'68 Coronet R/T wrote:Most of us are not professional painters as we only paint a car once or twice a year. We started out just as you are but realized this was more than a one time paint job or repair.
The advice is not meant to discourage but to open newbie's eyes to the cost involved to do things the right way.
I too thought I could get by with a smaller compressor and wasted a few hundred dollars on what I thought would be adequate. I also bought a cheap spray gun thinking one is just as good as another. In both cases I was wrong and ended up buying a bigger compressor and better spray guns. Of course the crap I bought to start with had no resale value so in reality I bought two compressors and 4 spray guns before getting set up properly.
Wanting to help others avoid the costly mistakes I made when starting out, I wrote an article: https://www.autobody101.com/content/art ... ould-know/
There are all kinds of "how to" Sticky Posts and articles in the Info Center. They are there because we desire to help.
What becomes a bother at times is when we give someone advice because they asked for it and then they disregard the advice they received.
You were told to seek a professional because you had already tried your way and failed. Thinking this was a one time repair, you were told it would be cheaper to have someone do it for you - that's good advice.
Now if you plan on getting into this as a hobby or you want to do a full restoration on a car yourself, the advice is buy good equipment the first time so you don't have to buy everything twice. That's also good advice.