LGM Guitars Posted July 27, 2004 Report Share Posted July 27, 2004 Hey guys, I received a PM about using rattle cans vs spray guns so rather than just post it in PM I thought I'd do it here for all to see. Brian if you want to pin this or put it in the tutorial section feel free. Ok, this applies to virtually all rattle cans regardless of paint type. I sprayed many items with rattlers before I had paint guns and had very good results. This guitar was finished with rattle cans, nitro laquer. 1. When you are buying your spray cans, buy twice as many as you need, if you need 4 cans to do a project buy 8. It seems excessive, but you'll understand why when you read #1 in the don'ts section. 2. Have a pan of water at 25 degrees centigrade (82F)nearby, if you have the opportunity you can keep it on the stove or a hotplate, but make sure it doesn't get hotter than that. You want 1" of water in the bottom of the pan, stand your spray cans upright in there. This will warm the paint and propellant to room temperature and it will flow way better from the can. 3. Before you begin spraying on your project, spray some paint out of the can into the garbage or where-ever and then flip the can upside down to clean the nozzle (by pushing down the nozzle until no paint flows out anymore) 4. When you spray, always start your spraying at least 2" off to the side of your piece and don't stop spraying until you're 2" off your piece. This will help to alleviate any spatters when you start or finish a pass. 5. Overlap all your passes by half the width of the spray fan (this applies to all types of spraying) DON'TS 1. DON'T use more than half of your spray can. I know it means an added expense, but below half of a spray can you are getting more propellant than paint. It will begin to spray inconsistently. This can lead to uneven coverage and spattering. 2. DON'T use rattle cans in a cold environment, expeically if you aren't warming the cans. The paint will not spray evenly or flow nicely. 3. DON'T put a spray can away without cleaning the nozzle first. Do this by turning the can upside down and spraying until no more paint comes out. 4. DON'T be in a rush with spray cans. A spray can will typically put on less than half the amount of paint that a decent spray gun will put on in one coat. If a spray gun takes 5 coats of paint to get the finish you want, the rattle can will take 10 to 12 coats. I hope this is helpful to some, if iyou have any other questions or comments you'd like to share (positive preffered) let me know, I'm happy to help (though some find that hard to believe) I know this isn't the set in stone way to do things, there are so many techniques and ways to apply paint it would take a couple volumes of books to get them all down and then who's to say any of those are the best ways. This is simply methods I'm familiar with and which have yielded very good results for me. Jeremy 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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