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Old 04-16-2006, 01:06 AM   #1
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How much paint required to paint an entire car?

Hey everybody i'm looking to get my 95 mustang repainted and was wondering how much paint i would have to pick up to get the whole car painted?
a couple quarts, a gallon?

i'm looking to buy some paint and have a paint shop do the actual prepping / spraying for me.

thanks for any help guys.

also how much clear coat would I need? thanks.

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Old 04-16-2006, 01:37 PM   #2
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i just painted a 88lx coupe and it took about 1/2 gallon the car was shot with sealer first. I bought a gallon just in case. It was base/ clear ..if i could figure out how to put a photo on here i would. O yeah i shot a gallon and a quart of clear on it.
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They will probaly want to buy the paint themselves.

I bought a gallon of paint for my car...jambs, under the hatch, and still had some left over. It's better to have a little left over than not enough.
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I know I don't like spraying with someone else's paint unless they decide there is no warranty on the work. I am hoping that you talked this over with the shop first and they are willing to.

A gallon gets me through all the jambs, engine compartment, under hood and hatch/trunk as well as whole car with a little left over. Same with clear.
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I know I don't like spraying with someone else's paint unless they decide there is no warranty on the work. I am hoping that you talked this over with the shop first and they are willing to.

A gallon gets me through all the jambs, engine compartment, under hood and hatch/trunk as well as whole car with a little left over. Same with clear.

OLD thread revival....One gallon reduced?

Im looking to buy some paint...cant spend too much.
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Color, brand of paint, can change the answer, but generally, yes, 1 gallon of sprayable material (base coat) should be enough. Definatley enough for a 'vert which has less surface area to cover. For clear, that will depend on how much you like to spray (and you technique, gun setup, etc). 1 gallon of clear might get you good coverage, but if you plan to cut and buff, you may find you need a little more clear on there to ensure you don't cut back down to the base when you wet sand.
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Color, brand of paint, can change the answer, but generally, yes, 1 gallon of sprayable material (base coat) should be enough. Definatley enough for a 'vert which has less surface area to cover. For clear, that will depend on how much you like to spray (and you technique, gun setup, etc). 1 gallon of clear might get you good coverage, but if you plan to cut and buff, you may find you need a little more clear on there to ensure you don't cut back down to the base when you wet sand.
Thanks for the reply Big Blue,

I will be using ProSpray..its reduced 1:1. I will be spraying LeMans blue over a black sealer. My car is a hatchback..will be doing engine bay, Jambs and all. I am trying to get by with 2qts unreduced. Never really painted before so dont know what I can get by with.

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gonna take a lot of base to cover that black sealer i would think. i would go with a dark grey sealer and then a gallon sprayable should be enough.
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On a fox depending on the color 2-3quarts usually gets me by I use sherwin williams.
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How much paint to paint a car

Hey guys, This was a very helpful post and video that tony bandalos (my instructor) posted on the blog. Check it out: How Much Paint To Paint a Car | http://learnautobodyandpaint.com/

Cheers,

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