Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: East of Seattle
Okay, folks. I picked up the car from my engine guy, and at this point in the thread I'm setting up to paint the exterior myself. This is a big deal for me because:
1. I've never painted a car before
2. I have a narrow one-car garage, so it'll have to be sprayed in the driveway
3. I have neighbors (who drive Priuses) with small children, so no isocyanate paint hardeners
4. This is near Seattle where weather is iffy
5. I've never painted a car before
6. I'm determined to give my funds a break by doing it on the cheap
7. My wife is literally days away from delivering our first child, time is running out!
8. I've never painted a car before
I'm going to take a breather here. The paint scheme is decided, and it turns out I have to mix colors myself to get what I want. I'll let things sink in a bit before I delve into the final chapter.
If you're wondering why I'm cheaping out at this point, the most visible part of the car, I rationalize that it's just a skin, and if I screw it up or grow tired of the scheme, I can always sand it down and start over or get a pro to do it. Besides, it's a race car, and I expect the paint to take a beating. I want to be able to touch it up easily with the tools and paint I have on hand.
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Last edited by Nader; 09-13-2009 at 06:00 PM.