[tcb] Re: Update on Sparky

  • From: Sammie Smith <slsmith@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 09:13:14 -0500

The water trap on item a. is good.  But, add a "tennis ball" water filter 
in line.  I call them tennis balls.  They are about the same size as a 
tennis ball and are plastic.  All auto paint stores have them for about 
$8.  You screw them into your air line just before the gun and they 
absolutely trap all water.  The water trap/filter on the compressor works, 
but not well enough to shoot auto paint in Houston.  There is too much 
water in the air.

At 07:47 PM 4/4/2005, you wrote:
>Well, it looks like I am going to paint Sparky in my garage.  Mark's 
>friend is busy getting caught up after the rodeo and the two others I've 
>spoken to want to strip Sparky back down to bare metal and put their own 
>primer and bondo on.  I'm not about to spend $3,500 on a paint job for a 
>camper.  I would be afraid to scratch it.
>So I've been reading about what you need for a decent garage paint job.
>   a.. good compressor with water trap - check
>   b.. good HVLP gun - check
>   c.. 4 ft. fluorescent light fixtures - about $10 x 4 at home depot
>   d.. fan with filter to circulate air - borrow from a friend that has 
> painted in his garage
>   e.. clean all the dust from my garage - after 3 months of sanding this 
> might be the biggest challenge
>   f.. about $500 worth of high build primer and paint
>   g.. good respirator & rubber gloves - check
>   h.. water to wet the floor to keep the dust down - check
>   i.. a little patience and luck - we'll see
>   j.. $2,960 left over - so I can live with a run or two!

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