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  • Ready to paint your car? By: Nick Capinski

    One of the first things, if not the first, that people notice about your ride is the paint.  That mile-deep, mirror finish is something we strive for.  With the price of professional paint jobs costing thousands of dollars, we often hear from hobbyists that want to paint their own vehicle.  We are constantly amazed by the jobs that these hobbyists achieve, but we also hear from hobbyists that encounter issues while painting their vehicle.  Many of the issues encountered relate to the use of incompatible products, incorrect mix ratios, poor technique, or air supply issues.  Eastwood offers solutions to each of these problems, so your paint job turns out the way you expect.

    1971 VW in Eastwood Hugger Orange Single Stage with Euro Clear 1971 VW in Eastwood Hugger Orange

    Incompatible products is a gamble when painting a car.  We often hear of people that use one brand of primer, another brand of paint, and another brand of clear, to save a few dollars.  Although they may not experience any issues, we  hear of others that have issues with adhesion or wrinkling.  Paints are designed as a system; if you go outside the system, you never know what results you will get.  To solve this problem, Eastwood has developed a line of primers, paints, and clears that are compatible with each other, all at a great price!  In fact, we have recently added a new line of basecoat/clearcoat colors, to compliment our single stage urethanes.  This new basecoat/clearcoat system is low VOC….it can be sold in California!  

    To eliminate the confusion on mix ratios, we have simplified this as well.  With our low VOC bascoats, these have a 4:1 mix ratio (4 parts paint to 1 part activator).  Our single stage urethanes are a 3:1 ration (3 parts paint to 1 part activator).  We package these single stage colors in a gallon can that is ¾ full, so you simply add your quart of activator, to give a gallon of sprayable material….no need to measure out and add reducer.  It doesn’t get much easier than this!

    To tackle poor technique, I highly recommend checking out Kevin Tetz’s Paintucation dvd’s.  These instructional dvd’s  walk you through the process of painting your own car.  Once you understand the proper techniques, it really comes down to practicing these techniques.  Before you dive into your project, practice spraying a spare fender, hood, even your lawn tractor.  You really need to get a feel for your equipment and how it acts spraying the material you will be using at different settings.

    The root cause of the biggest problem that hobbyist we talk to have, is related to their air supply and equipment.  Many hobbyists have an air compressor and think all they need to paint is a good paint gun, so they’ll go out and buy a top-end spray gun.  This sounds good in theory, but there are other factors that come into play, and oftentimes, these hobbyists are disappointed with the results.  Having clean, dry air is critical when painting.  Any moisture or contaminant in your air supply is going to cause issues with your paint job.  Also, many of the compressors that home hobbyists have simply cannot put out the CFM (cubic feet per minute) requirements that a lot of the paint guns on the market need.  This results in inconsistent air supply to the gun, which varies the atomization of the paint and the spray pattern, and also a compressor that is constantly running and trying to keep up with the air needs.  A compressor that is constantly running generates a lot of heat, causing wear on the compressor, but also is a cause of moisture in air lines.  To tackle this problem, Eastwood developed the Concours gun (we also offer a full line of air management products to supply clean dry air).

    Eastwood’s Concours spray gun is a professional-quality paint gun that will operate on as little as 4cfm @ 29psi with your home air compressor!  Compare this to the cfm requirements of other paint guns on the market – many require at least 10-13 cfm - well beyond the capabilities of most home hobbyists’ compressors.  The Eastwood Concours gun features stainless steel needle/nozzle and passages, allowing it to spray both solvent and waterborne coatings.  To make this gun as versatile as possible, needle/nozzle/air cap sets ranging from 1.2mm to 2.2mm are available.  This allows you to spray everything from heavy primers to colors and clears.  In fact, we know you will be impressed with this paint gun and its 10-year warranty!  Click here to see it in action.

    Concours paint gun exploded view

    For even more information on painting your car with Eastwood paints, check out this How to paint car article from our FREE tech library.

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  • Introducing the newest headache...errr project!

    Some of you may remember about a month ago I hinted at my latest bad idea.. or great idea (depending who you are talking to), a 1950 Dodge Pickup Truck. I found this truck when buying some old VW parts cars from an extremely nice "old stuff collector" in my area. After a winter of milling it over, I decided I needed to try something out of my comfort zone of 70's-80's European Cars. I have always loved 40's and 50's cars, with their round lines, big bubble fenders, and exquisite grills and hood emblems.. they just ooze style!

    So fast forward to early March and we got some of our first warm-ish weather. I decided to give my buddy "Whitey" a visit and see if I could strike a deal on one of his old 50's Dodge pickup trucks. After I got the grand tour again (Whitey loves to show off his old stuff if you ask nicely), he brought me to the most complete of the bunch and told me the story. Apparently he had daily driven this truck since the late 50's up until about 88 or 89. That was, until he had a bad waterpump, overheated the engine and cracked the head. Since Whitey was so busy with work and other projects, he parked the truck hoping to get it fixed some day. He did eventually get the cylinder head off, but never got any further than that. Now some 23 years later, here I was handing him cold hard cash for this bad boy.

    So this past Saturday I went out with the local flatbed driver and pulled it out of the woods. After clearing out all of the odds and ends from in front of the truck, we were able to get it up on the truck. I shot a quick video of the process and you can see how locked up the rear was when we went to pull it out.


    Dodge loaded

    After getting it unloaded here at Eastwood, I got to working on the Dodge today. I cleaned the junk out of the cab, pulled the seat, and began vacuuming the inside of the truck. You can see below that cab is pretty dang solid thus far!


    Stay tuned for more updates later this week!

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