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Unread 01-30-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Advice on paint

I'm doing a full body off restoration job on a '77 CJ. The tub was pretty well shot, and debated about just buying a new one, but didn't want to part with the bones to get one. And since I'm handy with a welder I am tackling the job myself. Its been an interesting process, but I'm getting closer to the painting part of it.

This isn't going to be a showroom jeep, its will be a trail-runner so I don't care about glossing or flawless finishes. Practicality trumps appearance.

Does rhino lining under the tub work good? This jeep will be almost exclusively driven on dirt and gravel roads. I want to paint it to look like a Humvee, with the flat sand/tan color. I've done some reading on the CARC that they paint Humvees with and it looks like something that I wouldn't want to do in my shop. Can you paint over rhino lining? because I'd like to rhino line my floor too, but don't want my floors black.

I have an air compressor and simple paint gun, so I could just buy a couple of gallons of flat tan Rust-o-leum, any other options?
If I took it to a paint shop how much does that CARC cost? will it break the bank, or is it reasonable.

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Unread 01-30-2014, 01:42 PM   #2
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I used Valspar dark green metallic on my CJ 7. I wanted it to look ok but I drive it all over the place. DD,trail rider,mud pits,etc. Paint was 35.00/gal plus the reducer and hardener. I actually spent more money on my urethane primer than my paint. Was easy to do in my home garage. Its not perfect,but it looks ok and I'M happy with it.



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Unread 01-30-2014, 01:47 PM   #3
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Btw prep is probably more important that anything else. The better the prep the better the outcome.

I also used a spray-on undercoating on the bottom of my cj,from advanced auto.

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Unread 01-30-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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Personally, I wouldn't want to paint it with any color or any product that I couldn't readily find touch up paint for at the local auto parts store. If you like the desert color, I think Jeep offered a Desert Sand color OEM. Most of those paints can be sprayed by the home gamer with good prep and basic equipment.
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Unread 01-30-2014, 06:22 PM   #5
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use a satin finish paint. hides the scratches and imperfections very well. buy a quart or two, then just a couple of spray cans of the same color for touch ups after trail riding. mine has held up very well for over 5 years now. it's on my ranger pu. i will be using satin paint again this summer for my cj5. lots of colors available in satin.
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Unread 01-30-2014, 06:30 PM   #6
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When I get to painting mine I plan on use paint from Tractor supply. Only about $35 a gallon. You can buy hardener which will reduce the dry time dramaiclly. Stuff is tough. It also comes in spray can so you can touch it up. I plan to use the color International Harvester White which is actually Tan
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Unread 01-30-2014, 06:41 PM   #7
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I'm doing a full body off restoration job on a '77 CJ. The tub was pretty well shot, and debated about just buying a new one, but didn't want to part with the bones to get one. And since I'm handy with a welder I am tackling the job myself. Its been an interesting process, but I'm getting closer to the painting part of it.

This isn't going to be a showroom jeep, its will be a trail-runner so I don't care about glossing or flawless finishes. Practicality trumps appearance.

Does rhino lining under the tub work good? This jeep will be almost exclusively driven on dirt and gravel roads. I want to paint it to look like a Humvee, with the flat sand/tan color. I've done some reading on the CARC that they paint Humvees with and it looks like something that I wouldn't want to do in my shop. Can you paint over rhino lining? because I'd like to rhino line my floor too, but don't want my floors black.

I have an air compressor and simple paint gun, so I could just buy a couple of gallons of flat tan Rust-o-leum, any other options?
If I took it to a paint shop how much does that CARC cost? will it break the bank, or is it reasonable.
If you want CARC without the insane CARC costs, read through this thread: LINK I aint done it personally on my M35, but I have seen the results. Its pretty close.
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