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Old 05-06-2013, 11:39 PM
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Painting the Wagon

I am looking to paint my 1983 300td. This will be my first auotmotive paint job. Well first spray out. I went with a brush and roller previously
I have tons of house painting experience and I am comfortable with a sprayer. Wall repairs are no problem either, so I am hoping this knowledge will translate into the automotive world.
I am soliciting tips. Some ideas to get you started:

I would like to paint the wagon silbergrun. What type of paint should I use?Any leads on where to get paint? Can I get away without a clearcoat?
Is spot priming acceptable?
Painting could be done in my portable garage. Is this a good idea? I don't mind paint on the tarps and I suppose I could ventilate.
I can borrow an HVLP sprayer. If I mix paint with a hardener, Will it clog the gun if I don't work fast enough?
How hard is it to replace body trim (taking it of should be a cinch!)
I don't have a DA sander. I do have a random orbital. Is the orbital acceptable? I suppose that I could pick up a DA. Might slow down with my 15 gallon compressor though.

Thanks for any help!
I could not own any MB without the help from you...fellow forum members.

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Old 06-14-2013, 09:13 AM
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I think you should try powder coating instead of painting. It will look more nice and the finish will also be good. Try it man.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:41 AM
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:23 AM
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:13 AM
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as per the thread title, I am looking for feedback on online paint suppliers. Its easy to say " You get what you pay for", and most of the threads I have seen on body shop forums trend that way. But, I want to believe that someone sells good quality paint over the internet--at a good price. I am looking for personal experience--positive and negative. I am most interested in long-term experiences with BC/CC. I have used Kirker BC/CC and it failed--but the failure may have been my fault--although Kirker did withdraw the particular product and color I had used.
Another comment I see in bodyshop forums is that the local paint supplier will offer advice and information. In my experience, this is not true. Sure, they will help the pro who buys several gallons of paint and supplies every week. But the once-a year-, or less amateur is just a pain in their butt --at least in my experience.
So--what has been you experience--and who sells a quality product at a relatively low price. ( $600 or more for materials is just not going to happen!)
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