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lifestooshort81 08-09-2013 09:52 AM

Painting a car
Hi folks,
I just "inherited" a 1998 VW Jetta. Body is in pretty good shape (no rust) but the paint is definitely In need of refreshment. I've painted a car or two in the past but that was close to 13 years ago. I was debating on having maaco do a cheapy re-paint for $330 but when I went and had them look at it, of course they found things to jack up the price. My total estimate was around $650... That being said I'm toying again with the idea of just doing it myself.

I guess my question here is has anyone painted their own car parts and what kind of paint did you use? I have a sprayer and know a little about prep-work but not sure on the paint. Maaco was just going to use a straight enamel. I think for the ease of doing it myself I would go the same route.


Al C

ddawg16 08-09-2013 09:58 AM

I would suggest finding a buddy who does it for a living and wants to make a few bucks on the side.

I've done it as well. A lot has changed....the chemistry...the tools....if you want it right, by the time you get all the equipment you need and spend the time....$650 is cheap. Do you have a point booth? With water filtration? Do you know how much hardner to put in the paint? Is your air compressor totally moisture free? A proper air dryer will cost you $600.

If you want to save all your on prep...then let someone else paint it.

Matco is not going to pull off trim...they just tape and shoot. If it's mine, if it comes off...I take it off...

caveeagle 08-09-2013 10:11 AM

What quality level are you looking for? There are some folks that have gotten surprisingly good results rolling on rustoleum.

DannyT 08-09-2013 08:51 PM

my girlfirnd had a vw bug that someone painted with a brush. was probably house paint too

lifestooshort81 08-10-2013 07:54 AM


Originally Posted by caveeagle
What quality level are you looking for? There are some folks that have gotten surprisingly good results rolling on rustoleum.

I'm looking for something a little nicer than a rustoleum roll on finish. LOL I actually painted my work truck with rustoleum's hammered paint...using a roller as an applicator. It surprisingly came out amazing. but that's a work truck, this is a car. I do need something nice for those far and few times I may have a date to take out LOL!!! Then again I'd be hoping my date actually like trucks and want to take my pickup ;)

...but on a serious note I would like the car to stay nicer looking.

Ill look into prepping it myself. Thanks!!!

ukrkoz 08-10-2013 07:41 PM

try search engine here.
Someone painted entire car, for a fraction of the cost, with roller. Seriously. Guy had to spend a ton of time sanding/polishing/buffing, but results were actually quite good and cost was around $100.

caveeagle 08-11-2013 09:32 AM

I spend a lot of time working on and around vintage mustangs. (mine is a '67 vert). The serious restoration guys have a hard time finding modern paints that give you the correct look of an original Ford Paint Job. Actually most of the modern stuff will look 'too' good. There are a couple of guys that used the Rustoleum and got very close to the look of an original 60's factory job.

user1007 08-11-2013 06:14 PM

Before you rush off to paint this thing, have you tried detailing a small piece of it out with rubbing and polishing compounds first?

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