I recently have purchased full hard doors and they need to be painted. I currently have half doors with hard uppers. I have been getting some quotes from a cuople of local shops to get the hard doors painted. After talking with these guys and getting 350 to 400 estimates, pretty much everyone says they won't look good after they are painted. Anyhow I can't decide if I should just sell the hard doors make a couple bucks or keep them and have them painted. What would you do. Keep in mind that I have hard upper doors, so it really wouldn't make that much difference, except for the roll down windows.
The painters all say that my paint, which is 15 yrs old has faded and they will not be able to get a perfect match. Which is fine with me. Most of them want to blend down both sides of the Jeep which I do not want done (overspray everywhere).
Also finish will be different, they say it will stick out like a sore thumb.
I got a set that was in pretty bad shape (paint wise) well it took some work but I got em done and they look good. I went to a paint shop and had them mix me pint up and got a pint of clear. Lots of sanding and prep sprayed them myself. The color is not perfect but it's close enough. Hey its a jeep.
You said that the paint not matching was okay by you, so don't worry about it. Sand 'em, Prime 'em, and paint them black. There you go.
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Originally Posted by HolidayJeep
If that doesn't work, here's what you do. Buy a bunch of burritos and tie them to pieces of string. Then tie the strings to your Jeep. Then, when the meskins come out of the house drawn by the smell, you drive away. The meskins will chase burritos for miles and miles.
Just put them on the color they are. Is changing the color the best place for your next $400 Jeep dollars? I'm sure you can find another place for the money. If you insist on painting them, use Dupli-Color spary cans from Advance or Auto Zone. Since they are doors that you can lay down, it should be easy to keep runs at bay and get a nice job, for cheap. It's a frelling Jeep, pretty paint is not important.
i replaced the front fenders on my 88 YJ and then i had the paint (original) on the body of the jeep matched at a paint shop and they made me some spray paint...i painted the fenders myself with the spray paint and it is a close match that hardly anyone beside myself could notice. keep in mind my jeep is bright yellow, too. i imagine that you would have the same results with your doors that i had. good luck!
Just because it is a jeep it doesn't have to look like crap. I like my rig to look as good as it performs. Anyhow I think I will try painting them myself, if it doesn't work out I will just sell them and use the money for something else. Also the 400 for me isn't really a big issue.
I decided I was going to learn to paint on tuesday.
I went to the paint shop with a sample of what I was trying to match and they mixed up some single stage paint for me. The paint, reducer, and I can't remember the name of the third component ran me $60. Then I bought an HVLP gun for $100 (not the best but not the worst either). I practiced a couple minutes on a box then painted a quarter; horrible orange peel. I figured out my regulator was only capable of 8cfm while the gun ate 16. A $35 reg and a $9 secondary water trap later I did the fender which turned out much better, still a little orange peel but you can't see it unless you're head is closer than a foot or so. The paint isn't a match, new stuff is much shinier I blended it the best I could and it looks decent, should turn out a little better once I polish all the old paint. I can't imagine that a paint shop would have been able to match it that much better even though they would have had no problem writing me a $600 bill.
Total $204 (primer and paper I already had) to paint my quarter and fender and I have the gun, reg, and water trap so the next time around it's only going to run me $60.
If all your doing is doors you don't need a huge compressor either, I used a 22 gallon 2hp Matco compressor which didn't even turn on until I was done. I couldn't do anything bigger than a quarter or a fender at a time though without more air. Oh and I did it in my driveway too, not one bug or piece of dust in the paint somehow.