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Old 07-24-2013, 03:52 AM   #1
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Painting Hood Black to White.

I want to save money and paint black hood to white color myself. I found color code "Alphine white 3" (300) and will get from automotive touchup store, here's my question.

1. From the quality perspective spray paint vs can paint of same brand and color code.

2. each 12oz spray can about $20 bucks how many cans i need for one side paint?

3. One time paint gun like this (~$10) at home depot will deliver better quality than spray paint or i need real one? I think only difference is how fast you can paint?



4. if i mess up or save money it easy to later repaint professionally over it?

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Old 07-24-2013, 05:14 AM   #2
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:18 AM   #3
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Black to white will be tough. Best thing to do is have it done professionally. White does not cover well. It'll need sanded, sealed or possibly primed, color, clear.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:33 AM   #4
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Painting Hood Black to White.

It will need to be preped, primed, painted, and cleared.

While its possible to try to do it yourself, it will take you quite an investment in time and materials to do it. Plus you'll have to deal with color match issues between the fenders and hood.

Best bet is to have it professionally done.


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Old 07-24-2013, 06:51 AM   #5
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Painting Hood Black to White.

Please don't do this. You are going to find that its going to take a lot more paint and materials than you think to cover a black hood with white paint. Then you end up with even more money invested when you have to get it done again. Just get the work done right the first time and be done with it. Or sell your black hood and look around at junk yards for a white one that matches. It will be less cash and grief to do it this way.


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Old 07-24-2013, 05:50 PM   #7
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Please don't do this. You are going to find that its going to take a lot more paint and materials than you think to cover a black hood with white paint.
If i use white primer then i dont need as much paint.


How much would it cost professionally in los angeles?
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Please don't do this. You are going to find that its going to take a lot more paint and materials than you think to cover a black hood with white paint. Then you end up with even more money invested when you have to get it done again. Just get the work done right the first time and be done with it. Or sell your black hood and look around at junk yards for a white one that matches. It will be less cash and grief to do it this way.
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and a hood is a large panel that ones views and makes it looks even worse when done poorly.
shop around and have it done.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:21 PM   #9
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Painting Hood Black to White.

Have a shop do it.


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If i use white primer then i dont need as much paint.


How much would it cost professionally in los angeles?
I'm not sure what it would cost but I do know whatever it cost will be cheaper than trying it yourself and ending up having to have it done anyway.


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with all due respect, did you just start a "i'm going to paint my hood" thread while using the picture of something that would be adequate for spraying bug spray?

i can understand the term "perseverance" but this is just down right stupid. do you know how many particles, dust, lint, etc... will get on your hood in the process of you painting it? to properly paint something, it needs to be done under the right conditions, and from what i've seen so far, you are going down the wrong path.

for some solid advice if you REALLY want to teach yourself how to paint... i suggest you get a couple test samples from the junk yard, learn how to sand properly, and then rent some equipment from home depot and give it a go.

in other words... please don't do this
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The $8 sprayer will not do anything but make a mess and embarrass yourself.

Leave the hood black and get the car running.

Maaco or vinyl wrap carbon fiber!!

Do not forget you should paint the underside of the hood to do a professional job. Nothing worse than opening your hood and having a different color underneath.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:39 PM   #15
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Ho Lee Fuk.

I have entered three threads in General E46 in the past 10 minutes and all three have made me want to go swimming in an active volcano.
Tell me about it. I have already thrown up in my mouth a half a dozen times in the last hour. This is what happens when anyone with a pulse and an $8 an hour job can buy an E46. We just have to sit back and wait for all these people to eventually wreck or ruin enough cars that our E46s become rare and desirable thus driving prices back up to where actual human beings are the only ones that can afford one. Patience my friend, patience.


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Tell me about it. I have already thrown up in my mouth a half a dozen times in the last hour. This is what happens when anyone with a pulse and an $8 an hour job can buy an E46. We just have to sit back and wait for all these people to eventually wreck or ruin enough cars that our E46s become rare and desirable thus driving prices back up to where actual human beings are the only ones that can afford one. Patience my friend, patience.


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Exactly..It pains me to see it..But I know it is for the best. Currently we're at 2-4 cars lost per month on these forums. Nearly 4 million e46's were made from 99-06. I'd be interested in seeing how many exist today and the rate of totals/month.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:38 PM   #19
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do it. but, must post results back to this thread.

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pic of you after you've finished project:



pic of general E46 member after you've posted pics back to this thread:



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'nuff said?

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