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Paint gun recommendations

I've been looking at painting my edge bumper/valance and probably a hood along with a stepside bed so i think i'll invest in a spray gun. I don't want to spend a crazy ton of money on one, then again i want to get a quality paint job. Painting black isn't the easiest i hear. You guys recommend a gun?

I'm not looking at a show-car quality mirror finish as my truck isn't one, but it'd be nice to get a good quality finish.

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Oh, forgot to mention but i do already have a 5hp 22gal air compressor. I do have the filter thing for the water.
I am not sure if i want to do a 2-stage paint job. I hear its a bit harder to get a good finish. 1-stage will probably be fine for a bumper (first project...)
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the gun that i have is a devilbus GTI i have no idea if you can still get one of those but it is a more expensive gun. you can get just as good of a paint job from a cheaper spray gun just make sure that you take the time to prep the bumper correctally before you start to paint. the actual spraying is the hardest part. as for what spray gun to get go look around find one that is in your price range and see what the air pressure that you need to spray it and the amount of paint that comes out then compair it to what the paint that you are going to use says and what your compressor can handle. personally i prefeer the gravity feed guns as aposed to the suction guns. but this is just my opinion and what i would do if it was me. good luck.
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Years ago i picked up an HVLP gun to spray a car. I was a dumb-dumb and listened to my dad and it turned out with a ton of orange peel (looked like a textured paint job...not smooth at all). I didn't wet sand it but probably should have. It was a 1-stage paint job.

From the sounds of it, i need to use a plastic primer, then a high build filler (to help smooth out the textured bumper), then paint and clear.

So its more technique than gun for the quality of paint job?
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yes the painting is really the easiest part just make sure that it is covered.

as for the steps for painting the plastic bumper i do not know it has been a few years since i have painted anything like that.

and yesa little bit of wetsanding and polishing will fix just about anything that you did while spraying the paint as long as you have eanough paint to cover and eanough clear to be able to wetsand. (or is useing a single stage eanough to wetsand and pollish)
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