BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1965 220SE sedan (finnie) with 450SE conversion, 1964 220SE coupe project, 1966 300SE coupe
Location: Brisbane Australia
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Hi reza. You say you have an experienced friend. if that is true, then you should be asking them these questions. An experienced painter will know the various types of paints, brands of paints, availability in your area, OH&S requirements to safely (and legally) use and dispose of them, preparation required etc. If your friend does not know the answers to these questions, then they are not an experienced painter! That does not mean that you cannot do a good job though - I did a tafe course on painting and a lot of how the finished job will look depends on many hours of tedious but simple work. When it comes to painting a car, you can choose any two of the following three: a quick job, a cheap, job, a quality job. If you want your car to look like those really flash ones in the pictures you have attached, then you will need to strip the car right down - no chrome trims, no rubbers, no glass, preferably no interior. If you are going to change colours, you also want to remove the engine and the wiring. So, how far are you prepared to go? If you do not want to do all this, then the car may look great from 10 feet away, but up close you will see the quality is not there - peeling around trims and rubbers, overspray, mis-matched outside paint and door jambs, etc etc.
Google "paint a car" or something similar and you will find endless videos etc about how to do it. However, it is quite hard to show someone how to set up a spray gun from a video - and every time you paint (unless you have a booth) the humidity, temperature, and paint viscosity is likely to be different, which requires tweaks to the gun and pressures. But your experienced friend should be on top of that.
It seems you like metallic paint colours. These get sprayed in two parts - first, a base coat goes down. This is the colour, with the metallic flakes in it. However, when you spray it on, it will look very dull and not very nice. You do many coats of base coat. After that has dried, you apply several coats of 'clear coat', which gives the paint that glossy wet look. You can then choose to colour sand and polish the clear coat to make it even smoother and shinier (and to get rid of runs and stuff-ups!). But you have to be careful not to cut right through the clear coat into the base coat, otherwise you have to do that patch again - and it can b quite hard to touch up metallic paints without being noticeable.
I recommend trying to find people that have done painting before to guide you, otherwise see if the local trade schools have courses on weekends or nights to learn. But what lies ahead of you is not something that will happen over a weekend...
Good luck, Drew