$50 paint job

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by Skylark350, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. Skylark350

    Skylark350 Well-Known Member

  2. carbineone

    carbineone Well-Known Member

    I would love to see your results when you get it done,post a pic good or bad so we all can see.Need to paint my Rambler but never crossed my mind to do it with roller!
  3. Truzi

    Truzi Perpetual Student

    That looks interesting, but not spraying... sounds like trouble. If you do it, take pictures and let us know how it works out.
  4. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    That Corvair looks great!
    I painted the interior of a work van with Rustoleum. Not too bad, but there was alot of orange peel.
    I would worry about the oil-based enamel drying too slow.....Bet it takes at least a month to harden enough for wet sanding and buffing.
    There must be better paint choices out there. The local Tractor Supply, TSC, has tractor paint that you can add a hardener to. It would be more durable than Rustoleum.
    How 'bout a Rambler in John Deere Green? :laugh: :laugh: :bglasses:
  5. 71GS455

    71GS455 Best Package Wins!

    I think he also had the benefit of starting with a pretty straight car.

    GSXMEN Got Jesus?

    I'm not saying I'd try it, but that does look better than a $50 paint job. :TU:

    Oddly enough.....I've seen pictures of 'rattle can' paint jobs with similar results. A straight body is always the key of course.

    Like they say....."Necessity is the mother of invention".
  7. Skylark350

    Skylark350 Well-Known Member

  8. Skylark350

    Skylark350 Well-Known Member

    I think there is a guy with a Buick on the Mopar site that is in the process or already did it. I was hoping he was on this site, since there are over 100 pages on the other site.

    I'm kinda fired up about this to see if it will work.

    71GS455 - That is one of my motives, the boy has been sanding and sanding and sanding. I think it will help him appreciate just how much work is required to get smooth paint, even if it is just Rustoleum! :laugh:
  9. Skylark350

    Skylark350 Well-Known Member

    The Rustoloeum website has a color chart for all their paints. Based on that, we are going to stick with the Hunter Green that the car was originally painted. In part, it will help hide any mistakes or misses. Mostly because the black vinyl top and green paint just scream muscle car to me.

    I did a spot test with "Hunter Green", way too light of a color. Returned the stuff to Walmart and got the "Dark Hunter Green". Not a perfect match, but close.

    I will take pics of the sanded car this weekend to give a view of what we are starting with. My son should be picking up pretty girls inside of two weeks with his bright & shiny Buick.
  10. Steve Craig

    Steve Craig Gold Level Contributor

    My '83 Ranger cost $40 to paint back in '86. Rusty on the lot I think!
    Tremclad grey. Not bad from 20'. Real bad close up. Used a brush on a hot day.
  11. Truzi

    Truzi Perpetual Student

    I once brush-painted the top of a 74 Camaro with rustoleum. It eventually laid down smoothly, but sanding was an absolute pain. I didn't thin it, though, and my choice of paint was glossy.
    Looking back, it's kind of funny.
  12. bmxmon

    bmxmon Well-Known Member

    wow, that rocks! This is definately how im painting my buick!! Too sweet, that charger looks amazing, especially for $50!
  13. Skylark350

    Skylark350 Well-Known Member

    Truzi - I have rattle canned a few jalopies in my day and they looked OK, at least better than they did before I sprayed them!

    I also used house paint and a roller on a station wagon that I bought with friends. We turned it into the ultimate rally car and cruising special. Funny thing is, I don't remember impressing anyone on cruise nights with it and the motor blew the first time we took it off road. :laugh:

    bmxmon - Go for it! At least that way I won't be the only guy on this board doing it and being made fun of. :TU:
  14. bmxmon

    bmxmon Well-Known Member

    You know, i reconsidered it, and it does seem like a good idea, and I do believe it can be pulled off well if you do the proper prep work (since the guy with the charger has done a couple and had great results, just takes practice) but I dont think im going to do it anymore! My only reason behind this is that my parents own a paint shop (wholesale and retail house paint, metal paint, wood and concrete stains) and I can get DTM paint from them for free! (you can also pick this up from most paint shops, if you guys like i can find out what it cost normally, im thinking around $50/gal) Plus I was planning on spraying anyway, as its alot easier than rolling. I do think i will actually pick up some rustolem and try it out on something though. Here is a link to a guy who it didnt work out for, but to me he is an idiot as he didnt follow the directions, starting with the type of paint! http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=60797&highlight=roll+paint
  15. 70 gsconvt

    70 gsconvt Silver Level contributor

    I don't think I'd do that to my convertible. But that's one heck of an idea for my Regal race-only car. I wanted to change the color. It was gonna be an Earl Scheib or Macco job. But maybe I'll give this a try. The best part is that Lowe's and Home Depot sell this stuff. So with the right coupons and discounts, you can get the stuff for next to nothing!

    Here's a link to Rustoleum and the paint they're talking about with all the color choices:

  16. Skylark350

    Skylark350 Well-Known Member

    I got the paint at Wal-mart but had to go to Lowe's for the right rollers. Total so far is $38, doesn't inlcude sandpaper.

    I have a 96 Impala SS and I wouldn't paint that with this method either. In all likelihood, this Buick will get sprayed some time in the future. However, until then this method is cheap, looks better than the 37 year old paint that is on it now and won't upset me when my son bangs it up a bit.

    The fun begins tomorrow, I'll take pics and start putting them up on Monday.
  17. Truzi

    Truzi Perpetual Student

    I'd like to clarify my last post. I painted it with a brush, lol.
    It did lay down well, probably b/c I put it on thick. No brush marks, but I had drips at the edges.
  18. rickwrench

    rickwrench Wrenchineer

    When I painted the Corvair, I'd spent a good deal of time on the body already. It looks straight now but it had a lot of rust and -many- cone whacks.
    I just picked up a case of Interlux Brightside paint for the next car. Same application method as the Rustoleum (the Interlux is actually designed to be rolled), but it's a marine exterior paint and has good UV inhibitors.
    I used white Rustoleum on the Corvair, so I'm not real worried. Even if it does turn to crap in a year or two I'm not going to be worried.
    It's only been just over a month since I polished it. It's back on the street (as pictured on the site). No wax yet, in the sun and rain most of the day, and is still just as glossy as last month after I hose of the dust. Like everybody else, I'm curious to see how well the gloss holds up. I'll probably wax it when spring rolls around, but take some pics before I do to show what six months of unwaxed weathering looks like.

  19. Skylark350

    Skylark350 Well-Known Member

    Rick - Awesome work on the Corvair and Charger! This method fired my son up to get after his bodywork, and gave him an opportunity to make his car look good without killing his wallet.

    We painted the front end of the car last night and it appears to be working as described. Thanks for posting up on this even though you get beat up a little by some people.

    U da man!
  20. Skylark350

    Skylark350 Well-Known Member

    Just a tickler for now, many more pics to come. You can see that the color is not exact, but this aint a restore so who cares.

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