Today I am going to paint my new cowl hood because I have no money and I'm too cheap to have maaco do it. I used 5 cans of white and 3 cans of clear.

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Step 1: What You Need

What you will need:

5 cans of gloss white spray paint (I used .96 walmart paint but the $4 stuff is better)
3 or more cans of gloss clear (or more if you like)
microfiber cloths
220 grit sand paper or higher

Step 2: Prep

The first thing you need to do is wash the hood with a degreaser. Then you need to wet sand the hood with 220 grit sand paper. After sanding the primer you need to wash it again to remove the sanding residue and dry it with a microfiber cloth. It should be as smooth as glass and dirt/dust free. make sure to mask off anything you dont want painted.

Step 3: Paint

Start your first layer with long slow strokes but not so slow it runs going in whatever direction you want. After your first layer is done let it dry till its a little tacky.
Start your second layer going the opposite direction of the first and again do long slow strokes. Put as many layers on as necessary to cover all the primer and get a nice even coat.

Step 4: Clear Coat

When you have covered your hood with enough layers you can start clear coating it. When you get to the second to last layer get the 220 grit or higher sand paper and lightly wet sand the clear coat you have already put down cause if you feel the hood it will be rough. When the hood is smooth again put the last coat on and let dry overnight before you re-install it.

Step 5: Finished

This is the before and after pics.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    I was thinking about doing an "ible" just like this one this week but of course I thought about after it was to late to get before pics ! I hd a used faded reddish hood and did free hand scallops using a combination of flat and gloss black spray bombs ( I didn't realize they were different until after I sprayed them) after using the clear I have a multilayer look that is kinda cool. Ive been having difficulty getting a streak free clear coat even after 3 alternating direction coats (scotchbriting between coats) Im about to say enough is enough, it's a $500 truck fer gawds sake !

    thank you for sharing your work

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Try a 2k Acyclic Single Stage Urethane Clearcoat I just bought a quart of ebay for 60 bucks with hardener, you should be able to get a gallon for around a hundred that will coat your whole truck and it will lay out easy, try to get a perfect clear from rattle can on a big project like a whole truck must have been something. I tried a few years back on a couple of big projects and lost interest quickly.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    your right of course , that would be the proper way to do it, real auto paint and a spray outfit but for this $500 beaters hood, $3 rattle cans is pushing the $$envelope. If I was seriously concerned with it, I have a friend with a bodyshop of course if I was serious about it I wouldn't have a dark blue truck with a black and red hood either.......


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    LOL, yeah your right, sometimes I forget about the important stuff like an air compressor and spray gun, I had one of the duh moments I was thinking about your comment on streaking in the clear, now that I think about it though there's an old school trick for limiting streaks and lines try rolling a paper in half and spraying against it like a stencil, it fogs out lines in the paint. The pic below demonstrates the trick (just imagine the cooking oil is paint can)