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what paint should i use on my truck?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by causalitist, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. causalitist

    causalitist LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 610

    i did alot of body work on my old ranger, body looks good now, sanded it, cleaned it, painted with rustoleum automotive primer and then 2 coats of rustoleum white enamel .. these are spray paints. its dry now, but really easy to scratch.. i can scratch it with my finger nail (mind you i have hardcore finger nails) ... this is my crappy truck, so its not a huge deal if it looks perfect.

    if i were to sand it a tad and recoat it ... what should i use?

    what do people use for painting trucks? i realize some commercial paint in a spray gun, but i dont have that, and its a $600 truck, so what works well?

    i swear 6 years ago when i worked for another big landscaping company they had us spray paint the dumptrucks every winter (indoors)

    i just need something a little durable .. that can take more than a finger nail ahhaha
  2. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    automotive paint?
  3. Lurch123

    Lurch123 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Hot Rod magazine had an article on how to paint a car with Rustoleum and a roller. It cost like $100.00 and looked really good. They had to thin it out and wetsand the sheot out of it. Go to their website and look up the article.
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    I think you can get a coupon for a $199.00 paint job. I had them paint a car of mine years ago when it was $99.00 I got it ready and drove it to Earl's. I helped the guy mask it out to save some time. They shot it, baked it and I drove it away.
  5. CustomKare

    CustomKare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 212

    Behr with a Roller!:dancing:
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    leave it primer
  7. Brad Ent

    Brad Ent LawnSite Member
    Posts: 228

    "Begin with the end in mind"
    Get rid of the rattlecans and do it right!
    You can buy an inexpensive primer/sealer and enamel color at your local autobody supply house.
  8. causalitist

    causalitist LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 610

    thanks guys, turns out the enamel dried soft because it was 46 degrees out.
    need hot weather!

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