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Old 04-12-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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Painting OEM color

Im gathering the parts needed to do the TJ to CJ tailgate mod and the wife wants me to keep the OEM color, midnight blue pearl. You know what they say happy wife, happy life. plus if she likes it, she rides in it more. so with that being said has anyone here shot the factory midnight blue pearl? or know of a place that has it for a good price, im not set up to use anything but a rattle can. Thanks.

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Look on the tag on the door and go to auto zone and get the duplicolor paint in the Chrysler section of the rack it matched mine pretty well.

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paintscratch dot come, matches perfect. nice price, they will ship to your door. I used it to do some body work.
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paintscratch dot come, matches perfect. nice price, they will ship to your door. I used it to do some body work.
Do you have any pictures? Mine is desert pearl (gold) and needs a repaint and I'm looking for a color match.
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Do you have any pictures? Mine is desert pearl (gold) and needs a repaint and I'm looking for a color match.
that's my color as well. I do, I have posted them here a hundred times, let me see if I can find one of the threads. I hate digging through my phone for the pictures lol.

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I actually advise quadratec, here is a link: MOPAR 82400891 - MOPAR® Touch Up Paint 5 oz Spray Can - Quadratec
If you google it and go to the shopping tab and click on quadratec's site from there it will give you free shipping.
Thank you so much for purchasing one of my Cj tailgates as well
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that's my color as well. I do, I have posted them here a hundred times, let me see if I can find one of the threads. I hate digging through my phone for the pictures lol.

EDIT: here ya go, look towards the bottom: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/what...ch-152067.html
Thanks a lot. I have to repaint some replacement front fenders due to a PO accident and also the hood which is peeling clear coat. I thought I might as well repaint the rest of the tub while I'm at it. What did you use for primer?
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Thanks a lot. I have to repaint some replacement front fenders due to a PO accident and also the hood which is peeling clear coat. I thought I might as well repaint the rest of the tub while I'm at it. What did you use for primer?
I think rustoleum professional grade, which I really like. Used the clearcoat on the site. Any good quality will do though I wasn't super impressed. You need to buff and wax and all that good stuff to get the texture smooth like the rest for that big of a job. I never bothered with that little spot.
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Thanks guys, probably going to end up with the part store brand and see if it matches close enough.
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If you want your tailgate to look good so your wife will ride in it more dont use that spray can crap. Have it painted by someone who does it for a living.
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If you want your tailgate to look good so your wife will ride in it more dont use that spray can crap. Have it painted by someone who does it for a living.
Yeah that spray can crap totally looks so bad...

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No its not that it has to look perfectly factory, it just has to be the same rough color so as not to look like i ransacked a junk yard for parts. Thanks for the advice but im really not in a position to turn a $200 mod into a $500 one just to have it perfectly match the OEM color. hell i just realized my jeep is blue but the damn doors are a shade of purple. If the rattle can from the parts store isnt a decent match i will end up getting the stuff from the online suppliers.
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I am just gona say this now, the can from paint scratch is the bigger one, and they mix the paint to match your color based on the VIN number. It will match great. I think it's something like 15-20 bucks for a can and I believe it should be enough to do your whole tailgate. Throw in some cheaper clear coat and you can paint it for like 40 bucks. I can't vouch for the parts store but if the difference in cost isn't much, you might as well have it shipped to you so you don't have to waste gas and time and drive to the store.
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Yeah that spray can crap totally looks so bad...

Yeah it does.
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I am just gona say this now, the can from paint scratch is the bigger one, and they mix the paint to match your color based on the VIN number. It will match great. I think it's something like 15-20 bucks for a can and I believe it should be enough to do your whole tailgate. Throw in some cheaper clear coat and you can paint it for like 40 bucks. I can't vouch for the parts store but if the difference in cost isn't much, you might as well have it shipped to you so you don't have to waste gas and time and drive to the store.
Match great huh? Do u realize how many different formulas for any given paint code there is? Yeah, it will match from my house with one eye shut.
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No its not that it has to look perfectly factory, it just has to be the same rough color so as not to look like i ransacked a junk yard for parts. Thanks for the advice but im really not in a position to turn a $200 mod into a $500 one just to have it perfectly match the OEM color. hell i just realized my jeep is blue but the damn doors are a shade of purple. If the rattle can from the parts store isnt a decent match i will end up getting the stuff from the online suppliers.
And if your gate just needed to be sanded and sprayed $200 would more than cover it.
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Match great huh? Do u realize how many different formulas for any given paint code there is? Yeah, it will match from my house with one eye shut.

