I performed the following steps:
- Masked off the work area as a rectangle.
- Wet sanded the work area with 800 grit and then 1000 grit.
- Laid down stencil over work area and masked up exposed parts of the work area not on the stencil.
- Two coats of primer waiting 15 minutes between each coat
- Let dry for half an hour
- Three base coats waiting 15 minutes between each coat
- Let dry for an hour
- Remove all masking
- Two clear coats waiting 15 minutes between each coat
For my first ever attempt it's not nearly as bad as it could have been.
- I used the $15 harbor freight spray gun. It's got really good reviews. I cleaned it beforehand and used a strainer on the paint. The gun has a 1.4 mm nozzle and that's the same nozzle diameter the paint calls for.
- The paint called for 30 to 40 PSI but the gun works at 50 to 70 PSI I had it set at 60 PSI.
- The paint was very watery but the instructions said to either use it as it is or with a thinner.
- The paint came out of the gun a lot more speckly then I think it should have. None of the settings on the gun really helped.
- When I peeled off the vinyl stencil the paint wanted to come off with it in some spots. I don't know if that's because the adhesive on the stencil is too strong or if I didn't let it dry long enough or if the layers of paint reached above the stencil itself.
- When I put on the clear coat I tried blending in the spot where I did the wet sanding and the spot that had been left alone. To my amazement it doesn't look terrible but you can still where I sanded a little bit if you look. Buffing will get that out right?
- The layers of paint are pretty high you can feel it with your finger. I wish it was more smooth is there any way to make my layers of paint thinner?