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Default process of painting an enclosure

alright a lot of people have asked how to paint their enclosures (color match) i also would like the know the process, i have seen some amazing painted enclosures and it is possible i may do it for my upcoming build.

I'm looking for a step-by-step process broken down, what kind of gun you use, what kind of paint, how many coats, what grit sand papers are needed etc.. anybody willing to make a tutorial we can sticky or can walk me through the process and i will take pictures and video of a how to and write up a nice tutorial to sticky.
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what I've done for a small area like port or one wall.

1. spray with a sand able high build primer (duplicolor is what I've used)
2. lightly sand with 100 grit sand paper
3. spray another coat
4. lightly sand with 400 grit sand paper
5. sand with 800 grit
6. apply first coat of paint or base (i have the cheap Harbor Freight HVLP with factory tip, paint I use is the Duplicolor Paint shop)
7. apply color coat or second coat of paint
8. apply clear coat

this is what I do and it works well for me. there are other ways that i'm sure others will chime in with but it works for me. now if i'm painting fiberglass box or large area's I don't so this, i change up some things.
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what I've done for a small area like port or one wall.

1. spray with a sand able high build primer (duplicolor is what I've used)
2. lightly sand with 100 grit sand paper
3. spray another coat
4. lightly sand with 400 grit sand paper
5. sand with 800 grit
6. apply first coat of paint or base (i have the cheap Harbor Freight HVLP with factory tip, paint I use is the Duplicolor Paint shop)
7. apply color coat or second coat of paint
8. apply clear coat

this is what I do and it works well for me. there are other ways that i'm sure others will chime in with but it works for me. now if i'm painting fiberglass box or large area's I don't so this, i change up some things.
okay will im looking for a tutorial to paint bare MDF, so that's that i wanted to see ^ how does the harbor freight gun hold up?
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what I've done for a small area like port or one wall.

1. spray with a sand able high build primer (duplicolor is what I've used)
2. lightly sand with 100 grit sand paper
3. spray another coat
4. lightly sand with 400 grit sand paper
5. sand with 800 grit
6. apply first coat of paint or base (i have the cheap Harbor Freight HVLP with factory tip, paint I use is the Duplicolor Paint shop)
7. apply color coat or second coat of paint
8. apply clear coat

this is what I do and it works well for me. there are other ways that i'm sure others will chime in with but it works for me. now if i'm painting fiberglass box or large area's I don't so this, i change up some things.
Sounds almost on par with what I do. Everyone does it a little different. You just gotta find what works best for you

I always add a sealer as well after the high build primer

I also sometimes wet sand, starting with 800-1200 grit going up to 3000 grit sometimes then buff it until I'm sick of it.
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how much does it usually cost in paint?
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Sounds almost on par with what I do. Everyone does it a little different. You just gotta find what works best for you

I always add a sealer as well after the high build primer

I also sometimes wet sand, starting with 800-1200 grit going up to 3000 grit sometimes then buff it until I'm sick of it.
This is a very dumb, newbish question but how do you wet sand?
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okay will im looking for a tutorial to paint bare MDF, so that's that i wanted to see ^ how does the harbor freight gun hold up?
Got to use a SEALER
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This is a very dumb, newbish question but how do you wet sand?
I just have a bowl of water next to me and keep whatever your sanding wet as well as the sandpaper. I will dip the paper keeping it wet and free of any debris on it.
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how much does it usually cost in paint?
I use all napa brand stuff

1 quart of high build primer-$32
1 quart of sealer- $25~
1 pint of base paint- $15-25 depending on color
1 quart of clear-$30
1 quart of reducer- $12 if your painting now get fast reducer

Depending on paint and clear you might need hardener

Also cups, filters, and stirrers but they usually throw that in for free

You will also have leftovers on all that stuff so really one job doesnt cost that much
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