Throw up some pics of your personal experience with it real quick, I want to see.
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Throw up some pics of your personal experience with it real quick, I want to see.
My personal experience is that ive been painting cars for twenty years and something that comes out of a rattle can will never look right. I refuse to use the garbage. You say $20 for a can that should paint a whole tailgate, guess if your fine with it lookin like twenty bucks go for it. If your going to fix something fix it right.
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My personal experience is that ive been painting cars for twenty years and something that comes out of a rattle can will never look right. I refuse to use the garbage. You say $20 for a can that should paint a whole tailgate, guess if your fine with it lookin like twenty bucks go for it. If your going to fix something fix it right.
So you have no experience with it... but you knock it. I think we all recognize and agree that there is a difference between professional work and budget spray cans. Just because it's not perfect doesn't mean it's "crap" as you so elegantly put it. You should know, painting a whole piece of a vehicle can be either hit or miss. If the stock paint is faded or oxidized or whatever too much from the original color, a custom blended paint has to be used. This is why professional painters are so valuable. But with a 10 year old vehicle in dark blue, my bet is the paint is pretty close original. With the spare tire mounted up, you barely see the paint anyways. I for one don't have it in my budget to get every part on my jeep painted by a professional, I am adding custom parts all the time, and would be out a few grand if I had everything professionally painted. If the paint job does turn out so terrible for him with the spray paint, he's out 20 bucks and learned a lesson and can take it to a shop.

I don't think this paint job looks so bad, even for an amateur. And I had to blend it. But I guess this is what crap paint gets you:
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So you have no experience with it... but you knock it. I think we all recognize and agree that there is a difference between professional work and budget spray cans. Just because it's not perfect doesn't mean it's "crap" as you so elegantly put it. You should know, painting a whole piece of a vehicle can be either hit or miss. If the stock paint is faded or oxidized or whatever too much from the original color, a custom blended paint has to be used. This is why professional painters are so valuable. But with a 10 year old vehicle in dark blue, my bet is the paint is pretty close original. With the spare tire mounted up, you barely see the paint anyways. I for one don't have it in my budget to get every part on my jeep painted by a professional, I am adding custom parts all the time, and would be out a few grand if I had everything professionally painted. If the paint job does turn out so terrible for him with the spray paint, he's out 20 bucks and learned a lesson and can take it to a shop.

