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Rattle can paint job?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by StihlMechanic, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,133

  2. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,887

    Did you ever do it and if so, how did it come out?
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,892

    I'm sure it's a stellar 50-50 job. From 50 feet passing by at 50mph it looks great. Then you go to wash it and end up with more blotches than a 14 year old kid.:usflag:
  4. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Posts: 568

    Not that you would really want to do this but..... back in the 60s I worked at a couple car dealerships in detailing. One great old guy I worked with was in his 70s then and always had stories about the old days.

    Said he use to brush paint cars. Getting everything perfect was the secret. super clean room about 90 degrees... paint perfect consistency... right brush for size and bristles. They would strip down to their underwear and not stop painting until they finished.

    Said they would look like glass. You look how nice a professional house painter can make something look with a brush. Guess when you need to do something you can.

    But today.... I'd just get some Valspar and a cheap gun.
  5. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 454

    Use rustoleum in a can. Thin it out and spray with a cheap harbor frieght spray gun.

    It will look great. (clearcoat will cost you extra)

    If you google, lots of guys do it and looks great. You will find good ratios for thinning it down.

    My brother did his F250 and it looks great. He used matt black.
  6. swanny

    swanny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 656

    Easy method - go to Sherwin Williams and buy some of their equipment paint (acrylic or oil, gloss or semi-gloss) along with a 4" foam roller. You'll be amazed at how quick and easy it goes on and how it'll look afterwards.
  7. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,133

    Nah, not yet. Been busy with other cheapskate projects like building a shed out of pallets and designing a grey water irrigation system.

    Yeah I have a siphon sprayer, I just like the rustoleum paint that I can only find in a 12 oz can. Planning to just pick a different paint from somewhere and shoot it with the sprayer. Maybe next month?
  8. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,133

    Well it already looks that way. I lose paint everyday just from a light breeze.
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,892

    You sound like a character right out of the Red Green Show.
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