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paint own truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by stressed, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. stressed

    stressed LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    i have 2 trucks,one maroon and one black...id like to paint the maroon one black do i will have 2 black trucks..to have it done professionally it is 3-4 grand.Thinken about painten it myself...any ideas
  2. walmart $.99 spray cans.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    if you know what your doing and take your time it should come out pretty nice. dont rush it and dont cheap out when buying the paint either
  4. mini14

    mini14 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 236

    get a good spray gun and a respirator, i do mine every 3 years. i do just the bed 8 x 12 x 48 inside and out 2gals paint and reducer, hardener, $300 scratch it up mask and paint 4hrs.
  5. Panhead

    Panhead LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    Don't spray can it cause it will look like garbage. Get a decent spray gun and good paint, it'll last you more than 3 years. And money will be well spent.
  6. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    The trick to doing a DIY paint job is to do it anywhere but outside,even if you have sheets of plastic set up around the truck to keep the wind out, and never use anything that comes in a spray can!! The finish will not last, and will turn out dull with lots of orange peel, Plus it will chip and peel off over time. no matter how great the quality of the spray paint. You can get cheap regular auto paint at any auto paint shop. Or you could try to get a vocational school to do it, usually they will do it for just the cost of the paint.
  7. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 610

    $3-4k to paint a pick up truck???? wow thats high. around here its about 1k for a single stage paint job. If you go 2 part base plus clear you might be near $1600. I just went today to the bodyshop to get a price to paint a gmc 6500 forestry bucket truck quoted me $2k. Thats alot of truck to prep, prime, and paint.
  8. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Posts: 912

    Was that just for the cab or was it for both the cab and chassis?
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    If your doing it yourself it don't matter what paint you get, it will look like azz no matter what.
  10. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 610

    that was for the whole truck.

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    Last edited: Jan 15, 2010

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