Join Date: May 2002
Location: Dothan, Alabama
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.
'80 CJ7, 258 W/Autojuicer, MC 2100, TFI, SummitRacing CDI, MORE SRS, Moser 1-pc, YJ tub on 1" body lift, YJ family cage.