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post #31 of 35 Old 08-22-2012, 02:07 PM
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Interesting and some usefull information. So, 1SAS, what is the name of this paint brand? I did the military look as well on my Jeep, and with a professional paint, cost me less the $300, including primer, hardner etc.

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post #32 of 35 Old 08-22-2012, 02:39 PM
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The current contractor is "Gillespe Coatings, Inc." (GCI). Look them up or look for a WWII Jeep parts or jeep surplus parts... they generally carry this brand. If you look them up on the internet, you should find "color swatches" for what they produce. Also they recommend using a synthetic hardener with the paint. One more thing, with my jeep since the colors were close enough and the new color was darker than the original color, I didn't use primer with my spray gun. I used Rustoleum Primer from a rattle can I picked up at Walmart. I wasn't even going to use that but some of my "grinding" projects sanded down to bare metal. Initially I was just going to scuff up the OEM paint, degrease it and go from there. I am sure it would have grabbed just fine. I think the synthetic hardener was $50 and it was enough for four gallons of paint. (I ordered four gallons when the cost was $25 a gallon. The cost is now $30 a gallon.) The reason I bought four gallons was for economy. To ship the paint to you, it requires a Hazard Material Fee/Tax of $80 per box. If you buy four gallons, it is shipped in one box and that fee/tax is divided up on four gallons. It is much cheaper in the long run, plus I don't mind the practice with the extra paint. I hope this helps.

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I was looking at my photos in the previous posts and I should point something out. This was my first time spraying anything that wasn't a rattle can. I was going to practice on my flat bottom (John boat) but I really didn't want to take it all apart. I decided I would try on the bottom of the front fenders. It went very well, very smooth, nice shine and I was impressed. I let the fenders sit in the sun to bake and then made the mistake of shooting the paint on the top while the fender was hot. This paint mist dried immediately upon contact. It didn't "wash together" or spread nicely. It actually gave the finish a rough appearance... my daughters actually liked it for its "non glare" ability, but it wasn't the finish I was looking for. I need to wet sand it down and spray again. The inside of my hood came out perfect but the outside was a different story... The hood was resting against a tree on saw horses. I painted it and it was beautiful! Then I put down the spray gun, it slipped off the saw horses and we grabbed it to minimize damage to the paint. Unfortunately, some smudges were made and again, I haven't wet sanded yet. When all the body work is done, I will paint it all again. Then I will shoot some gloss over it and be done with it. I also have plenty of left over paint for future touch ups, if needed. Live and learn... but learn!

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Nice job, 1SAS.

Gillespie has good products.

The latest fad among military vehicle owners is to use plain old Behr paint from Home Depot - the water-based, exterior paint usually used on homes. It works best in flat and semi-gloss. It is the least expensive way you can go, and reportedly once cured is hard as nails. If you Google you can find the mix codes for various military colors. HD will, of course, mix whatever color you want. This is a good alternative for a work or trail Jeep. If the concept of 'wet sanding' maps to your Jeep, this paint is not for you.
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Well, I put my money where my mouth is...

I took my daughter's jeep in to 1-Day here in Orange CA. They were helpful, friendly and cheap. Here are some quick pics of it when I picked it up today.





I'm planning on doing an autopsy on the paint job and posting the results, good or bad, with pics, within the next few days. Me? I'm extremely happy with the results. More to come...

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