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Old 07-29-2013, 04:33 AM   #1
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How hard is it to paint a car or truck?

I'm interesting in painting my truck first, whole thing, then if that goes good touching up a few spots on my car. But how hard is it really to do? Thanks
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:52 AM   #2
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Painting, not hard. Proper prep work, pretty hard and time consuming. I use to paint cars and I would easily spend a whole weekend prepping a car for the first coat of primer and it takes even more time to properly prep the car after the primer has been shot to take the first coat of paint. There is a reason why a good paint job cost $8-$10k.

If this is something you are seriously interested in trying, I recommend to take a couple auto body classes at a local community college first. Doing this could save you from making a very expansive "oops" later.

As for touching up your car, no way in hell I would do that. You will be much better off taking it to someone that does it for a living.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:41 AM   #3
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I just painted my truck myself, it was pretty easy.
Bought a paint gun from yahoo and used my buddy's little shop and compressor.
$60 for the gun plus $300 for paint and material.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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I guess it all depends on your innate skills. Personally, I have a hard time painting anything with out getting runs in it--doesn't matter whether I use a spray can or paint brush. As said above--painting is easy; getting it right is more difficult!
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:34 PM   #5
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:41 PM   #6
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Any can of paint and a brush will do. Wheels glass, you name it. Half hour job tops.

Will look like shit, but not hard
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:29 PM   #7
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I always thought those old Earl Scheib commercials were hilarious. "Right!!! I`ll paint any car for $99.95!".
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:32 PM   #8
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I love painting car parts, not completes.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:31 AM   #9
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I always thought those old Earl Scheib commercials were hilarious. "Right!!! I`ll paint any car for $99.95!".
HAHAHAHA!

I loved that guy!

It was "I'll paint any car, ANY COLOR for 99.95!"

Earl Scheib
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:39 AM   #10
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HAHAHAHA!

I loved that guy!

It was "I'll paint any car, ANY COLOR for 99.95!"

Earl Scheib
LMFAO

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Old 07-30-2013, 12:40 AM   #11
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HAHAHAHA!

I loved that guy!

It was "I'll paint any car, ANY COLOR for 99.95!"

Earl Scheib
Wow, I remember when it was $29.95 (had my 73 Corolla done in "Midnight Blue".)

BUT SERIOUSLY, there's a ton of YouTube videos where people have painted their trucks using inexpensive paint guns and Rustoleum (!). Check them out.
As its been said here many times, whatever you use and however you do it, the prep is the thing.
And for your 45th Anniversary, leave it to a professional...
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:42 AM   #12
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Also keep in mind you'll have to blend the panels.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:21 PM   #13
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LMFAO

Ahahahahaha! Thanks for the video, that brings back some memories
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:39 PM   #14
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I think painting a car is one of those things that are WAY easier said then done
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