Putting on the Primer

The entire car has been scuffed, and areas of bare steel have been washed with Ospho acid wash.
The Graco sprayer features an adjustable pattern that applied the flat finish quite well.
We did the underside of the trunk as well as the doors while they were sitting on a sawhorse.
Everything looks nice and smooth from this angle.
Here you can see we've got some work ahead of us on the quarter panels. We elected not to replace the quarters. A good portion of them will be covered by the fender flares, which we'll attach after the painting is complete.

Our next step in the restoration process for our 2002 is to work on smoothing out its wrinkles and areas where we’ve had to replace sheet metal. Before we started on the filling and sanding, we wanted to give the entire car a coat of sealant primer to act as a barrier between the raw steel and the elements. We used a direct-to-metal primer with good adhesion and anticorrosive properties.

Unfortunately, the shop w’re using for this project isn’t equipped with a compressed air source, so we went a little outside the box and used an electric sprayer (Graco 2900 Spray Station) that we purchased at Lowes for $119. The results were just short of spectacular—at least on this drab olive matte finish—and we would recommend this method for spraying primers or painting non-critical parts.

Now that the body is all sealed up, we’ll start working on smoothing it out.

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Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
6/8/11 9:15 a.m.

Cool. I've wondered how well one of those painters would work on a car. How hard was clean up?

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
6/10/11 1:58 p.m.

Easy as pie.

clean with lacquer thinner, put clean lacquer thinner in cup and spray to clean out nozzles. wipe down and put away.

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