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Old 03-04-2011, 12:00 PM
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Ford Ranger Hood Painting.
I own a Ford Ranger 1994, which my dad gave to me as a birthday gift 6 years ago, but it has some painting problems because the truck was laying under a tree for long time.
Now that I have some money, I want to put it on the truck, but I want to do every modification by myself, and one of this is the hood.

I'm trying to paint the hood, but I don't really want to pay a lot of money for it. And also I have all the tools to paint it by myself, but I don't know the steps and type of paint to use to make it look professional.

Please if u can help me, I will really appreciate your advices!
Thank you!
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:47 PM
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So painting is a finesse deal. Too much paint and you will have runs. Too little and it wont cover. So you need to find that perfect medium. The best way is to test your spray pattern by turning the fan tip 90 degrees. So the wings are at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock and spraying your paint on a piece of masking paper taped to a wall. You want to spray a heavy spot. The paint will run that is ok. You want that run. Your paint spot should be Football shaped and the runs should all run equal length. If all the runs are equal length and you have good coverage. (No figure 8 shapes or heavy paint on one side) you should be ready to go wild. You will have to set up your gun to your compressor. Spray guns have 2positions on the trigger you can feel this when you pull the trigger. Step one just releases air. Step 2 releases air and paint. Hook the gun up to the compressor and pull the trigger a few times to get the feel for it. There are 2 adjustment screws on the gun one on the bottom that regulates air flow and one on the back that regulates fluid flow. As far as air goes you want a good study stream. Not just all out as much as you can blast thought he
Gun, but like around 40-45 psi. (Don’t quote me; you might want a little less).
As for paint it should flow smoothly. Spray a couple of spots on masking
Paper to check fluid flow out of the gun... When paint a vehicle or any thing for that matter you want the fan tips at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions this will give you an oval spray pattern. Like a foot ball points up and down. Start by pulling the trigger to release air and swing the gun across your panel. When the tip of the gun is about to cross over the panel pull the trigger all the way to release paint. At the end of the panel release the trigger to the air only position. You are pretty much blowing air all the time. On your next pass, (swinging right to left this time) you want to over lap your spray pattern by 50%. That is why paint flow is so important. Paint should lay down as a medium coat, not dry or wet. If it looks really glossy. Stop. Too much paint. Remember color should only cover primer. Gloss comes from the clear coat. Practice makes perfect. And it takes a lot of practice. Just remember you can always let it dry, sand out any
Imperfections, ands re spray. I hope this helps.
Print this off so you have it to reference.

Any good automotive store will have paints for you. Each paint is a little different so talk with the paint counter at the auto place and find out what type they mix and the best primer and clear coat for it. Be prepared to practice a lot.

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^^^ taken from an email my brother sent me when i was going to paint the body kit on my car. I originally posted it to jbody.org in 2007.

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Old 03-04-2011, 01:04 PM
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Thank you so much bro... it seems that you know a lot about painting.
ill print this out, it is really helpfull.
Thank you again.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:38 PM
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My brother went to school for autobody and painting. he did the write up for me, when i was painting the body kit on my old car. It really helped me out when i was going to start my project. I used a top feed gun for color and a bottom feed for clear and primer.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:30 AM
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The MOST IMPORTANT STEP IS PREP!!! If the surface is not ready the paint will look like s@&t!!!!! I suggest a little research on line about painting.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:15 AM
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Thank you yogi... I am not a professional painting, i wish someone could tell me the steps, for example: what coats to put, layers, how many layers? . should be better to paint the entire truck, and how much it can cost me?.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:17 AM
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You can ask superlifted. He painted his hood. Shoot him a message

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Old 03-21-2011, 10:25 AM
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Been painting for 18yrs... there's a million thing you cant learn from a book, you just have to learn by doing it... I recommend playing with a fender, do some test panels before you start spraying on your truck

different colors need special attention, example, black you can cut steps, as opposed to silver or any high metallic will require different air pressures and more attention to detail as flake will lay in sand scratches and be visible after completion and look like crap

key elements are=
temperature
cleaning/prepping
correct grades of sand paper
additives that correspond with temperatures

I recommend using Diamont/R-M products, they are very user friendly but costly
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:25 AM
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thank you Diablo
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:27 AM
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The MOST IMPORTANT STEP IS PREP!!! If the surface is not ready the paint will look like s@&t!!!!! I suggest a little research on line about painting.
there is an old saying, "if you paint over a rock, you'll still see the rock".. same applies to scratches, chips, dents and so on
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:29 AM
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Terry, im just trying to paint it black, and the hood only has the red base because the shiny paint its gone, think it will be easy to sand it!
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:31 AM
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you can always strip then sand then prime then paint then clear
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:35 AM
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terry, your last post is funny, thanks man!

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Thanks man thats really helpfull!
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:45 AM
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Terry, im just trying to paint it black, and the hood only has the red base because the shiny paint its gone, think it will be easy to sand it!

steps are all the same, from a fender or a whole vehicle, from a mail box to a Ferrari
I can help, since you're shooting black, if it was silver no way in hell..

step1 wash your hands
step2 wash hood with dish soap
step3 clean hood with prep solvent

fill chips/scratches with bondo and a razor blade (using blade as a squeegee) if over all paint is a good sealed surface, the sand with 800g just knock the shine off... using a sanding block.. don't use your hand on large flat surfaces.. clean with prep solvent,
base coat= spray med light coats until covered, waiting 10-15min between coats,
clear coat= first coat should be light n dusty looking, second coat heavier, 3rd coat heavy wet coat and evenly.. waiting 15-20min between clear coats...
if you're using single stage paint, apply similar to clear coat

be sure to use measuring cups and applying the correct amount of reducers and hardeners... they have to be exact!
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:44 AM
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- Where can i get de prep solvent?
-What is 800g and where can i get it?
When do i have to put the black coat?
Thank you bro
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