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Painting, Spraying or Brushing

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A general discussion at the bar the other night, which is better? Brushing or Spraying. I wondered what forum members preferred.

For myself I use a mixture of both depending on what is being painted

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Tankers engine cover here, needs that mirror like finish.  So max effort in the prep, spraying all the way, flatting between coats and so on.

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Bits of the spare wheel carrier here, big lumps of iron, roughly welded together, and now quite heavily pock marked by rust to boot. The overall finish will never be anywhere near as smooth and shiny as the engine cover, and wouldn't look right if it was, anyway.  

For me brushing is by far the best option, on this.  You can really scrub the paint into the corners and pock marks, ensuring good covering for rust protection for the future.  The final DBG gloss coat will be sprayed, mainly because I've been using 2 pack and brushing that just makes a mess.  But the next coat of primer will most likely be brushed like the red oxide. 

So do other members have a preference/opinion?

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I like to use a roller if possible. But then again I don't have a garage or anything like that to spray anyway.

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Some one here used brush and dust, i.e. didn't wash the vehicle

I am interested as about to try and paint a couple of vehicles

Edited by Surveyor

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Use what ever you have and quote the Military Reasons for Painting- 1 To protect the surface 2 Camouflage 3 Apperance. 😀

A long time ago at DERA Aquila , just outside Bromley there was the Defence Packaging and Transport. Outside were wooden stands with dozens of 4 inch by 4 inch metal plates  coated with various paint and preservatives. The guy who ran it used to be in charge of painting the Thames bridges in London. I once asked him what he recommended for a Land Rover Chassis, the answer took about twenty minutes.

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Well this is interesting, as a new guy here, and not yet a owner of anything military.... One of the reasons I find these vehicles attractive is that surely anything goes... I like the fact that because of age and the use these vehicles were designed for, a few dents brush marks and wear n tear just suits them, a nice and very practical change from the show room brand new perfection that is nearly always desired on everyday transport, these vehicles don't need perfect flat panels and paintwork to make them special. They already are! : )

 

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