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Cheap-ish Paint Job- Spray can?

I've got a 79 Chevy C-10 pickup. The body is in pretty good shape (not perfect but not bad either) but the paint is very thin in many places and it a nasty gold-ish color on top of that. All faded out, not shiny anymore.

I've gotten good at using a spray can to paint things with, i'm always painting something. An engine, or whatever. If the proper preparations were made, would there be anything wrong with using some spray cans of paint to paint over my nasty gold colored truck?

I don't have a professional paint spraying gun, a sufficient compressor (measly 20 gal 8cfm @ 40 psi oil less Campbell Hausfeld), or any air dryers, etc. Nor do I have a nice indoor dry dust free environment to paint in. I don't have the money nor the desire to let a shop do the job (If you want anything done right you have to do it yourself anyways usually) and a cheap paint job from a body shop will probably be worse than a spray can job, and maybe be uglier too.

I think with the proper preparation and technique using spray cans would be fine. I could do it a piece at a time if needed. And if i use rustoleum, it would even be glossy and tough. No clear coat needed.

Anything would have to look better than this nasty gold, right? And if I do this, will it effect how it will hold paint in the future if i should ever get the chance to get it done RIGHT?

I am thinking Red, or Black. Also, what can i do to get rid of the trim on this truck? There will be holes under the trim where they riveted the trim on or something. How do i fix that?
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I would do something for the tailgate and rear bumper and leave the rest.
If you just want a cheap half way decent paint job, why not take it to maco or earl sheib or something?
Or, you could give it to me as I would be happy to have what you've got!
I call this my "rat truck" as you can see in the picture, it's a little rusty but the engine and drive line is excellent. m
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rattle can is not going to look good, it is also not going to hold up, as rustoleum has no UV protection. it also will need to be removed if you choose to paint it with real paint

20 gallon 8cfm compressor, with a simple air drier using a cheap $30 campbell hausfeld gravity feed spray gun is going to look better, and last longer. wet the ground beneath with a garden hose
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I think with the proper preparation and technique using spray cans would be fine. I could do it a piece at a time if needed. And if i use rustoleum, it would even be glossy and tough. No clear coat needed.
that?
how about that 50 dollar roll on paint job?....

here is the link of the guy that started this revolution..
http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/...0&fpart=1&vc=1

here is another link
$98 Roller Paint Job in Hot Rod

hope this work for you...
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maaco is advertizeing their one paint job for 249 right now ,they will tape it off and spray it , much better than a spray can job that won't look good and won't last long.
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maaco is advertizeing their one paint job for 249 right now ,they will tape it off and spray it , much better than a spray can job that won't look good and won't last long.
You got that right, the will tape it off and spray it. and that's all they will do. They don't know what sanding is.

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how about that 50 dollar roll on paint job?....

here is the link of the guy that started this revolution..
http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/...0&fpart=1&vc=1

here is another link
$98 Roller Paint Job in Hot Rod

hope this work for you...
This is probably the most hassle-free way to do a cheap paint job. I'll add a link to this list:

$75 Paint Job
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If you are careful, it could come out ok. You would need to do a lot of prep work. You'll actually spend a lot of money buying spray cans.

It would be better to do the Priming yourself, and then take it get painted at a good body shop.
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Spray Job

Ok, I admit it, I've done it. I had a 64 box nova with a blue paint job with a red hood and a white drivers door. I got so sick of looking at it I decided to take cheap drastic measures and bought a 12 can case of ford engine blue. (Half price sale I was that cheap).

I scrubbed the car with a brush and tide detegent, let it dry, taped off the trim, bumpers, windows, grill, and door handles, and went for it.

I used 6 cans for a first light coat and the other 6 for the final coat. (Probably take more for your truck) 6 hours later it looked like a whole different car.

I'm warning you though, My button fingers on both hands hurt for a week!
They sell clip on handles for spray cans now I think it's Harbor Freight.

This was back in 1975 when Maco was doing a paint job for $99.95. I spent about 30 bucks!
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dont know whare your located but if you got an earl sheibe near you they are cheap. dont expect much.. maybe even just put in in black primer ...
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I've done it a few times.
Again back when engine enamel was less expensive.
I used semi gloss black duplicolor on an S10.
Not much prep was done (needed).
The key I think to getting it to look right is to have enough ready and keep laying it on until the whole panel is tacky/wet (one thick coat), this way there are no dry spray lines.
And believe it or not it held up quite well in the florida sun.

I think a lot of people mess up and go with flat black, it seems to chaulk off in short time.

Also it looks like duplicolor has been bought out by rustoleum, or at least the local auto parts store now carries only rustoleum engine enamel, and it sucks.
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Guys i'm brand new here but this thread caught my eye. I have an 80 cutlass that is in pretty good condition except for the fact that it's met brown with a tan vinyl roof.

I'm considering going Spray can again. A few year back I had a 1st gen RX7 with a SBC stuffed in it. It was a street / track toy and never intended to be a show car. The only problem with it was the fact that it was several different colors. I used A Duplicolor bumper paint that was pretty new to the market at the time. It looked kinda like a satin but layed down pretty well. I simply scuffed, Primed and painted it the car doing one panel at a time. All told it took 20 cans or so to complete but I put on 3 coats. It looked great I got compliments on the paint job many times. No one could believe the it was rattle can stuff and it lasted for the 5 years I had the car. It was just starting to show some fade and wear in the last year.
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