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wiki article: Cheapo Paint Job

Started this wiki article recently: Cheapo paint job. It looks like this issue comes up frequently, and I think we can save everyone some time, aggravation, and regret by carefully laying out the exact reasons for (in most cases) avoiding the various incarnations of the "Cheapo" paint job.

Please feel free to add to or edit the article. Hopefully, in the future, when this issue does come up again, we can just refer people to the wiki article.

Here's the opener:

Hotrodding forums frequently witness posts by hotrodders endorsing various (and numerous) "Cheapo" methods of painting a vehicle.

The overwhelming consensus of autobody professionals and experienced hotrodders appears to be that, in most cases, "Cheapo" paint jobs simply aren't worthwhile. There are many clever and reasonable ways to save money while build a hot rod, and, overall, aggressively scrimping on the paint job does not seem to be among them. While "Cheapo" jobs may be good for "Cheapo" vehicles (beaters, work or farm vehicles, "practice" cars for learning painting, etc.), they aren't good for vehicles in which you have invested significant amounts of time, money, and effort.

The complexities of the various painting products and application methods can make it difficult for an amateur to understand why scrimping on a paint job is, ultimately, not a wise decision. So, this article has been started in an effort to diminish those complexities. If you are an autobody professional, an experienced hotrodder, or simply someone with good information on the realites of the "Cheapo" paint job, please feel free to add to this article.
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