Paint Job on a budget
|Part 2: Paint
As you may have guessed by the title, yes I am going to "rattlecan"
it with Krylon spray paint. Why would I want to do this? For one,
there is a cost advantage as I don't have an air compressor capable
of using a HVLP spray gun, but thats not the only reason. Not having
the equipment, I could take it down and have it professionally done.
But I didn't want a shiny new paint job that I would be worried
about scratching. If I used spray paint, I could always touch it up
whenever I wanted. I admit I've seen some horrible rattlecan paint
jobs, and I figured if it turns out that bad, I could always sand it
again and do something different or take it to a paint shop.
So why Desert Tan? Honestly, I almost did a full camo job as
I've always liked that as well as other military themes. I chose
Desert Tan (or Khaki) as it will be a much lighter color than dark
blue. It will hide scratches much better and won't look as dirty as
its close to the same color as the dust around here. And to add to
that, I simply like tan and black as a color combination.
Here's the paint I used:
15 cans later (costs roughly $75 and did about two good coats)
and I ended up with this.
In the above photo it even blends in with the dry lakebed in
the background ; )
Now I'll be honest. I like the new paint job, but it is far
from perfect. Depending on how the light hits it, it either looks
good, or looks "not so good". The hood and roof were the
hardest, being flat surfaces. After a few attempts I'm still not
fully satisfied with the hood. You can see some striping in the
paint in the photo below. I may wet sand it with 400 grit or so
which will probably even it out but we'll see.
My bodywork turned out good and you can only notice the repairs
if you are really looking for it.
Ultimately I am just glad to get rid of the Patriot Blue!
If you are considering doing a similar rattlecan paint job
yourself, here is my advice:
- Don't expect it to be perfect because it won't be. You
basically will get what you pay for.
- Notice I did a lot of prep work. Even with spray paint, the
better the prep, the better it will turn out.
- This paint puts down a lot of dust. Clean each panel before
you paint so you don't paint over dust.
- Wear a respirator and turn off your pilot lights if you have
any water heaters or appliances near where you are spraying.