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post #1 of 155 Old 07-04-2010, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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"The $50 Paint Job", watch and see if it works.

So, I heard of the 'ol $50 paint job and I decided to give it a try. I had been thinking of getting the CJ repainted at a shop when I took a good hit on the trail, I came to the realization; WHY? It is a trail Jeep, not a prade queen. Why should I pay a buch of money for some paint so that I can go out and mess it up.

For those not familiar with said paint job. It is rolled on with a smooth foam roller and uses Rustolium Enamel paint.

I have never done this before so this could be real interesting. We will see!

In case anyone was wondering, I already blew the $50, three-fold.

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post #2 of 155 Old 07-04-2010, 03:47 PM
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Good luck man, I did this same thing to mine last year. I ended up not using any thinner in my paint, and just rolled it on straight? Made for less air bubbles and a smoother roll on.


Plus them little foam brushes leave streaks in your paint you will find out. They only work for places you wont see, or really small places.
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after washing the Jeep yesterday, today I pulled the seats out and sprayed the inside of the tub with Rustolium's spray-in bedliner. I used 5 cans. It's no Line-X, but it will work for my purposes.
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dramatic improvement in the interior .....whats next?

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I did that to mine a couple years back.. I spent around $50 bucks on material and lots and lots of time. It works just fine for what we use our rigs for.

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Next is prepping the body. Starded slinging a little body filler, and figured out that I don't like messing with body filler.
Thanks for thewarning on the foam brushes Crazed Monkey. The plan for those things was for those places I can't get with the roller.

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Nice paint job!

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mmerlina, I am taking a page out of your book with the hood, but with a suprise twist. Sorry but I am not ready to reveal it yet though.

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Dont paint any of it perfectly flat, sometimes the roller holds more paint and cause it to pool in places on flat surfaces.
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Hehe it's cool man. I needed something to break it up cause all that yellow in the sun was way too much reflection. So the black strip worked for me.

Looking forward to seeing how yours comes out! I think the "$50" pertains mostly to the "paint job" and not all the body work. With everything I probably spent the same amount as you, about $150 on everything.. but as fart as paint supplies go it was about $50 bucks. (rustoleum paint, rollers, mineral spirits, other misc stuff)

The guys at work called me crazy while I was doing it.. they kept looking at it halfway done and doubting the finished product. But everyone was real surprised with how it looked when I was done. I couldn't see paying maaco or someone similar $400-$500 for an "okay" paint job when I was just going to scratch it all up anyways. And plus I found the rustoleum paint is a heck of a lot more durable and scratch resistant in the woods than regular car paint.

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I did this to my 1990 dodge mini-van, yours looks much better though
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I am amazed on how well that looks being done with a roller!!
Few questions,
Did you put the paint on straight from can or did you reduce it?
Did you primer first?
Any type of clear coat?
& How many coats?
Seriously considering doing the same to wife's Jeep, different color of course

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There is a post I followed somewhere, I can't seem to find it right now. The guy painted an old school car (I don't remember which one) orange, and it looked pretty sweet. And someone here linked to it at one point.. so I tried it.

Anywho, I reduced it down with mineral spirits. I only used primer in the places that I ground down to bare metal. (to remove the decals and stuff) I planned on doing a clear coat and never did.. it didn't fade too much. I never wash it either.

I think the number of coats is going to depend on how dark the jeep is to start with, and how much you reduce it down. I remember the first coat looked like I was just making a mess. Then the second coat it started looking better. I want to say I did 4 coats, but like I said.. it was reduced down a good amount.

I hope the OP is just considering my input as tips.. I didn't mean to steal the thread.

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I bought the $20 gallon paint from Atwoods, and I didnt reduce mine any. I put one coat on and did it over night, and did touch up the next day, then the next night I was driving it.

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