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Old 04-20-04, 11:25 PM   #1
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Cheapest way to paint a car??

Ok, i have NO interest in how my racecar looks right now but what is the Cheapest way to paint my car? With spraypaint or roll it on??
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Old 04-20-04, 11:53 PM   #2
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I'd think spray paint would be the cheapest and easiest. Roll on wouldn't be able to get into many of the smaller areas.
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Old 04-21-04, 12:52 AM   #3
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A Brush. With Duron. At Home Depot.

*grin*

We've done it to a few of the junkers my friends used to have...they actually didn't look half bad....from thirty feet away...

*grin*

use the outdoor stuff, it's more water repellent. or, if you wanna look really really cool...

Sand down the whole car...then polish it, bit by bit...
then spray it with clearcoat...it'll look like a delorian!

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use the spray stuff, though it's liable to be expensive, unless you can find a deal for like 15 cans or something.
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Old 04-21-04, 01:40 AM   #5
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Old 04-21-04, 03:38 AM   #6
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A spray can paint job can look half decent, I've done alot of rims in my day, and if you take your time and do it right(clean the surface thouroughly, use primer, multiple thin coats instead of one big thick one, and a nice clear coat) it can look damn near professional. I painted the rims on my Prelude gunmetal, I also masked off the lip, and highights so I had a polished lip/other stuff. The owner of the local bodyshop wanted to know who powdercoated my rims. I'm pretty proud of that.
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Old 04-21-04, 05:48 PM   #8
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yea but im just looking for THE LEAST OUT OF POCKET EXPENSE. I have zero interest in looks because it will get all scratched up anyways. I just want the most paint for the least price.
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Old 04-21-04, 08:01 PM   #9
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The least expensive way and for it to still look good is to paint it the same color here is how to do it. Sand down the clear coat and have them color sand the paint. And then go back and have 2 or three coats of clear coat put back on it. That way you dont ahve to touch the color coat at all. You will still pay something like 800-1000 for this. but it will look brand new BRAND NEW
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Old 04-21-04, 08:35 PM   #10
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Nah, he already said he doesn't much care how it looks. You can paint an entire car for $150 in rattlecans, masking tape and newspaper. You can spend another $100 in decent spraypaint and sandpaper and get a pretty decent finish if you're careful. If you have a decent air compressor, you can get a cheapie HVLP gun from Harbor Freight for less than $100 and start buying paint by the gallon. (Much cheaper in the long run)
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If you wanted to, you could spend about 40 bucks and use pvc pipes to build a paint booth big enough to put the car in. You could use clear plastic sheeting for the roof & walls. Seal off the floors and seams. Then if you had a big enough fan you could use that on one end for venting out the fumes while putting air filters on the other. This will keep the air born particles down. There now you have a cheap portable paint booth that will work just fine.

I'm going to paint my own car in the near future and this is what I'll be doing.
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I like that. All you need to make it complete is a sunny place to put it in to cure the paint and maybe some foil for the ground around the car to hit the underside. You can use cheapie furnace filters for your air intake and seal in whatever fan(s) you can find. I think you could get a pretty decent finish that way, if you decide you care enough to keep airborne dust out of your finish. Plus, it'll make you really popular with any neighbors you might have.
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FDreaming....im thinking of getting my car painted but really dont have 3-4k to dish out to paint my car....do u think using ur spray paint method will do fine for a whole car?

also...anyone that has good website tutorials on how to paint ur car....please list....or just tell me the best and most cost effective way to paint a car....thanks
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I painted a bug with rattle cans once upon a time. It took a surprising number of cans (like 25) to spray on a decent coat.. and at $5 a can it was stupid. Especially when it looked like *** in two weeks.

If you know someone with a spray gun and a compressor that you can borrow, the actual materials to paint with automotive enamel won't cost that much. You should be able to buy a few quarts of single stage enamel in a base color (like black or white) for like $20 a qt. You'd probably need 2 qts for a 1st gen. (I don't know what you're painting..) some reducer ($25) and some hardener ($40).

For that same $100 you can have paint that might actually look good and be much tougher than rattle cans.
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depends on what kind of car insurance you have. vandalize the paint job and have your insurance pay for a good paint job. just pa the deductible lol
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wait a min, i dont think I post the thingy above, i think something happened and i posted in this thread accidently or something... weird
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Go get a cheap macco job.
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yeah for $300 macco will paint that ****, it won't look half bad (for about two or three years) and its perfect for what you're doing
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