DIY / Spray gun setup to paint truck?

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  1. iamdub

    iamdub I feel ya, Mr. Cash. I feel ya.

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    I bought mine in '02, and even then Craftsman and Sears was on an obvious decline. Really, the compressors are re-labeled other brands. But, I'd have to say that they got worse with each new model design. I got a solid 12+ years of use out of mine and had outgrown it long before then, so I wasn't sore.
     
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    DA (Dual Action) sander from Harbor Freight should serve your purposes well.
     
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    This the sander? Looking at their tools now lol

    Woundering if that would also work for buffing.[​IMG]

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    I don't think it would work. Doesn't move in wide strokes. I could be wrong tho.
     
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    Yeah i see some guys yusing long sanding blocks... and a few used sanders like that. I am at a loss.

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    Yup. The 6" DA for $34.99 is what I was referencing. The RO palm model is better suited for buffing or light polishing.
     
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    Oh cool... i def need something for polishing. I see a ro palm sander on amazon for 20$ seems to have good reviews. Are these from harbor freight better or pretty decent?

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    Generally speaking and without researching them personally, most of them are entry-level disposable Chinese units of comparable quality. Be careful when looking at a SANDER to do POLISHING duties. Some are just labeled as one or the other and do whatever based on what pad you put on it and some are designed for their specific purpose, the operating speed and pad base type being the main considerations. I got a 6" RO polisher from Walmart ("Auto Spa" brand?) that was identical to one at Harbor Freight, just molded in a different color plastic. It was the better deal since it came with two bonnets. For non-professional and relatively minimal use, I think it's perfectly fine. It made polishing the clearcoat after de-badging really quick and easy and I'm actually looking forward to using it on my hood to clean up the clearcoat. They have a 10" version that would be better-suited for large panel working such as full car polishing. I went with the 6" since I was just focusing on the de-badged areas and it fit better on the pillars.
     
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    Since you are new to spraying, you will most likely have a fair amount of orange peel as you learn. I think a 7-inch rotary polisher will be a lot more effective for you instead of a RO. The rotary will be a lot faster at removing orange peel when using a wool bonnet or coarse foam pad. However, there is a learning curve with using this so as not to burn through the clear coat but it is not too difficult if you read up on how to use it properly.
    Remember though, everything that you will be spraying is bad for you, so make sure you have respiration and skin protection.
    Something like this one from HF seems to get decent reviews.
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