After the etch primer was applied, I went directly to mixing the primer paint. This gave me about 20 to 30 minutes between between the coats and I began applying the primer paint. I was ably to apply 2 full coats of primer paint to all of the parts. I guess the trial runs with the paint gun and the air hose paid off, I ran into no problems with banging into anything while spraying. Again, all went well with how the primer paint was applied and bonding to the etch primer. I've read many horror stories of guy's having problems with the primer bonding ( blistering ) to the etch primer. But, all was going well in Nybro.
In the pictures to the right, you will see that the color has changed slightly from the white of the etch primer to a grayish white color. The difference between the colors, well, would only be spotted by an experienced painter. At this point, the Landy has 5 layers of two types of primer, that's a lot more than Land Rover ever gave the vehicle.
At this point the nerves were starting to get to me. Let me say, that this IS the first time that I ever painted with a compressor and an air spray gun. I've painted vehicles with spray cans, rollers and paint brushes. This was new a new adventure for me and I didn't want to screw it up! So far, so good.
The morning came and I was ready, the weather was
as usual here in Nybro, BLOWING ! I needed to have at least one garage
door open for air circulation, so again a generous layer of water was laid
on the floor, with a reserve bottle ready to lay more water, if needed. I
was a little worried about the compressor, the air tank was building up with
condensation, but thankfully the air separator was working fine.
On went the paint and again it went on well. The
paint is much thinner than the primers and so I did get a few runs,
actually, 4 in total. They were nothing major, about 1-2 inches wide and not
running more than 1-2 cm's. I was surprised at how fast the paint went on,
before I knew it, the paint gun was empty. I was able from the one full can,
to apply 2 coats of paint. Giving it a good look over, I decided not to mix
more paint. This is when I saw the few runs beginning and I didn't want to
risk doing more harm than good.
You'll see in one of the pictures, to the right, that on the wing tops, I didn't paint them fully. Why bother? the wing top protectors will be going back on. Also on the lower rear corners of the rear tub, I'll be installing 5 bar aluminum panel protectors.
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