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    Painting help/questions

    I have a 2000 Yamaha SUV I am rebuilding. The hood and steering surround was in bad shape. I took sandpaper and got all clearcoat off and most of the paint. I used "bonding" primer with 1500 then 2000 grit wet sand paper to get it smooth. I am wanting to get a good paint job but the local shop wants 300 for a "marine" paint job. My question is ... how hard is it to paint myself? I have heard that "rattle can" jobs always turn out bad. Do I get marine paint or can automotive paint work? I have a air compressor and a HVLP gun that been sitting in the box new for like a year now.


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    It's a 17-year-old, $3,000 ski, get that new gun out and shoot it yourself.
    If you had a $12,000 ski, I would say have it done professionally.

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    here's some paint advice

    wipe wipe wipe ( tacky rag)

    less is more

    practice a bit on some old junk

    watch a couple of videos

    try to do it on a day where the humidity is somewhat low and of course, indoors far better.

    last thing-top grade paint

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    As mentioned, good prep work and good paint goes a long way. Think of the HLVP as a rattle can that just puts out a good bit more paint and a wider spray. Automotive paint will work fine and the base coat/clear coat paints are pretty forgiving to use.

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    good thread, I maybe trying to paint my skis myself and defiantly need to read up on the how to. One question, will the paint fill in small defects in the fiberglass of the ski? Or do I need to touch up every little spot with some type of filler and sand it down for it to come out smooth?

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    do some googling on surface prep there are a few good products you use to fill pinholes and such, sometimes a couple of primer coats are needed.

    time spent on prep and masking pays huge rewards

    that's rule #1

    rule#2, good air/water separator for your compressor

    I'd use a new air hose too..old ones spray crap that can ruin your finish

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    nmpeter must paint. He's giving you good tips. Here's a site that has some videos and links as a place to start before you spray paint. http://www.eastwood.com/how-to-paint...d-tech-library

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    This is how I run a jetski shop in the desert nmpeter's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erierunner View Post
    nmpeter must paint.


    @43 seconds ( I can't get thisc rap to work right"

    "I've fired a few shots"
    Last edited by nmpeter; 03-27-2017 at 12:40 PM.

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    That's not a lot of paint, but I would still recommend wearing a respirator. Some of the chemicals used in the modern paints are really bad to breathe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    That's not a lot of paint, but I would still recommend wearing a respirator. Some of the chemicals used in the modern paints are really bad to breathe.
    The best advice in this whole thread so far if you actually paint it yourself. What you're looking for is a half mask N95 charcoal respirator. SAS Bandit 8661 is one that comes to mind.

    For future reference unless the clear is in bad shape, I wouldn't sand it off because it will make an excellent foundation for whatever base color you might be using next.

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