My question is what is the best paint to use (rm,dupont) and how much is needed is one gallon enough? also for those of you that have had your jeep painted by a body shop what was the cost? I'm trying to decide if i should do it my self.
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seymour of sycamore MRO High Solids Paint is by far the best paint. it is not a main stream name like krylon or rustoleum, but the company has been around for over 60 years. it is much better that that crap that they sell in lowes or home depot.
I wouldn't buy from a hardware store anyhow. Local auto body supply stores are fairly easy to find... In my area at least. I work in a body shop and we use either all PPG paint. Omni is the cheaper version of what we normally use, but we use it on a lot of jobs to save customers some money. One gallon is more than enough to spray a full Jeep. The color will effect how well it covers, and thus how much is actually needed. But with a color that covers fairly well, a gallon would almost be enough for two Jeep tubs. I bought a quart of silver, and that will be enough for spraying my whole front end, easily. Most shops charge around $54/hour because that's what the insurance guys will let you get away with. With all of the prep for a full exterior paint job, along with taping time, materials, spray time (you pay us to wait for paint to dry between coats. Literally.) and buff time, a full job can easily run over $1000 for just an exterior paint job (no door jambs or inner tub) with no body work. If you're one of these guys that says "It's 'just' a Jeep, it doesn't need to look that great", hit up Maaco for a $200 job. Or you can try it yourself. I'm picky about my paint though. So it's really a matter of taste and cost. You'll get what you pay for, but if you try it yourself, there's a chance you'll save some money and get a fulfilling experience at the same time.
I've painted all of my cars with one can of PPG, and have Best Paint trophies all over with this method. It's just a matter of taste. I'm not a spraycan sort of guy, so I use a spray gun, and a compressor. Rattle can paint jobs work too, just not for someone who does this for a living.
It is alot of work and if you have never done it before can be a lot of fun and education.You going to base/clear or go old school. X2 about a gallon of paint, that will be more than enough once its cut down and sprayed. You will have enough left to do it again if it doesn't look right the first go round!! Good Luck
If you're going for a nice finish, I would recommend going base coat / cleat coat.
It is designed for inexperienced painters in high production body shops. Hell, I've shot BC/CC outside and had outstanding results. The only thing you have to really consider is re-coat time. You must clear coat the base withing 40 minutes or else you have to wait like 48 hours (unless they've changed the formulas recently)
But, the MOST IMPORTANT step in ANY paint job is PREP! You do a good job prepping, you're paint job will turn out great.
Good luck. I've been to school for this stuff and if you need ANYTHING just PM me.
so i have a question then. i just picked up some full doors for the winter time(for only $200) to go with the hard top. they're midnight blue and my jeep is emerald green, I planned on doing a new paint job next summer. if i just go buy some matching emerald green spray paint and throw that on the doors for the winter, i can just sand or buff that all back down when i plan to seriously paint the jeep and all of my doors right? i can't imagine why that wouldn't work. and its a cheap fix to keep everything matching.