Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Quad 9'5 Naish Mana is Here

and it's all mine


curtis said...

Outstanding DW

How did you paint it? what kind of paint? epoxy? you shot clear over?

Great Job!

curtis said...

could you post pics before you painted it?

NC Paddle Surfer said...

I didn't take any photos during sanding.

I use Home Depot exterior latex diluted with water to allow me to spray it with my airbrush. Latex is soft paint, but it gets tougher after a month. It's much easier to clean up the airbrush with water based paint.

I finish coat with clear polyurethane, also sprayed with my airbrush.

curtis said...

how long do you have to wait to shoot the clear coat?

Very nice!

NC Paddle Surfer said...

The nice thing about water based paints is you can dry them with a hair dryer and recoat immediately. So no wait to add the polyurethane.

curtis said...

You're like me, we have a lot of tips and tricks in our garage/workshop. did you have to sand and buff it out?

NC Paddle Surfer said...

The paint is left as sprayed because it's latex. Latex is too soft for wet sanding or polish. The gloss doesn't match perfect.

Anonymous said...

Dude! That looks freaking incredible. Awesome job!


curtis said...


One last question about the paint job

how did you scan it? Did you actually take the board down to HD?

You see I do everything but paint, the guys I know that paint use automotive
two part epoxy paint and clear coat, toxic and expensive, I like the way you do it better, I may have to get into air brushing.

Nah, on second thought, I rather be in the water


NC Paddle Surfer said...

Yep, I take the board inside Home Depot. They take the scanner head apart to make it easier to place the machine against the bottom of the board. i take the board inside the store in my board bag to protect it against dings while we wrestle with it on the conveyor by the scanning device.

Airbrushing is easier than using a big paint gun. I use the $20 plastic airbrush from Harbor Freight. It only needs 30-35 psi. My friend uses a tiny hand held compressor they sell at Harbor Freight for airbrushing. I use a big air compressor.

The only real drawback to airbrushing is getting gloss. It sprays such a light coat, there is no chance of runs and it takes no skill, but it also makes getting it wet enough for gloss difficult.

I'd don't put much effort into matching the gloss though.

I did auto body work as a kid. I dread dealing with the chemicals it takes for auto paints.

I paint my race boards with rattle cans to avoid dealing with chemicals and auto paints.