I don't think this paint job looks so bad, even for an amateur. And I had to blend it. But I guess this is what crap paint gets you:
Yeah and i wont either. Ive got no problem with rattle can for trim, interior etc. but when your talking exterior then yeah, its an inferior product. And what am i supposed to be looking at here? You want me to judge a paint job over the computer? Thats like listening to magic on the radio, but it looks like theres a huge dark spot and that body line looks like crap
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You are right kris, but if you talk to anyone that does something for a living they will pick apart anything that isnt done "correctly". but its a jeep for crying out loud, not a trailer queen, but its not a "rat" jeep either. as long as its going to look decent and not break the bank im good with it. Thank you very much for your opinion but an extra $200 goes a long way into other jeep mods. besides, you should know better than anyone, half the battle with body work is prep, and not rushing your final product.
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I don't know, if it looks like crap you should be able to figure out exactly where is it. And I agree with you about the body line, take that up with the factory though
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I don't know, if it looks like crap you should be able to figure out exactly where is it. And I agree with you about the body line, take that up with the factory though
Like i said dude, judging a paint job over the computer is like listening to magic on the radio but if your close id love to come down and pick apart your rattle can paint job that you bought online and its gonna match because you gave them your vin. Sorry im not buying it for one second.
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Okay. Well I have never had anyone notice it in person, or from pictures, and have had several people tell me it is a great amateur job. That's good enough for me. Honestly I don't care the slightest about what you think. I agree that it won't be as good as a professional, but you are dead wrong about it being crap.
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Okay. Well I have never had anyone notice it in person, or from pictures, and have had several people tell me it is a great amateur job. That's good enough for me. Honestly I don't care the slightest about what you think. I agree that it won't be as good as a professional, but you are dead wrong about it being crap.
See how long it holds up to U.V. Light and water. Etc. rattle can on the exterior paint of a vehicle is crap. It has absolutely no film build, no solids in it what so ever, no holdout, and no uv protection... CRAP. And FYI paint is one thing im not wrong about.
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You are right kris, but if you talk to anyone that does something for a living they will pick apart anything that isnt done "correctly". but its a jeep for crying out loud, not a trailer queen, but its not a "rat" jeep either. as long as its going to look decent and not break the bank im good with it. Thank you very much for your opinion but an extra $200 goes a long way into other jeep mods. besides, you should know better than anyone, half the battle with body work is prep, and not rushing your final product.
Prep is key, yes you are right. And whats his name is right about the spare covering most of it, so why bother spending your time prepping the gate to finish it off half ass. I wouldnt even bother
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well i guess i should be glad that im not you. because my money tree doesn't seem to grow as fast as yours since you apparently take everything you do a professional to have it done. Thanks for the help everyone. got it figured out.
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well i guess i should be glad that im not you. because my money tree doesn't seem to grow as fast as yours since you apparently take everything you do a professional to have it done. Thanks for the help everyone. got it figured out.
I do all my own work. Fab, paint. Everything. I dont want to do it twice. You missed my point
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As a paint shop owner I will say that taking the tailgate to a pro will get you the best match and final product for a price. But with that said if you are not looking for a 100% perfect job and you take your time and prep properly and use a good clear coat and final polish a spray can paint job can come out very close. The biggest thing is to not cheap out with the $5 spray can and get a good quality auto paint in a can. There are several companies that offer this and several places online. You might need to blend into the surrounding area and work it out but a finished product that has been spray painted with quality paint and done right can look better than some of the so called "pro" painters I've seen. Just take you time and prep and sand between coats as needed and you'll be fine. I love how everyone knocks spray painting when in the end it's just an uncontrolable spray gun. If you order the right brand it's almost the same stuff that is coming out of a paint shop. And if the job is done right you can hardly tell the difference. Plus it's a Jeep not a show car...just my opinion. But as a paint shop owner with many years in the business I would rather you take the car to a shop and get a professional job. Just saying.......Good Luck and let me know if you have any questions. As a side note, pearls can be a paint in the @ss to get right so buy an extra can and a test sheet of metal to spray with. Prep the metal with a primer and try the paint there first. If you are too far with a pearl or too close the pearl will spot.
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As a paint shop owner I will say that taking the tailgate to a pro will get you the best match and final product for a price. But with that said if you are not looking for a 100% perfect job and you take your time and prep properly and use a good clear coat and final polish a spray can paint job can come out very close. The biggest thing is to not cheap out with the $5 spray can and get a good quality auto paint in a can. There are several companies that offer this and several places online. You might need to blend into the surrounding area and work it out but a finished product that has been spray painted with quality paint and done right can look better than some of the so called "pro" painters I've seen. Just take you time and prep and sand between coats as needed and you'll be fine. I love how everyone knocks spray painting when in the end it's just an uncontrolable spray gun. If you order the right brand it's almost the same stuff that is coming out of a paint shop. And if the job is done right you can hardly tell the difference. Plus it's a Jeep not a show car...just my opinion. But as a paint shop owner with many years in the business I would rather you take the car to a shop and get a professional job. Just saying.......Good Luck and let me know if you have any questions. As a side note, pearls can be a paint in the @ss to get right so buy an extra can and a test sheet of metal to spray with. Prep the metal with a primer and try the paint there first. If you are too far with a pearl or too close the pearl will spot.
Thank you. I did my research before I went with a can for my body work and there are a lot of happy people with paintscratch.

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