Quick/cheap DIY paint job on utility truck?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by gmiguy, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Years back I worked Saturdays at a friends dads used car lot . Spent a lot of the time patching up rusty $500 trucks trying to make them $1000 trucks.

    Our paint of choice was oil based implement enamel that we could buy at the time for around $10 a gallon. It worked well , layed out somewhat smooth and once it dried after a few days had a durable finish. Later we found we could use an automotive paint hardener and cut the dry time to overnight. Used to get a good laugh when I would see one of them years later still rolling down the road with my $25 paint job.

    That cheap paint really held up , The only thing I noticed was that you would see some chalking on the hood and roof because it doesnt offer much UV protection. Nice thing was the range of colors was nearly unlimited . IH red , John Deere green, Case orange and so on . Every once in a while we would just mix up the partial cans to come up with an "unusual " color " .
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  2. abramsgunner

    abramsgunner Long timer

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    I've rattled canned a jeep, took I think 7 full cans. It only held up about 3 or 4 years, but it was shiny and the same color. They say you can't paint it with real paint ever again unless you strip it, as the rattle can paint is never really dry?

    I've also done a jeep with HF gun and compressor with a decent single-stage auto paint and hardener.. White was the cheapest and hid imperfections (many of them) very well. I used a razor blade to remove a few bugs and sags. Turned out great. I painted it out in the front yard over a humid August weekend and could not have been happier. I spent a lot of time prepping and a couple days shooting.

    Cheap and easy.... Scrub it down, mask it off, and shoot it with some tractor paint using a cheap gun and just enough compressor to get the job done.

    NOTE: I got all that painting out of my system, too much manual labor for an old man. It was fun, but I don't want to do it again...LOL
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  3. gmiguy

    gmiguy You rode a what to where?

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    Now with pictures.

    Before: Note the extensive paint damage on the hood, large scratches on the flanks, and the missing patches of paint above the rear window.

    During: I recommend a disposable drop cloth if you're doing this in a space you care about; as well as masks over the wheels and bumper etc.

    After: Looks much better, but not quite as good in real life as it does in photos. The damage on the hood is almost invisible, same for the flanks and rear of the cab. I've since put the window back in and put those tires on some nice CL wheels.

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  4. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Sloppy 300 rider Supporter

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    A friend got a DUI and had to go to some classes. He said they were going over statistics and a Red Ford Ranger is the most likely to have an impaired driver behind the wheel. I am sure that number is different these days as the rangers have been out of production for a while.
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  5. StittWall

    StittWall Been here awhile

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    So the Red Ranger was the choice of drunks everywhere :photog:rofl
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  6. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Sloppy 300 rider Supporter

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    It was back when I had a Ranger, he told me about that. Number 2 most likely was a black Jeep wrangler, that is what he had at the time of his DUI.
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  7. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    Nice job. No white racing stripes?
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  8. Johann

    Johann Commuterous Tankslapperous

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    There was an urban myth in the UK that red cars were the most likely to be stopped, followed by the following colours in order, black, pink, blue, brown, green and yellow. Traffic police playing snooker to pass a boring shift.
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  9. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    If you mare OK with it , so am I? I cannot understand rolling on paint when it's far less work and better coating to spray vehicle paint.
    Getting stopped is easy, just go too fast or drive like an idget.
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  10. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    I don't mean to be a naysayer but the truck didn't look too bad before. I would have repaired the paint problems with rattle cans and a brush for the scratches. I found that the Duplicolor Perfect Match cans are a very good match. White doesn't fade much and I repaired a small dent on my '97 F150 and you cannot tell.

    It would have been quicker and cheaper and looked better.
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  11. HeavyMetal

    HeavyMetal Been here awhile

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    Maybe so. But red is the fastest color and it turned out pretty good.
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  12. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.
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  13. nickguzzi

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    Had a mate who was trained as a coach painter. He could slather paint on like it was going out of fashion. The results were stunning. Had a depth that was unfathomable - it was afterall how Rolls Royces used to be finished.

    I have painted furniture and been really surprised how good the finish was, just using a roller. I came across one like a sort of velvet, as recommended by the specialist decorating store. Definitely not a big box place. I tried there after have such disasters trying to use a brush.
    Equally as good as the finish on the set of "Christine Keeler" chairs a mate paid plenty of good money for.
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  14. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff. Supporter

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    Used TotalBoat filler, primer, and Wet Edge to rebuild this fiberglass kayak which came out GREAT and after a week the stuff is hard as nails. After living outside, the red fades a bit but not extreme and can be brought back with polish.
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  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Looks great!
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