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Old 05-11-2018, 01:47 PM
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The $50 Rustoleum paint job

Since I will be going on vacation from work, I decided to give this a try. For the next few days ill need to be sanding down the body to give me a smooth surface.

The paint I'm using is applied with a foam roller. Paint mixed with 50/50 mineral spirits. Ill post the link to the page that got me started on this.

I tested this on my driver side fender to see if it something i can work with. Needs to be sanded and buffed but overall not too bad. Ill post a picture of my jeep to give people an idea. I bought my jeep with this flat black paint job.

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Old 05-11-2018, 01:52 PM
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The link http://www.rickwrench.com/index79mas...aint-4mos.html


As you can see I've got a good amount of orange peel. I can't wet sand it this early on since it needs to cure but overall not too bad.

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I did this to a 85 F150 that needed paint BAD. The paint never seemed to get hard, chipped and scratched.rather easily. It's possible I screwed up somewhere in the process. Truck is sold, so I don't know how it'sa holding up. After realizing how easy the paint scratched, I thought that a tractor paint might have worked better, especially since you can buy the hardener.

PM LuckyMac if he doesn't post here. I believe he is a retired auto body man and could probably give you much better advice.
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Old 05-11-2018, 04:33 PM
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That's interesting. I'll have to test its durability as I go along. Tomorrow I plan to wet sand it and maybe buff it by hand. This is just a test run to get my feet wet and practice with mistakes.

I'm going to try to prep the body as much as possible to give myself better odds of having a decent paint job. I figure the paint couldn't look any worse than it does now.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:05 PM
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After wet sanding with 1000 grit and some light hand buffing. I'm thinking this can work so I'm going to proceed with it. I did test durability by flexing the fender and attempting to scratch the finish. It's holding up pretty good, i guess as good as any paint job would.
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Looks good. Good luck.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:44 PM   #7
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That was some very bad orange peel. Did you try blocking the primer after you sprayed it? That may help in the future. You did clear coat it right? Looks good overall though I'd say you did a good job at buffing it
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:37 PM
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Yeah the orange peel was pretty heavy but i wet sanded it with 600 and bumped up to 1000 grit. I'm thinking i could go over it with 2000 and use a good rubbing compound. Like i said this is all by hand for now just to see how it'll come out. The paint itself has the clear coat in it. I simply sanded the body and applied the paint. I live in an apt complex so i can't spray any aerosols or I'll over spray other cars.
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Old 05-23-2018, 06:21 PM
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Finally got the jeep 99% painted. Still need to wet sand and buff pretty much everything. There were a few trouble spots were i sanded down too far and had to repaint.
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Looks pretty good so far. Good luck
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looks sharp
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Thanks. I still haven't done enough to it, for now it looks good enough. It's been too hot to mess with. Here's an updated picture.
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So did it cost more that $50?
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So did it cost more that $50?
It cost me about $70. Mainly because I just bought too much sand paper of assorted grit and some expensive rubbing compound.
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I made some time to pull over and take a few snaps today.
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Looks good. How many hours do you think you gave in it?
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Looks good. How many hours do you think you gave in it?
I would say at least 12. Some days I was able to spend 3 hours on it, others maybe 1 hour. It's still too hot to be outside getting the imperfections out.

I did make a lot of mistakes that set me back a few times though.
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I know this thread is over a year old, but I am gonna be looking into new paint for the rig and loathing spending a ton of money on a hunting/trail/refinery toy. After lookin at the pictures in this post, I followed @UPStrades link back to a Corvair project that was amazing 8+ years down the road. Happy thoughts about it so far, easy touch up is a huge plus. Followed Mr. Corvairs link back farther to the original post on a Mopar forum. I'm on page 5 of 85, and this is looking like an amazing project for the extra car in the fleet. Literally under $50 for paint and materials and guys are putting this paint job on classic cars, muscle cars, CJ5's, and Dodge Neons alike and getting amazing results. Mr UPStrades, how are you enjoying the paint job one year down the road?
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I know this thread is over a year old, but I am gonna be looking into new paint for the rig and loathing spending a ton of money on a hunting/trail/refinery toy. After lookin at the pictures in this post, I followed @UPStrades link back to a Corvair project that was amazing 8+ years down the road. Happy thoughts about it so far, easy touch up is a huge plus. Followed Mr. Corvairs link back farther to the original post on a Mopar forum. I'm on page 5 of 85, and this is looking like an amazing project for the extra car in the fleet. Literally under $50 for paint and materials and guys are putting this paint job on classic cars, muscle cars, CJ5's, and Dodge Neons alike and getting amazing results. Mr UPStrades, how are you enjoying the paint job one year down the road?
If it works that well, It's probably Unobtainable or Illegal for you in California. LOL
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