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Old 10-04-2012, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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My BF's looked up numerous YouTube videos where people paint their cars themselves using Rustoleum paint, but all the videos say the've painted w/ $50 Rustoleum paint. Is there some certain TYPE of Rustoleum brand paint that costs $50? My BF's puzzled as to why so many people say that same amount ($50).

Any help you can give would be great!
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Well, you can generally pick up a quart of the stuff for under 10 bucks. Is he rolling it on?
Just get a few cans of Rustoleum automotive primer so the paint sticks to the car.


And since I'm guessing he's driving an old Jeep, 3 quarts will probably do 2 coats!
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:47 AM
 
Location: The cupboard under the sink
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So far as I can tell, it's not a certain type.

You put on the coats real thin, then spend a good amount of time flatting with wet or dry.
It also takes a lot of polishing.

Pretty labour intensive, but definitely cheap.

Haven't tried it myself yet, but maybe at some point in the future.........

Rickwrench, Alfa GTV, Falcon Squire, Corvair
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:48 AM
 
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oh nice! paint the car yourself, dont forget to bake the color on too like the professionals do.

Back when i was very young, i had a car and wanted to change the color. I went to Earl Scheib who had commercials on TV and they would paint your car for about that amount.

When I got it back, the paint literally peeled off. I'd never do that again.. haha I was young and didn't know much.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:56 AM
 
Location: NC
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You will need to do alot of coats and be sure to wet sand each coat... there is a website out there devoted to it.

I would consider an automotive vinyl wrap over this..... Look into it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:56 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I did a fiberglass camper shell with it, and it was not rattle cans, but a quart can. A gallon can will cost close to that amount. I used an HVLP spray gun. Came out nice and lasted 8 years before we sold that truck.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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After the first thirty years my '70 Chevy PUT was several different colors of primer and surface rust so I decided to paint it. I scuffed the surface with a pad sander and 120 grit wet paper, washed it with TSP and water, wiped it down with Coleman stove fuel (had a gallon in the shed) and rattle can primed it with Rustoleum Red Primer for rusty surfaces. Then I painted it Rustoleum Forest Green with a brush from a can . At least it looked decent at 30 mph 30 ft away. It also slowed the rust well enough it is still operating but off the road. I think the entire job took most of a day and about $35.

My 1996 Subaru Outback Wagon is next after I make some metal patches for the doors and rear fenders. I think I will use Rustoleum Blue paint this time.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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I am about to do somethng like that on the front clip and cab of my 90 Ford. Not touching the flatbed.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Scuff the existing paint and really get it clean before you prime. Then go slow and watch for runs.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: WA
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Years ago I saw a '60 Chevy (not a little car) painted with rattle cans and it looked pretty good. Apparently the guy inherited the car and found a couple of cases of paint at a warehouse auction and the result was good.
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