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Old April 10th, 2008, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default Any reccomendations on a cheap auto paint-job?

Just picked up a 92' Cherokee and I want to paint it black. I think spray paint would be a little tacky.... any other cheap options in the West Michigan area?
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Old April 10th, 2008, 12:49 AM   #2
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Macco?(sp)
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Macco is the cheapest you will ever find as they make their own paint But you get what you pay for, I couldn't paint a car with a good paint in ust meterials alone with out labor
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$250 at maaco
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I had a car painted at Maaco once. I cleaned and scuffed it, and taped off the stuff I thought they might get lazy with. I also removed the lights and other easy stuff. I bought an upgraded paint job for like $500. It turned out suprisingly nice.
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Did this with rustoleum and a DeVilbiss gun....



$38 in materials.

Good enough to stop the cops from putting "abandoned vehicle" stickers on it. It's also possible to get enough automotive quality paint to do the job for about $100
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The $50 Paint Job.

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/...0&fpart=1&vc=1

http://rollyourcar.com/default.aspx

Here's a picture of my Jeep. I don't even think I spent $50 when I did it.
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someone on motownmuscle had a maaco paint job slapped on his thunderbird, look pretty damn good too
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I painted a couple cars in my youth with a paint brush. I did a VW rabbit and I bought a really high quality brush to do it. I took my time and kept all the brush strokes in the same direction. It looked great from 10 feet and beyond. I'm not saying you should do a brush job, this thread just reminded me of when I was young and broke and needed to cover up an ugly car.
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The $50 Paint Job.

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/...0&fpart=1&vc=1

http://rollyourcar.com/default.aspx

Here's a picture of my Jeep. I don't even think I spent $50 when I did it.

I just read through a bunch of that... there's about 200 pages of talk about it. I'm gonna have to try that.

I can't believe how good painting your truck/car with a roller can look!
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You can go to Harbor freight and get a super cheap gun and buy some machine paint and probably do it for under 100 bux. Just take your time and do multiple light coats to keep from running and sagging.
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It's also possible to get enough automotive quality paint to do the job for about $100

Where are you finding that kind of price? LAst time I bought PPG Primer in a gallon it was around $100, then the actual color I spent near that much, and then less on the clear. And then add in the cost of thinner or reducer. That stuff adds up quick. That is for all automotive grade though.

For my truck I cheaped out and went to Ace and bough ta gallon of Black Rust Stop. I didn't apply clear or primer. I had my dad shoot it since he is awesome at painting and mixing. Here are some shots, early a.m. in a gravel driveway.






Of course after abuse it's a little duller and not as shiny without a clear coat, but I haven't cleaned it off once yet and everythign has adhered nice over 2 years now, painted in fall of 06.
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Did this with rustoleum and a DeVilbiss gun....



$38 in materials.

Good enough to stop the cops from putting "abandoned vehicle" stickers on it. It's also possible to get enough automotive quality paint to do the job for about $100
Holy crap that is flippin nice
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Where are you finding that kind of price? LAst time I bought PPG Primer in a gallon it was around $100, then the actual color I spent near that much, and then less on the clear. And then add in the cost of thinner or reducer. That stuff adds up quick. That is for all automotive grade though.
http://www.paintforcars.com/

PPG is really good paint, but also about the most expensive for a factory color finish.

I have a buddy who works at a used car lot, does everything from engines to paint- he told me about paintforcars.com

Here's a video of his Sox&Martin tribute car that started out as a freebie barn turd. I think he has less than $1000 total invested in it, about $200 of it in paint and graphics

http://video.yahoo.com/watch/1805342/5959904

(not sure if you need to be logged in to yahoo for it to play)
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Holy crap that is flippin nice
Thanks, that used to be a comcast service van.
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Did this with rustoleum and a DeVilbiss gun....



$38 in materials.

Good enough to stop the cops from putting "abandoned vehicle" stickers on it. It's also possible to get enough automotive quality paint to do the job for about $100
that is just awsome
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that is just awsome
And I sold it for $2500
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I've had to paint my front clip a couple of times now-I tend to hit trees quite often and mess up the header panel on my truck.

I think I've made almost every mistake possible when painting---this is how I would do a budget (but half-decent) spray-job.

I vote for the cheap ass HF gravity feed spray gun and a gallon or two of flat black rustoleum paint and primer.

You can also get flat black paint pretty cheap @ a painters supply store.

If there is no rust or damage to repair just scuff up the paint, clean with alcohol or some other solvent. (DONT TOUCH FINGER PRINTS FROM BEFORE THE PAINT IS APPLIED WILL SHOW)

Prime the truck. Start @ the top and work your way down. Watch for over spray.

allow to dry

light light light sanding on any rough areas.

wipe down

clean out the gun.

Thin the black paint, and fill the hopper completely. I would do the truck a panel or two at a time. DONT RUN THE HOPPER EMPTY-its like spraying sand on the truck

spray the paint on in one full coat-best results will come if you lay it close to the point where it runs, but dont actually let it run.

If you are going to do a second coat do it as soon as the paint gets tacky-think about 15-20 minutes TOPS- dont paint in the sunlight or on a dusty day. (If the paint dries completely-it will orange peel and/or be very rough)

let it dry and enjoy.

I'm a sucker for a good flat black paint job. The spray gun is optional really-if you dont have a compressor to run it you can try rattle-canning it. I've had good results with the fan-patterned rustoleum heads and flat black is very forgiving. word of advice though, if you rattle can it get the 3 dollar clip on handle so you dont have to hold the button down with your finger (either it will hurt very soon or you will get paint on your finger and cause a drip to spray)
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Also, you don't have to use the roller method with the rustoleum $50 paint job. If you have a compressor and a paint gun, or don't mind buying a real cheap gun, then by all means spray it on.

I simply thinned it out a little bit with some mineral spirits, and it sprayed on great. I used a 3:1 ratio of paint to mineral spirit.

The paint is also "self leveling", so you don't have to worry about orange peel so much.
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I have been using Duplicolor truck bedliner on lots of parts lately. It goes on very easy, is forgiving, and can be sanded/repaired very easily. It comes in 1 gallon containers and can be applied with a spray gun. Also it leaves a nice texture. I would definitely consider painting an older vehicle with this. Search Yahoo for "duplicolor truck bedliner" and you'll find some writeups about complete vehicle bedlining.
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