Step #3: Apply Color - Eastwood 4-Step Paint System

Step #3: Apply Color - Eastwood 4-Step Paint System

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Picking a color is a very personal decision, but do you really know all of your options? Find everything you'll need to know—from mix ratios to application, we have all the products and information you need to paint your project right!

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QUICK TIP: How to properly set up an HVLP paint gun.
Learn how to set up a new, out-of-the-box HVLP Spray gun, fan control, fluid control, air control settings, air inlet pressures, and more using the Eastwood Concours HVLP spray gun!
How to properly set up and use an HVLP paint gun.
Kevin Tetz gives lesson on how to set up a new, out-of-the-box HVLP spray gun, compressor settings, and spray patterns in this comprehensive video.
KEVIN'S KORNER: Paint chip repair the Eastwood way.
During car driving season, paint chips happen on the road, and Kevin has great tips and tricks on how to repair them with limited frustration.
KEVIN'S KORNER: Correcting paint defects.
Kevin Tetz guides you through fixing paint defects, such as dirt nibs, during and after the paint has dried.
QUICK TIP: Learn how to properly clean an HVLP paint gun.
Kevin Tetz talks about how to properly clean an HVLP gun using the Eastwood Evolution HVLP gun as an example with Eastwood Aerosol Injected Cleaner.
KEVIN'S KORNER: Base coat repair.
Kevin Tetz gives a lesson on correcting Sand-through edges with some very useful techniques.
Painting 101 - Part 2
Kevin Tetz gives a comprehensive lesson on HVLP spray gun automotive painting techniques.
Concours Paint Gun—by Jonny Hunkins from Popular HotRodding Magazine.
Outlaw Motorsports puts the Eastwood Concours HVLP paint gun through real-world testing and the results are amazing!
Kevin Tetz's Project Jaded
From bare metal to clear, Kevin walks us through his mustang rescue, "Project Jaded" featured at SEMA 2012. He discusses Eastwood product used to acheive show-quality results!

Painting Tips & Tricks!

Every paint system has its quirks. There are subtle differences in mixtures, dry times, and other idiosyncrasies that give us a learning curve to be absorbed. Such is also the case with the New Eastwood Low VOC Basecoat Clear coat paint system. This is the paint system used on JADED, not only the topcoats, but all the coatings on the car so I wanted to share some of the tweaks I learned that helped me get…READ MORE>

Painting Your Car With Eastwood Single-Stage Urethane Paints

A common question we hear from hobbyists is, “I want to paint my car. What products do I need?” This seems like an easy enough question, but with so many primers, paints, and clear coats available, there are a lot of variables that come into play. To reduce the confusion, Eastwood developed its own line of single-stage urethane paints with the first-time painter in mind. This is a professional-quality paint system that's easy to mix, easy to apply, and easy on the wallet.…READ MORE>

How to Paint Your Car- The Basic Steps and Methods Uncovered

Painting a car is one of the most misunderstood parts of our hobby. It can be a daunting process to sand off the paint on your car, but it’s one of those jobs that things must get worse to get better. Below are the basic steps and methods for painting your car. Preparation- There are a few ways prepare your vehicle for paint…READ MORE>

Single-Stage Urethane Paint – Product Information Sheet

Eastwood’s Single-stage urethane paints feature the most modern automotive refinish technologies paired with premium raw materials in an incredibly user-friendly system that delivers beautiful results in colors ranging from classic solids to wild metallics. May be used as a one-step single-stage topcoat, or in combination with Eastwood’s premium Clearcoat. Either way, this advanced urethane color system…READ MORE>

How much paint will I need?
If I order multiple gallons, will my paint match?
What air pressure and tip size should I use?
Should I add reducer to this paint?

(Q) How much paint will I need?

(A) That depends on the vehicle you're painting, the color you've chosen, whether you'll be using a primer, etc. As a general rule of thumb, we suggest a one-gallon setup is enough material to paint a standard-sized sedan. On larger projects, or projects where you plan to shoot the firewall, under the trunk deck, under the hood, jambs, etc., we suggest two setups or more. Top»

(Q) If I order multiple gallons, will my paint match?

(A) Eastwood's Single-Stage Urethane Paint is formulated in large batches, which helps ensure consistency from one gallon to the next. However, it is possible to receive two gallons from different batches (especially when ordering a second gallon at a later date). You can easily check to see if your gallons are from the same batch: look for the five-digit number on the left side of the white sticker found on the lid of the can. If you do find the gallons are from different batches, we suggest blending the materials together in a large pail, then pouring back into the gallon containers. This ensures one consistent color in all cans. Top»

(Q) What air pressure and tip size should I use?

(A) Different systems require different gun setups. We suggest you check the Product Information Sheet for the specific paint, primer or clear system you plan to use, which will indicate the correct gun setup information. Top»

(Q) Should I add reducer to this paint?

(A) Eastwood's single-stage urethane paint mixes 3:1 with our Urethane Activator. No reduction is required. In most cases, adding a reducer will cause this paint to run; in some situations, experienced painters may chose to add a little for improved flow (must be high-quality urethane-grade reducer). Top»

Should I use single stage or basecoat/clear coat?

Eastwood offers both single stage and basecoat/clearcoat systems. Both systems offer a durable finish and will allow you to achieve great results. If this is your first time painting, basecoat/clear coat is a bit easier to use as you focus first on applying the color, then come back and focus on getting the shine. If a mistake is make in the basecoat, it can be repaired before applying the clear. It also lends itself to colorsanding and buffing to a smooth and shiny finish. Single stage paint is great when you are going for an OEM type finish on a classic car. This type of paint integrates the color and shine in one step. If you plan to aggressively sand and buff single stage or are using a metallic, it is recommended that you apply a clear coat to the single stage paint. Top»

How large of a compressor do I need to paint my car?

When painting your vehicle, you will need a compressor that meets the CFM requirements of the spray gun. Most paint guns require at least 8 CFM @ 30 psi. If you are working with a smaller home compressor, the Concours paint gun operates on as little as 4 CFM @ 29 psi. Using a compressor that does not meet the requirements of the spray gun will result in an inconsistent spray pattern, waiting for the air supply to catch up and wear on the compressor, as it will be constantly running. Top»

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