Spray Painting 101 VS. Paintucation Video
I post frequently on some Mustang sites and lately I have been looking for a video on painting cars. Many people have recommended the Paintucation video, but only a few recomended the SP 101 video. I was about to buy the Paintucation vid, but I wanted to ask a few of you guys first now that I know about this forum.
It's my understanding that both videos have their value. My video goes into more detail because it's 2 hours long but I'm sure you learn from either one.
I have both dvd's and both have information you can use. What are you planning on doing? Reason being is that Len's video will show you how to paint a panel and what you need to be aware of and what to use in doing just a panel. He also does a vehicle with two colors, so there are some tips on that. Paintucation's video goes through the painting of an entire car. There are a lot of tips on that in their video.
What I didn't like about Len's video is that it didn't show enough spaying. I didn't get a feel for how much paint should be applied at each coat. Kevin's video shows the spraying but he paints a white car, so it was still hard to see and get a feel for the differences in coat applications. I guess this is something lacking from both dvds
All in all both are great.
Hey Len, did 102 ever exist? You mention it at the end of the 101 video.
I am going to be painting an entire car. Does the paintucation video go over the equipment needed?
Both go over what equipment is used/needed. And again, you can learn from each.
I would get both(though I have neither). They are both helpful. What one leaves a little hazy, the other covers in detail, and vica versa.
OK, look at it this way. Len provides the opportunity for guys like you to come here to his site and get in depth comprehensive information about autobody and paint work. An atmosphere that is friendly and geared towards the hobbiests autobody and paint work. Maintaining a site like this is not free for Len, it costs quite a bit of money. Don't you think its reasonable to show your appreciation for the wealth of information available to you here by purchasing his video ? Actually most people would consider it rude to come here to this site and discuss buying a video from another source.
Its like you guys coming into my commerical autobody shop and discuss taking your car to one of my competitors.
(in case you're wondering I have no connection to this site monetarily, I'm just a frequent visitor here like everyone else ).
Seeing that he joined this month and only has 5 posts, I doubt he has any idea of the situation here, with Len running the site and producing/selling his video.
I own Len's video and three of the Paintucation videos. I say buy all of them, when you're doing this type of stuff, the more you know the better. You don't really want to learn from your mistakes with expensive paint.
A Hobbyist Opinion
I have both videos and both are good. I started out with Len's and I was able to paint my first car and it came out very good. Any questions I had were answered by the experienced guys and especially Len and it was always good advice. For a hobbyist or beginner it is almost as good as having an experience professional standing over your shoulder. I show Len that appreciation by buying as much as I can from him, besides his prices are as good and most of the time better than anyone else. I have never gotten any "JunkĒ products from him. They have all been quality and really fast delivery times. The Painucation series is a good second step and fill in some gaps but I always come back to this forum for advice and just to learn from others questions. So bottom line start with Lenís video and then Paintucation, between the two it will answer most questions and teach you good techniques
phil after 25
years of doing furniture I am not offended if someone comes to me that is considering another shop, am doing a job now and a few more after this for a guy who did just that with four shops and he was set on getting the second two projects done somewhere else before we started.
Nothing wrong with that, he decided who was going to put the most care into the project and looked at each and every shop and what machinery they had etc. He is spending the bosses money and is very concientious. The first is nearing completion and now the other two will come this way.
As far as the Video I bought Lens video and it is good, from hanging around with five different custom painters and restorers over the years I have learned tons from all of them, they all have something to offer, they think different and all have been teachers. From that post up above I would just buy both of them and each will be helpful.
I've never brought either video, just learned by doing and asking a boatload of questions (and still do).
Few if any DVD's. videos, or books are going to give step by step detailed instuctions on every subject needed to completly understand/perform something as complicated as Automotive re-finishing. Too many variables and subjects to cover. The best environment for that is a classroom with an instructor.
Besides each Professional in this industry will take the "etched in stone" rules and develop his/her own style and techinque just like any other. That can be confusing for someone who is starting out but surely will not make one's idea any better than the other's
But I will say this, I agree with Phil V. You can post a question here or even call Len up and ask a question about something in his video or just the subjects themselves.That in addition to getting all the equipment required and having access to the said same resources.
That alone (IMHO) is well worth the price of admission.
It takes different breads of people as to how they learn. I learned by doing but got the bug by what I saw my mentors doing. While the classroom will tell you the why and a lot of theory. Classroom will not teach actual doing. This is where I think the SP 101 shines because you can see. Besides, "101" covers a ton of other issues related to some of the things you would take many cars or projects to learn. I think seeing the video FIRST then getting training in the class, the shop or right here is a plus. There really are no videos for this work or should I say very limited. Henry
Originally Posted by Roch_Greg