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Old 05-18-2004, 04:42 AM   #1
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Question Zolatone

I am purchasing Zolatone to paint my interior this W/E, I am borrowing a LPHV gun and I have all of the settings for it from the Zolatone web site, does anyone have any tips they would like to share?

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Old 05-18-2004, 08:37 AM   #2
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Rent a respirator and buy some of those throw it away jump suits at Home Depot paint department. Spray painted the new bathroom with one of those tv spray thingys. If is doesn't have tight tape it will get painted. Cover exposed skin with petroleum jelly and your personal clean up will be alot easier. Also an old fashion swin cap is a good thing to wear. Hopefully someone will be able to explain the spraying technic. I'm not good at that part.
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Old 05-18-2004, 12:53 PM   #3
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Ohh yes please! document this. I will be deciding if I am doing the Zolotone or if I am paying the body shop I use to spray it. I do most things myself but paint like this is not something I have done before.
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:44 PM   #4
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Hi ,

my advice having just completed painting mine , would be have a pro do it , because they might have an outside air system for breathing , and its sort of tricky to spray , even if you`ve painted before . Paint first one way ,then the other (cross hatch ) to cover , then spatter both ways . Get about twice what they recomend for coverage . Watch the curved spots (like the fridge vent ) they will either load up or not cover . Prime it first with white if you using camille white or whatever they call it . I`d use theyre primer too .
Make sure your hvlp gun has a pressure pot , and a 2.0 or bigger fliud tip or it wont work (tried that ).
to bad you bought the gun already , im selling mine after I finish the door and some touch up !
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Old 05-22-2004, 08:55 AM   #5
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Thanks

Thanks for the recomendations, it will have to wait for the next few weeks, but I will document.
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Old 06-29-2004, 05:33 AM   #6
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OK, I am half-way finished, ran out of paint and had to re-order. What I have done so far looks great! I used a 2mm spray nozzel, along with it's matching needle. I took all precautions as recommended and I purchased twice as much Zolatone as recommended, I'm not sure where my mis-calculation is, I am going to complete the job having used 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 gallons, for a Bambi, this seems like a bit much, but it does look good so will make no adustments. Can anyone tell me how to post photos? I can't figure it out, I posted my profile photo but how to post more photos is still a mystery to me., any info would be appreciated.

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www.airstreamphotos.com The login is the same as here and it's pretty easy to load.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:18 AM   #8
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Zolatone, looks great!

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Any tips you can share with the rest of us? We will be doing our '56 this spring...

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Old 02-27-2008, 05:17 PM   #10
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Sure, First, make sure you read Zolatone's method guide http://www.zolatoneaim.com/spray.html, and follow their instructions to a "T" Use the Camille White, #20-54, I don't suggest mixing any other colors such as taupe (which is suggested somewhere) the 20-54 is a little lighter in color that the original, but I found it...... lets say, refreshing. I had to buy three times as much as I originally estimated (@ $28/QT) so, at the very least, make sure your auto body paint dealer has plenty of this stuff in stock, I had to make several trips. Also, as you are probably aware, the quality of a paint job is mostly in the prep, so sand, clean, strip, clean, clean ...follow instructions. Pay attention to the volume capacity of the compressor and make sure you have the very large size spray nozzle tip they suggest. Also read the msds, this stuff is nasty, I wore scuba goggles and used an extra long scuba regulator hose (so the tank could be outside) this is one reason most paint shops will not apply Zolatone. It is basically a two step process, first apply the base coat at high pressure, this atomizes the spray for even distribution, then comes the “sputter” coat which is applied at a much lower pressure (maybe 20 psi) I'll try to remember in the next couple of days, if there are any other snags I had.... hope this helps for now.
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One other thing, I mentioned striping but I did not remove the old Zolatone, just sanded it real good, and cleaned, cleaned, cleaned.
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Wow--FOUR years later, you remembered to post pictures! Thank you!!!

It looks GREAT! VERY nice job.

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Thanks! Yea, I am suprised at myself, usually takes half that time for my memory to kick-in...hah!
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Can you tell me grit of sandpaper you used to sand the zolatone, and what did you use to clean it before painting. I would like to go back with the zolatone. When calling various auto paint places, do I ask if they work with zolatone?
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