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Unread 06-12-2002, 10:02 PM   #1
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CHEAP Paint Job

Does anyone have any good advice about cheap paint jobs? This is for my wife, I love my Jeep, but she hates the way it looks. I can do the hardtop myself, but I want to take the Jeep and have it done.

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Unread 06-13-2002, 04:33 AM   #2
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I'm quite happy with my cheapo Maaco paint job. I'm sure auto-paint experts would find flaws - but for me - my 1992 looks like new.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 04:34 AM   #3
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I'm quite happy with my cheapo Maaco paint job. I'm sure auto-paint experts would find flaws - but for me - my 1992 looks like new.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 07:40 AM   #4
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I've never done a Maeco, Earl Scheib type paint job before, but I know from high-quality paint jobs that the more stuff you are willing to remove (trim rings, accessories, etc.), the better the result will be (less stuff to have to tape around and get overspray on). Growing up, my dad was always into restoring old cars and I don't know if this necessary applies, but it seems like it would. Also, I know that sanding down body filler (a thin layer, not gobs of bondo) is a PITA, but any of those dings you can get rid of will be worth it because they will sure show up with a nice shiny finish.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 09:08 AM   #5
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The best thing to do with a vehicle that you think would have Bondo would be to simply sand the paint down, but not all the way down, just enough to ruff up the finish. Then paint over it, (this is not a good idea if you think the car has a couple of paint jobs on it already cuz then it will check. A cheap paint job will chip easily, not good when ur on trails.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 09:13 AM   #6
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rattle can can't get much cheaper.if you(your wife) don't like the color it can very easily be changed.check your phone book for paint shops and call around.shop and compare.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 10:16 AM   #7
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Here in Colorado I found a place to paint mine, waiting to save a bit more money first though.

The quote was 2k for paint that includes prep work and the paint itself. He figured about $550 for the body work, I have a few holes to fill, some surface rust, and the front end does not sit right on the frame. $450 to straighten the frame if it is bent which it could be. Note that the paint materials were $700 more than a Maaco paint job.

You get what you pay for. Maaco will shoot it, and that is about it. Not much prep, you will likely have fish eyes, or runs.

On the other hand, do not be ripped off I called around and alot of places wanted $4500 plus just to prep and shoot it.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 12:09 PM   #8
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The easiest thing to do, is if you have a garage where you could work in comfort is to prep the body yourself as its the most time-consuming of the entire process.

Remove all the door handles, trim pieces, flares .. and then get out the sander. Any body-shop supply place can sell you all the stuff needed to remove the old paint (or if you want to visit Matt's CJ8 page {I have the link at home}, he talks about a paint stripper for airplanes). Once that is done, take your rig over to a "painless dint-remover shop" where they remove the dints without drilling holes in the body, and do not use bondo to finish the job.

After that, you are free to rattle can the red primer on and then visit Maaco for the final job. Once it is fully cured, powerbuff in a teflon-based wax (Turtle wax).

Put everything back together and call it pretty for another year
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Unread 06-13-2002, 01:06 PM   #9
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One other thing--get rid of the RUST before you paint it. Even if you can't afford to replace the panel or weld in a new section, grind what you can out and Ospho the heck out of it because there is NOTHING more depressing than to get the whole thing done, only to have little rust spots creeping through your new paint job in 6 months time. Navel Jelly also works like Ospho--stopping the rust and turning it black before you prime it.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 01:10 PM   #10
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YJ's rarely rust .. that's a CJ problem. YJ's come with galvanized bodies .. love it that way!

87YJ, can you show us a picture of your rig as it stands right now so that we can better understand your situation?
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Unread 06-13-2002, 08:57 PM   #11
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Thanks for everyones help! I went with a cheap Macco paint job. $600.00 Not to bad. I will let everyone know ow it turns out in about a week.

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Unread 06-13-2002, 09:26 PM   #12
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I had macco do my Rx7, it turned out pretty good, to get the best results though you need to get a wax/degreaser product and clean it good. go to a power wash place and spray out every crack and crevice. Spray the wheel wells good. lightly sand the whole thing, make sure you get in all the nocks and cranys, macco is supposed to go over the whoel car but will not get the small areas. You need the wax remover/degreaser so you are not grinding the wax into the paint, it could come out later and cause problems. As others said pull off as much trim that you dont want painted as you can. This will ensure you get a good paint job that will last, its all in the prep. Also when you pick it up, check for dust bunnies etc, the shop I went to was dirty and there were a couple places where dust clumps had got on the wet paint. The loosers did not tack rag it. I was selling the car so did not get into it with them. There should be no runs so make sure, dont accept it if it does not look good. I dont know what they'll do if there's alot of dust in the paint, also not all Macco's are the same so check around in you area for ones with good reps. hope this helps
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Unread 06-14-2002, 11:04 PM   #13
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Originally posted by NaeKid:
<strong>YJ's rarely rust .. that's a CJ problem. YJ's come with galvanized bodies .. love it that way!

87YJ, can you show us a picture of your rig as it stands right now so that we can better understand your situation? </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">YJs rarely rust??? i see many all rotted out, and mine is starting at the winshield frame and i usually see it at the wirdest spots one had a hole right through the top of the fender the size of a quarter and hardly any other rust, and one was rotted out all behind the rear wheels and the rest of the body was prime, weird
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Unread 06-15-2002, 10:46 PM   #14
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