Well the cheaper the better, i'm open to both options.
I recommend doing all the body work/ prep work yourself. Its the most time consuming. Once ready take it to a shop you are confident with and have them tape and shot it. Should save a bundle, unless u feel ambitious and shoot it youself. Ots not too hard, just practice a bit and read about the tricks.
Gotta stand by all you cool guys... Maybe it'll rub off?!
for a complete color change painting the interior and the engine compartment will really run the price up. bed liner on the interior will save you some money. you can rattle can the engine compartment and save some more. like the other poster said do as much prep work as you can yourself. also, consider a single stage paint, cheaper and easier to touch up.
I would suggest the $50 Rustoleum paint job, lots of work, but it is amazing. However for some reason the mods here delete posts regarding it without any explanation as to why. Maybe one had a bad experience.
Google it, you will be surprised.
If you choose to say "plz" because it is shorter than "please" I choose to say "no" because it is shorter than "yes".
Try Maaco. Honestly if you're on a budget, Maaco doesn't do a terrible job. I wouldn't take my classic Musclecar to Maaco but my Jeep. Hell yeah!
Years ago my buddy bought an S-10 Blazer at a state vehicle auction. It was in decent shape but needed a re-paint. He took it to Maaco and for very little money they did a decent job. Again, not show car quality but again....it's a Jeep.
My 94 wrangler has the original red paint. The previous owner fixed a few minor rust spots and shot some red paint over his repairs. The red doesn't quite match. So at the end of the summer I am going to spend a weekend sanding my Jeep down, fixing any minor spots that need attention and taking it to Maaco for a re-shoot.
Sometimes they offer sales or deals where they'll shoot your car for $249.99 and it's really not a bad job.
If you don't have a compressor or a paint gun, or have never painted or mixed your own paint before it might be a better alternative.
The problem with Maaco is they'll get paint everywhere. You can't count on them to do any masking. If you work it out so you can prep everything before they shoot it, you might get lucky. That said, I'd talk to some body shops in the area, tell them you are thinking of Maaco, want to do the prep work, and will they do the spraying. The prep is the hard part anyway.
Just got done painting mine from blue to orange. Primer paint and clear cost me about 250. Did all the work myself and painted myself so saved a lot of money there. But if you want a professional job.... anywhere from 1500-3000 id say.
Here is mine after the base coats. Came out great but Looks even better now that i sprayed the clear.
Instead of Rustoleum I like the tractor enamel from Tractor Supply. They also have a hardener that goes with it. Or look in to paints from TCP Global - Quality & Service Since 1974 they have paint kits in >100 factory colors. They have multiple different paint kits from single stage enamels to 2 stage urethanes. They are a complete paint and body supply with really good prices.
1992 Wrangler 2.5l 5spd.
Yes it's a money pit, but it's my money pit.
I always try to save money and do the work myself. Helps that my father is a mechanic with great paint skill thought!!
1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ Rio Grande, 2.5L, 5-Speed, 31x10.50x15's on Pacer's, Stock Suspension, 2" BL, 12000lb Rough Country Winch, 6 KC's for Night Wheelin', Hi-Lift on the Hood, Smittybuilt XRC Front Bumper, and Hopefully More to Come!