Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Economy" Paint Job

So I was looking around the web last night and found an interesting idea. Ever since I got my car I have wanted to redo the paint job. It has quite a few blemishes. The previous Owner did not do a very good job on the paint. There is a spot on the hood where the paint has flaked off. On the rear fenders the paint has chipped off, and there are some spots where he simply painted over the rust.

 The only problem is that painting a car can be expensive, and I can't afford a whole lot. So I was left with the option of doing it on my own, well I would still have to pay for the equipment and automotive paint can still be somewhat pricey. So I found the poor man's way of doing it or as I prefer the "economy" way, Rustoleum.

White car painted with Rusoleum
Blue Car with Rustoleum
Some of you may have heard of this and are disgusted that I would attempt this! But it won't be the permanent paint job, just something to get me through, and I was actually quite impressed with the results shown in the images of the blue and white car. You use Rustoleum protective enamel oil based paint. It is applied with a roller brush after you sand your car and take care of any rust. You apply three cats between which you went sand and use mineral spirits. Then finally you apply a clear coat all for under $200. Pretty nice no? Hopefully I will have a week this summer I can repaint my car, maybe even before my area's big car show! At any rate, what do you guys think? The hardest part about all of this though is the color, I'm thinking either a dark green or blue? Any suggestions on this project?

If anyone else is interested in this here is a link to a video I found very helpful: Rustoleum Paint Job


  1. I've read different things about doing this; mostly it seems to split along the lines of those who can afford to spray their own paint (or have it sprayed) and those who can't, with the former deriding the procedure and (some of) the latter endorsing it. If you do it, be prepared to do a *lot* of sanding. And you're better off sticking to very light colors because they don't show imperfections as much. Dark green is gonna be a killer.

    Do you ever go on The Samba? There are probably a dozen threads related to people doing this.


  2. Alright so maybe the white would be a good choice, less imperfections showing. I have been to the Samba, but I didn't think to check this out on there, thanks I'll go there next. I appreciate your comments.