d. Tips. Below is a list of tips to follow when
(10) Be sure the new paint coating looks wet on
(11) Do not walk over or touch the coating while
(1) Make sure vehicles are clean of oil and dirt;
otherwise the paint will not stick to the surface.
(12) Clean all spray equipment and brushes
(2) Remove and/or sand all loose or flaking
thoroughly at the end of each day.
(13) Keep spray guns clean. It is advisable to
(3) Remove completely all plastic letters and
run thinner through the gun before each filling or clean it
insignia and clean the surface with thinner or solvent to
if there are any signs of caking present.
remove any remaining glue.
(14) Cover paint cans and pots to prevent a skin
(4) Cover all grease fittings to prevent fouling.
from forming on the paint.
(5) Thoroughly stir all new cans of paint before
(15) Maintain good housekeeping in and around
the paint mixing and filling area.
(6) Mix the paint in batches of 3 to 4 gallons and
stir thoroughly before each spray cup is filled.
(7) Adjust paint gun to insure proper paint and
(8) Hold the spray gun close to the work to
3-10. Painting Estimates. a. Some estimates on
prevent excessive overspray or a spray that is too dry.
man-hours and amounts of paint and thinner needed are
given in figure 3-5. These figures were developed in field
(9) Wipe chalk markings off the vehicle as paint
tests of pattern painting and may serve as a rough guide
to the labor and materials required. It must be expected
that the first two to five vehicles painted may take as
much as double the time shown in the table.
Figure 3-5. Pattern painting estimates.
b. The camouflage alkyd enamel sets to the touch in
field conditions is rough on their paint. Retouch painting
is necessary for good durability and appearance of the
2 hours, dries hard in 8 hours, and reaches full hardness
camouflage patterns. The same camouflage alkyd
in 72 hours.
enamel used for the original pattern painting should be
used for any retouch
Operation of vehicles under