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$200 driveway paint job

Post by dhw3971 on Mon May 19, 2014 4:04 pm

After enduring enough "Whazzat? a HEARSE?" jokes I painted my station wagon the original blue color.  Due to a limited budget and a less-than-pristine original car I loosely followed a tutorial I found online that taught you how to fake a sun-bleached, weathered and rusted patina.  The video showed how to use rollers and brushes to get a lot of texture and pattern on the basecoats, and then by sanding down through the color coat you expose the layers underneath.

I started by sanding down one side of the car (which I learned later was a mistake; I removed too much black AND made a mess of my garage) and then moved on to lightly sanding the remaining black portions of the car.  Then, I brushed on RustOleum bare metal primer and built up some good texture.  After that, I sprayed on the original color coat (8 ounces at a time)  using a disposable Preval sprayer. I actually got some glossy areas but the overall result was spotty, drippy, and orange peel-y but that's what I was going for.

After the blue was down I moved on to sanding down the high spots and attempting to give the car a dull finish overall.  I had really good luck on the roof, where I got a nice exposure of the black, gray and blue colors.  The rest of the car is still in progress  but the nice thing is that I can't screw up a paint job like this!" />
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Post by dhw3971 on Mon May 19, 2014 4:13 pm

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Once I get the sanding completed and the finish looking the way I want I'll add more photos...the ones you see here are about 1.5 weeks old. I've done a lot of wet sanding and paint spraying in the meantime.
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Post by driveit on Mon May 19, 2014 5:12 pm

Cool. Waiting on more pics.
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Post by chevellelaguna on Mon May 19, 2014 5:28 pm

I'm really liking the "look". It's a resourceful alternative, and looks good on the car! Great job, that's probably more work than painting the car a solid color!
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Post by 77mali on Mon May 19, 2014 6:59 pm

It takes a lot of work to get that look right. Nice job.
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Post by Brainstain on Tue May 20, 2014 6:54 am

After sanding on my wagon I have to ask.. Did you sand the back quarters down before painting either time and find a crazy layer of colors? I sanded mine down and apparently the whole main body was painted a couple different times and I can only guess it was factory. I'll see if I can find a picture.

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Post by ratnfested on Tue May 20, 2014 8:58 am

Clear coat it.
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Post by dhw3971 on Tue May 20, 2014 11:54 am

Brainstain wrote:After sanding on my wagon I have to ask..  Did you sand the back quarters down before painting either time and find a crazy layer of colors?  I sanded mine down and apparently the whole main body was painted a couple different times and I can only guess it was factory.  I'll see if I can find a picture.


No surprises like that!  All I found was grey primer and red oxide primer...results of paint jobs gone bad yeeeaars ago.


And yes, it has taken a lot of sanding to expose the black and grey. I learned I put too much color on certain places which resulted in having to sand more than had I just given it a dusting with the blue. I have also thought about spraying on a clear satin coat so that everything gets a uniform sheen. At this point, I'm spending all my time sanding down the spots that are too shiny.
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Post by Brainstain on Tue May 20, 2014 2:08 pm

I believe it's black on the bottom, yellow, then red oxide, a purple color and then the antique white/old refrigerator color on the outside.

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Post by dhw3971 on Fri May 23, 2014 11:14 am

Here are photos taken yesterday.  I don't know if I'm getting close to a bad paint job but the overall effect looks good from a distance. I might hit a few places with a buffer but I'm not sure about that yet. I have a feeling I'll never be completely done with this...probably at some point I'll just get tired of sanding and say it's "good enough".





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Post by badtemper44 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:04 am

I am really digging how this is turning out!
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Post by driveit on Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:58 am

Pretty cool.
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Post by dhw3971 on Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:53 pm

Here she is at Discount Tire awaiting new wheels.



New wheels installed (MB "Old School" wheels):


Car show in Cadillac, MI:


In Traverse City with the National Cherry Festival Queen and Court:
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Post by 77mali on Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:53 pm

Did you fit all those gals in the wagon?

Lookin good!
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Post by pila on Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:18 pm

Nothing like some pretty girls to make a car look good..... Very Happy 

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Post by dhw3971 on Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:53 am

yup, everywhere I go that's my problem: chicks can't stay away!
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