Originally Posted by Jathanw
Thanks. This is all new to me. I want it to be original so red and white. But is it straight red and white, or different shade? What would be best way to make it look like new? Automotive paint? My goal is to get it done and build a cabinet for it. Wood I know about, this metal work and painting I'm learning. I don't plan to go pro and start hot rodding so a decent gun from hf will do. I have 6gal compressor in my shed.
For the size of job your doing a 6 gallon compressor would be fine and as Gearheadslife said, Harbor Freight can probably sell you a touch up gun (that's all you would need for toys for about $20 or less). As far as paint goes, the automotive paint jobbers should have paint codes for Texaco if you plan on going that route. This would be the premium way to go. As I mentioned automotive paint is expensive and if your planning on the exact color be prepared to pay. Pints of red singe stage (and a pint is much more than you would need but probably the smallest size any jobber would mix) could cost over $100...White would be about 1/2 of that...then you need hardner and reducer...You could use a straight enamel but I don't know of too many paint jobbers that still mix it.
This is the best way but unfortunately it's expensive.This is one of those cases that if you want automotive paint on your truck it may be cheaper to bring it to a body shop and have them paint it because they can mix a small amount of paint and you wouldn't need to buy more paint than you need or a paint gun...so unless you can find a place that sells enamel factory pack Texaco colors, it could get expensive.
If you go the automotive paint route, every paint jobber has an economy line of paint, PPG has Omni, Dupont has Nason, this may save you a bit of cash but still costly.
I'm in Canada but I can make a few calls locally to some jobber's I know and see if there is a more economical way to go and get back to you tomorrow. If there is I'm sure that it would be available to you where you live. Or perhaps someone on the forum has a solution.
Let me know if you want me to check it out and I'll get back to tomorrow.