how can i respray my car??

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bit off topic but ive just bought a mk2 golf, it may need a respray but i cant afford a proffesional one, any ideas on how i can do it myself but get a proffesional finish? thanks everyone :thumb:
 
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why would you want to buy a mark2 golf?:noidea: :ban: a mk1?, yes, mk2? no :lol:

respray.... now rattle cans would be pointless, so if you can get hold of a spray gun, and compressor, (hire shop maybe?) and just trial and error? dont put on to thick a coat, be consistent and even with the spraying, apart from that, I cant help you, Im not fantastic at it myself.
 

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To be fair its very clean, very straight and after a good service/adjustment will run very well. Its also only a 1.3 at the mo so easier to insure for him.
 

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mk2 golfs are fantastic cars, if you want to paint it yourself turn your garage into a booth -- lots of plastic sheets and needs to be spotless no dust etc. you will never get it perfect tho
 
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In this case you pay for what you get. Worth giving it a go though mate, like Kev said turn it into a booth. Just remember to spend plenty of time on the prep.
 
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my mate said to turn it into a booth but it would be hard to seal everyfin up, theres a gap under the door an theirs holes all over the place, plus it is a very dusty garage anyway, may get it done professionaly eventually but for now think i might justleave it a bit, but thanks for all the help everyone, i cant find the thanks button sorry
 

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Do it outside then (need warmer weather though)... you will probably get a few things in the paint but nothing major. also watch out if its really hot as flies love to try and walk on paint-






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May have to do some painting of my own, once the paint is on, then what? An old bloke told me to use brasso after a week but i think wet and dry - i dont know.
 

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Brasso? thats for metal mate... could use any type of cutting compound but find that the best stuff to use is a fine wet n dry (say 800 grade and then down to 1200) and then T-cut which is a cutting compound in itself
 

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i thought wet and dry bout 1200 grade. the old guy said he used to use brasso after painting - wouldnt try it myself, but apparently its better then t-cut for the job. but i will stick to what i know. cheers!!
 

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AHH! ...Matt black! nononononono please dont
 

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I'll cut his hands off if he tries to do it matt black
 
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no thanks lol, i prefer the clean look lol
 
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i ahd a mk2 golf and sprayed it myself, prep is the key to a good job i painted my matt black with rattle cans and looked really good, you need to rub down between coats, thinking about doing the same to my astra
 
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any satin or matt finish paints can be done using rattle cans i have seen a few guys on the vag scene do it to some old school golfs and it really suits the cars and a good finish is easy to achieve with satin or matt finish paints as there is no need for laquer which is the difficult part. a friend resprayed his mk1 golf satin green and only cost him £60 for 52 rattle cans and did the whole car with it and it looked **** hot too.
 
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rat look is pants,,

i do all my painting outside, hot weather like may, april time leave the car in the hot spot baking, prep it with 320 grit paper on the sander, then 1200-1500 wet and dry the car by hand, 2-3 coats of primer, wet and dry it again 1500 then top coat it, make sure your paint isnt to thin or too thick, 10% thinners, 1 part hardner, 2 parts paint iirc

too thin = runs all over

too thick = orange peel effect

i usally prep and prime 1 day then leave it to dry over night then flat it down the next day to paint, leave it till late on then unmask it etc

heres 3 ive painted first attempt my nova glacier white with metalflake



my dads old astra gsi replica




my mates cavvy gsi rep best one ive done so far


 
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