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Unread 10-17-2006, 05:30 AM   #1
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Spray Paint or Auto Paint?

I am starting to clean up my frame and tub and will be coating everything in the KBS coating, similar to POR15. I will then use a black paint as a topcoat. My question is should I just buy a good quality spray paint for this for should I goy buy a cup gun and special paint from the auto body supply place. Is one any better than the other. Buying the cup gun is not a problem as I plan on repainting the Jeep myself. I would appreciate any advice on this.
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Unread 10-17-2006, 08:31 AM   #2
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I have used both on frames, springs, axles, under the body. etc. I still do use a spray can for touch ups even after I spayed the frame with a gun. I just recently painted the frame and decided to go with a cheaper no name industrial semi gloss black paint and used a spray cup. It is faster and cost me less in the long run. You can buy a cheap spray gun for $30 bucks, paint is about $20 a gallon and it works pretty good.
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Unread 10-17-2006, 11:21 AM   #3
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Rustoleum by the gallon is about $25. It needs thinned a bit to run through a paint gun but works great.
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Unread 10-17-2006, 11:24 AM   #4
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i use an HVLP (high volume, low pressure) gun to spray rustoleum. works great when thinned a bit! plus, if you miss a spot you can buy a color matched rattle can and do some touch up
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Unread 10-17-2006, 01:13 PM   #5
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Not sure if I have seen rustoleum by the gal, but agree that would be the way to go. I normally buy the rustoleum in the can and have been happy with that.
Also how much do y'all cut it? I assume you are using lacquer thinner for cutting. I appreciate the info.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 11:44 AM   #6
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I painted my CJ with Rustoleum Regal Red. I found a site that recomended to use naptha to reduce it with. I mixed it 3:1 and it worked fine.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 12:04 PM   #7
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I just bought a case of Gillespie semi gloss od green in spray cans and am very happy with how the whole jeep turned out.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 12:43 PM   #8
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this is mine done from rattle cans
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Unread 11-11-2010, 02:37 PM   #9
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this is mine done from rattle cans
You painted your whole jeep with rattle cans? what brand?
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Unread 11-11-2010, 02:58 PM   #10
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Ya i plan on using Gillespie Coatings also (lusterless desert sand).... look up rkbell... he did this to his and looks great!

Depends on your use of you rig.... are you wanting show quality or beat the crap out of it?
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Unread 11-11-2010, 03:12 PM   #11
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Ahh... the great debate... I've done both, rattle-can and auto paint to my '80 CJ-7.

Rattle-can... takes about 13 standard cans of Rustoleum to do the exterior, plus 8 or 9 of primer if you want. If you take your time and prep things well, it turns out pretty good... not deep luster like a good autopaint, but shiny color. ( and the whole jeep is the same color... LOL)

Rattle-can paint goes on thin, and has no UV protection, so it will start to change color in a year or two... so when you spray over damage, the same color in the can will not match the paint on the jeep. It will lose its shine over 2 or 3 years and be pretty dull in 4 or 5. For a woods jeep... that's not bad.

The downside is if you decide 4 or 5 years down the road to paint with real paint, you gotta strip off all the rattle-can paint...

Tractor paint is the next step up, is cheap and is said to wear like iron. It doesn't have the UV protection of auto paint, and won't last as long, but is cheap and I read it turns out very nice..... but you gotta have a gun and compressor.

Auto paint can be cheap or expensive, and you'll need a gun and compressor. I shot my CJ with about $500 in materials with a $14 gun and $150 compressor out in my yard.... not a pro job (some bugs and dirts and runs here and there) but I am VERY happy with the results.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 06:02 PM   #12
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You painted your whole jeep with rattle cans? what brand?
Yes I used Gillespie WWII o d green semi gloss took bout 9 cans so I ordered a case and am very happy with how it turned out.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 06:15 PM   #13
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Yes I used Gillespie WWII o d green semi gloss took bout 9 cans so I ordered a case and am very happy with how it turned out.
Did you prime and wetsand? What grit?
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Unread 11-11-2010, 07:14 PM   #14
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I am starting to clean up my frame and tub and will be coating everything in the KBS coating, similar to POR15. I will then use a black paint as a topcoat. My question is should I just buy a good quality spray paint for this for should I goy buy a cup gun and special paint from the auto body supply place. Is one any better than the other. Buying the cup gun is not a problem as I plan on repainting the Jeep myself. I would appreciate any advice on this.
Thanks
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I was going to go with KBS coatings as well until I found Chassis Saver and Monstaliner. Monstaliner is 100% UV resistant! If you haven't bought the KBS stuff yet look into the Chassis Saver and Monstaliner. Links are in my sig.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 10:29 PM   #15
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Did you prime and wetsand? What grit?
I sanded any bad spots with 180/220 then primed any bare metal or areas I sanded alot the scuffed entire jeep with scotch Brite pads maroon ones then wiped entire jeep down with grease/wax remover
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