Donnie Smith

Donnie Smith's Personal Page on Collision Blast

“Helping Produce Champion in the Collision Repair Industry”

Hello, Donnie Smith here.  Welcome to my personal web page on Collision Blast.

I’ve spent over 20 years in the collision repair industry.  For the past 7-8 years, I have been a full time collision repair instructor.  I started my teaching career in Tyler, Texas teaching collision repair for Tyler Junior College secondary students.

Currently, I am the lead collision repair instructor for Butler Community College.  I am devoted to helping students succeed in this industry.  I do not claim that every student has become successful, as I don’t believe that any instructor can sincerely claim that.  However I will claim, if you will do your part, as a dedicated student; I will do my best, as an instructor, to prepare you with the skills, work ethics and the ability to become a champion in the collision repair industry.  Although, it all starts with you, the student.  If you have what it takes and you live in the Wichita, Kansas area, then I encourage you to enroll in my collision repair program at Butler.  If you live in another area; check out the programs in your area.  There are many stellar programs programs.

In addition to teaching for a college, I also provide training tutorials for the DIY enthusiasts out there.  If you would like to receive free training, I invite you to watch the video at the upper right of this website and join my free auto body and boot camp training.

More About Me and How To Connect With Me:

  • Butler CC Website – Butlers Official Website
  • BCRN – Butler Collision Blog
  • Facebook – My Personal FB Page
  • Facebook – Collision Blast Page
  • LinkedIn – Connect With Me On Linkedin
  • Twitter – Follow Me on Twitter
  • Teamed With To Provide HOW2 For Digital Publication
  • Author – “” Check Out My Amazon Home Page
  • Outstanding Instructor Award – Butler Community College – 2011

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  3. i am learning how to work with house of color candy paint. When I open the can of candy they are dark in color and after spraying two coats its dark but the tech sheet says desired results in six coats. I called the hok tech line and Jeff said that I can dillute the candy with uc35 clear. Is this true. And one more question I dont have a high powered compressor it is a 2hp 29 gallon compressor and I am usind a transtar 1.4 gun which has 22psi inlet and gives 4cfm and 9.6psi at the cap. It is a lvlp spray gun. I dont have a place to put a two stage compressor setup at the moment but eventually I will. Should I raise the pressure to shoot the clear or leave it at 22psi? (my clear coat is coming out dull) And one more: would the Iwata lph 400 lvx orange cap work with my compressor, would you recommend it? Thank you.

    • Yes, you can add clear, which will decrease the amount of color being applies. However, the desired effect is whatever you like. If you like 2 to 3 coats better than 6 coat go with 2 to 3. Do a test panel. Spray the base and mask the panel with 6 strips of 2″ tape. Spray 1 coat and pull a strip off, then another coat and pull a strip off. Do this untill all of the tape is pulled off. Then go ahead and clear coat it. Once dry, see which color you like the best. Then go with what looks the best. As far as the compressor, that sound a little small. I don’t think that has enough volume to paint correctly. Clear should be applied full wet, to get the glossy appearance. 22 psi sound fine with an Iwata, but you will need more volume in my opinion.

  4. This really answered my problem, thank you!

  5. Nice post!

  6. jean paul perrault says:

    I figured out why the candy was coming out so dark, I had the fluid control screw out very far. I turned it in to two and a half turns out and sprayed. The color on the panel was very light and I should say I am pleased. I kept spraying and in five coats the teal looked like a deep green, but in two it looked like a blueish green type of color. My next question is “what should the pressure in the line be to the gun?” I get confused because it takes 80 psi to get 23 psi at the inlet of my Devilbiss finishline. The volume of air that comes out is alot is this right? Or shoul I invest in an Iwata with the lower pressure?

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  9. I have a paint related question and you came to mind as to where i may get a reliable answer. I just don’t want to post it as a comment without your permission due to it not being a comment. Please respond. Thanks

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