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Post by Limey SE on Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:23 pm

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here's how i painted my car for about $50, it's actually very easy and the results are amazing. First off, get a can of tremclad real orange (or what ever color u want) in the can, not spray, yes tremclad, it is a acrylic/enamel paint which is very durable. next prep your car as if was any other paint job, fix all the rust, ect....no need to prime the car since the tremclad allready contains elements which allow it to be painted over bare metal. next, after prepping the car get a small 4" professional FOAM rollers, it's tiny and has one end rounded off, and the other cut straight, and is a very high density foam. u also need a jug of mineral spirits to thin the paint. The thing i really like about this is that there's no mess, no tapeing the whole car, just key areas, and u can do it in your garage, since your not spraying there is virtually no dust in the air, just clean your garage first, also it does'nt really smell at all, dries overnight and it super tough paint. also it you decide to paint the car professionally later, just prep and paint, there's no need to strip the tremclad. i have done this to a few cars, and i can say it works amazing, u just have to be paitient. next u thin the paint with mineral spirits so it just about as thin as water, a little thicker. get out the roller and paint away, don't get the paint shaked when u buy it, enamel is stirred, otherwise you'll have bubbles in the paint for a week!!! after u do 2 coats, wet sand the whole car, then repeat, 2 coats, wetsand, 2 coats wetsand. i painted the charger using a can since your not spraying the car u use all the paint and not spray 50% in the air, use progressivly finer sand paper each time. it's not really that much work, cause u can stop and start any time, u can do just a door, or the hood, ect. do one panel at a time, and don't stop once you start. once your done the final coat, wetsand with about 1000 grit to a totally smooth finish, and then using a high speed polisher i use a buffing bonnet and turtle wax polishing compound. do the whole car with this, and i'm telling u, depending on the amount of time and paitence you have, the results are amazing. laugh if you want, but for $50 ($30 for paint, about $20 for rollers, sand paper, ect...) it really looks good. also you can do these steps overnight, paint one evening and by morning u can wet sand. i have personally done alot of painting, mostly single stage acrylic enamel, and i've sprayed several cars in my garage with really good professional results, just it stinks, it's a real pain to do, easy to make a mistake, messy, and expensive. The tremclad is awesome paint, the "real orange" is an amazing hemi orange, and almost looks like it has some perl in the sun, awesome color right out of the can. I used this technique on my 1974 beetle also, here are the results:
https://2img.net/h/i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/69martin/Picture10.jpg
the car before:
https://2img.net/h/i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/69martin/IM000475.jpg
another after pic:
https://2img.net/h/i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/69martin/DSC00164.jpg
here is a car i sprayed (71 beetle, midnight blue metalic):
https://2img.net/h/i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/69martin/DSC00194.jpg
here is the car before (71 beetle):
https://2img.net/h/i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/69martin/Picture1.jpg

here's a few pics of the charger done:
https://2img.net/h/i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/69martin/DSC02764.jpg
https://2img.net/h/i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/69martin/DSC02769.jpg

well that's my 2 cents worth, sorry for the long post. i was borred lol
i painted the orange beetle in 1999, and it still looks like the day i painted it, the 71 blue beetle i painted in 2000, and built the car for my dad, i used the same paint on my charger, maybe one day i'll spring for a good paint job, prepping is 90% of the work, stripping the car, sanding, ect.....painting is overrated!!!
So if you have TIME, then i'd say go for it, the worst that could happen is that it does'nt turn out and your out $50, but if your paitient, and expriement with lets say just the trunk pannel and if you like it do the whole car, if not just get it done by someone else for $4000. i don't know about you guys, but i would rather spend the $4000 on other parts like getting the mechanics sorted out and new chrome, cause when u have really nice paint and crappy bumpers, door handles it just sticks out more.



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Post by IndyG3 on Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:46 pm

You can do the same with a can of Rustoleum for the same effect.
If you REALLY wanna do this though, just remember that you have to apply it VERY LIGHTLY on each pass, doing quite a few more coats than regular car paint, and sand it down to get rid of orange peel (if you really care, that is. You are painting your car for $50 anyway!).
If you do this right, it should last a while, but you get what you pay for. I think either Hot Rod or Popular Hot Rodding Magazine did this a lil while back...
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:08 pm

tremclad is made just like rustoleum to my knowledge anyways.........

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Post by IndyG3 on Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:09 pm

That's true. It just blows my mind that you can paint a car for $50 nowadays! Laughing
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Post by orange Juiced on Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:59 pm

Looks great, I can't believe its all rolled on. u don't have to deal with overspray, or worry about tiger stripes. what about the clear?

True the body and prep work is the hardest work u have to do, it took us about a month to smooth everything out on my car.
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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:02 pm

think we might try it on the cougar

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Post by novaderrik on Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:09 am

this is how i'm going to paint my 84 Regal T Type. the Rustoleum blue is a very close match to the stock color- might mix in a touch of black to get it closer.
but before i do that car, i'm going to practice on my daily driver and use Rustoleum black and silver to make my now purple 97 Cavalier into a Dale Sr. tribute car..

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Post by McCauley5983 on Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:38 pm

krylon is much better than rustoleum in my opinion.
it comes out smoother and looks really good. but no matter what you got to take your time and not rush it the rear panel on my car i did with spray paint while it was still on the car and it looks pro

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did my front bumper with spray paint to


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