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Old 01-31-2014, 11:32 AM
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Painting question.

Hello Guys,

I've recently thought about painting my YJ as old paint is diminishing and does not looks fresh.

I have no tools to do the Job with spray gun nor do i have a garage. I heard that some people do paint with Aerosol paint and seems like it comes out just fine. So my question is, should i do it with aerosol pain or it will look like crap? and if aerosol will work out, than what brands i should look for so it lasts and retains the fresh look the longest?

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Old 01-31-2014, 11:44 AM   #2
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you can get a decent looking job with spray cans but it won't hold a shine for more than a year. you can also do a rustoleum paint job with a roller, its very labor intensive.
heres a site that shows you how.

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Old 01-31-2014, 11:52 AM   #3
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in my opinion,if you want to maintain the looks,therefore maintaining the value of your jeep,then get a quality paint job with automotive paint..if you paint it with aerosol or a roller and then decide to have it repainted by a shop,it will cost you a heck of a lot more for prep work
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:14 PM   #4
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I did a rattle can paint job on my car and with in a year it was faded and lacked its shine. Granted it was orange so then I decided to rhinoline the entire car which was cool but I knew at that point if I ever wanted to sand it down and start fresh it was going to be next to impossible. that was on my 91 YJ on my 95 YJ I bought a spray gun from harbor freight and sprayed it with acrylic paint and cleared it. This has held up for 2 years and still looks good.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:33 PM   #5
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If you dont have a compressor rent or borrow one. Buy one of those Harbor Freight guns, I have one I use it regulary and it works great.While you are at HF buy one of the orbital sanders (electric) they work good too and are cheap. Sand the entire Jeep with 220-320 sanding discs be sure to thoroughly sand all the small spots.Wipe down with prep sol and spray with auto paint.If you take your time you can get a decent job.
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:42 PM   #6
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This one was painted completely top to bottom with spray cans.

But its all in knowing how. And having many years of experience in painting vehicles. Prep work is everything.

If you don't have the proper tools, and have never done it before, then my suggestion is to take it to someone to have it done. It takes a lot of work and a lot of time to paint with a spray can and have it turn out good.

Painting outside requires the correct day, in either early spring or late fall, when the temp is right and there isn't any bugs in the air. The steel has to be above 70 degrees (for paint to stick), but in the shade or it will dry too fast. (dull finish).
'87 YJ, 4.2L built and bored, 8" of lift, 8.8 rear, AX15/NP 231J, Tom Woods drive shafts, Flat fenders, 12,000LB winch, Custom bumpers, Rattle can paint job. Never completed...
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:49 AM
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thank you guys, i guess new paint will wait a little.

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