Kevin Tetz's Paintucation
Paint Your Own Car!
Spray Gun Demonstration
In this screen capture, Kevin points out the finer points of the spray gun while imparting useful information about its operation. Click image to enlarge.
Here he demonstrates proper cleaning technique at a coin operated car wash and discusses what to use when cleaning a car for paint. Click image to enlarge.
With the car clean, he inspects the body for problems that will show through the new paint finish and marks them so that they can be repaired before the new finish is laid down. Click image to enlarge.
Repairing Paint Blemishes
Here Kevin is smoothing out the paint blemishes and gives some important information regarding working with fiberglass body panels. Click image to enlarge.
Mixing Primer Surfacer
In this screen capture he pours primer surfacer. While demonstrating the mixing procedure, he explains how to mix paints and primers so that they turn out correctly when applied. Click image to enlarge.
Once the blemishes are smoothed and the primer surfacer is laid down, Kevin shapes the surfacer with course sandpaper. Click image to enlarge.
Scuffing the Old Paint
After he blocks the primed blemishes, he shows you how to scuff the old paint to prepare it for the application of primer sealer. Click image to enlarge.
As Kevin notes in the video, 90% of the real work of a paint job is actually paint prep. Here he removes pieces of the body before he masks the car. Click image to enlarge.
In preparation for primer sealer, as well as base and clear coat, he carefully masks the entire car. While he does so, he shows you some tricks to make the job easier and make the job turn out better. Click image to enlarge.
Proper Gun Pressure
In this screen capture, he's explaining the importance of proper gun pressure and the difference between that and regulator pressure. He also points out a tip that will save you a lot of money. Click image to enlarge.
After he explains some of the finer points with the equipment, he shows you how to approach the actual paint application on the car. He carefully and effectively illustrates the workflow during the painting process, detailing even the way the gun should be held and used for each part of the car. Click image to enlarge.
In the last portion of this section, Kevin explains the proper use and importance of paint application technique. If you watch this video closely as he expertly works the panels during the following primer sealer, base coat and clear coat applications, you'll see the techniques he's illustrated in this section work exactly as he's described. Click image to enlarge.
Here, he's suited up, applying primer sealer to the freshly prepped old paint. Click image to enlarge.
Now he's applying the base to some of the panels taken off earlier during the disassembly stage. Click image to enlarge.
Base Coat Repair
After laying down the base, Kevin illustrates a technique to remove contaminants from the base coat before moving on to the clear. If this step isn't done, the "trash" (as Kevin calls it) will be a permanent part of the paint job. Click image to enlarge.
Clear Coating the Roof
In this screen capture, he's applying the urethane clear coat to the roof much like he did the primer sealer and base. While he does this he points out the differences in application methods between it and lacquer clears. Click image to enlarge.
Clear Coating the Nose
During Paint Your Own Car!, Kevin shows that each coat of primer, paint and clear coat should follow a predetermined pattern. He starts with the roof and finishes with the details in the nose as he is doing here. Click image to enlarge.
Once the final clear coat is applied and has dried, Kevin shows you how to color sand to remove painting imperfections and demonstrates some methods for fixing minor blemishes in the final coat. Click image to enlarge.
Here's the finished product. I found this video to be very enlightening and enjoyed watching the process as well as seeing the positive result of all of the work. This video, more than anything else made me feel as though I could do quality paint work if I just applied the correct techniques and paid close attention to the details. Click image to enlarge.