hood fenders and then paint the rest of the car on a different day? Will everything match OK or should I just paint the whole car?

If you are doing custom colors with candy, flakes and pearls, I’ll have the entire car put together and paint it at one shot so they will match, because you can blend it if you’re going across panels.

On the other hand, you can paint the car in pieces if you’re doing stock colors, metallic or solid colors. You just need to mix it very well, especially with metallic paint. It’s the same thing with base coat so you really need to mix it well before you use it to avoid any problems. 

Question: What’s the proper way to set up a water filter at your air compressor? I am going to be painting outside and I don’t have a garage.

You’ll need to have a water filter coming off of your air compressor. Anywhere between 10-15 feet off that line. Have that line go somewhere on your wall with a water separator. 

You just need a simple airline/water separator. Check out some samples I show you on the video! ☝️

I’ll be buying all these as well when I set up the Paradice Garage. It’s going to be a simple set up that works! 🤩

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Question: What is a good starting pressure for a low volume low-pressure Atom Spray Gun?

You can spray as low as 20 lbs and 22 psi but it won’t atomize as it should. However, a good pressure spraying base coat is around 25-27 psi trigger pulled. For clear coat, you’ll need to increase it to 1-2 psi because you’ll want to atomize it very fine to layout nicely. 

Question: Why does the paint lift up and makes a crack or bubbles? What prevents that?

Is this immediately after painting? Or months after the paint job cured? If it happened immediately, then you’re those are chemical reactions from an unclean surface. On the other hand, it wasn’t sanded properly if it happened several months after.

There are a lot of possible reasons for it. Someone may have painted over an incorrect primer or didn’t lay any primer or laid it over single-stage paint and ended up separating because it wasn’t sanded properly. 

If you see bubbles, then it may be waste. It had pinholes and someone painted over it then later on separated over body filler. 

Question: I have an 80-gallon compressor. I have 3 atoms spray guns x 20, x27 HVLP, and x 27 LVLP. Which will be the best for my set up – Primer/base coat/coat?

I’d recommend the Atom X20 Spray Gun for primer. It’s a solid gun for primer but make sure you have a 1.8 or 2.0 tip for that. Go for HVLP spray gun for base coat and LVLP for clear coat. But again, that doesn’t mean you can spray base and clear with your HVLP or LVLP spray gun because you can. 

Check out the Atom Spray Guns on Zoolaa. These spray guns are high quality yet very affordable! 

Atom Mini X16 Spray Gun
Atom X27 Spray Gun
Atom X20 Spray Gun

Question: Question on spraying pearl, laid down some black base, inter-coat clear and high solid clear, everything laid great but looks greyed out when shining high-intensity light on it, any ideas?

What color is the pearl or inter-coat that you laid on top of that? It’s pretty hard for me to tell you what the issue is because I need to see the panel or some pictures of it. It can be a solvent pop issue. Black is one of the hardest colors to paint. 

Micro air bubbles are caused by either your spray gun, spraying too close to your panel or using a medium or fast hardener because it dries up before the air bubbles escape. It’s really hard to tell so I need to see some pictures. 🧐

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