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Cheap Car Paint Job

Cheap Car Paint Job

Cheap Car Paint Job

Things to consider before having your car paintedRon Meister, owner of Shaker Quality Auto Body in Cleveland, says consumers should educate themselves before having their car painted. Meister’s company offers paint repair but not whole-car painting. Meister says paint repair prices vary drastically depending on several factors, such as whether the repair is to a fender, door and paint. “People have unrealistic expectations of what the final product will be,” Meister says. “New paint makes trim flaws stand out even more. Paint alone will not correct flaws in the body. In fact, a shiny new coat of paint makes them stand out even more.” Meister recommends getting in writing what a paint shop will do for surface preparation. He adds that it’s important to ask if there’s a warranty, whether the company paints doorjambs, fender edges and under the hood, as well as apply a protective clearcoat finish. “Last, but not least, does it make economic sense to paint the car versus trading in the car?” he says. Kuehn, meanwhile, recommends asking for references and looking at cars shops have painted. “I see many cars that were at other shops for months or years with deposits spent,” Kuehn says. “And the cars are in pieces, and the shop has closed or changed owners.” Full vinyl car wraps have grown in popularity in recent years as an alternative to painting. Wraps can cost $1,500 or more.
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Cheap Car Paint Job

Ron Meister, owner of Shaker Quality Auto Body in Cleveland, says consumers should educate themselves before having their car painted. Meister’s company offers paint repair but not whole-car painting. Meister says paint repair prices vary drastically depending on several factors, such as whether the repair is to a fender, door and paint. “People have unrealistic expectations of what the final product will be,” Meister says. “New paint makes trim flaws stand out even more. Paint alone will not correct flaws in the body. In fact, a shiny new coat of paint makes them stand out even more.” Meister recommends getting in writing what a paint shop will do for surface preparation. He adds that it’s important to ask if there’s a warranty, whether the company paints doorjambs, fender edges and under the hood, as well as apply a protective clearcoat finish. “Last, but not least, does it make economic sense to paint the car versus trading in the car?” he says. Kuehn, meanwhile, recommends asking for references and looking at cars shops have painted. “I see many cars that were at other shops for months or years with deposits spent,” Kuehn says. “And the cars are in pieces, and the shop has closed or changed owners.” Full vinyl car wraps have grown in popularity in recent years as an alternative to painting. Wraps can cost $1,500 or more.
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Cheap Car Paint Job

PICK THE RIGHT COLORWhen you’re going for cheap paint, your budget and your bodywork partially dictate the color. We took heavy advice from John Chohlis at the 1 Day Paint & Body in Torrance, California, where we took the Nova. A repaint of the same color is always safe, since chips will show less than if you, for example, painted a yellow car black. You can also choose a color of the same general tone as the base paint for the same reason. If your bodywork is really bad, then white and bright yellow are always safe bets, since they reflect the most light. Dark colors are the worst when it comes to revealing body flaws, and we think metallics can look bad if you don’t step up to a basecoat/clearcoat process. We ultimately chose ’04 Ford Zinc Yellow, partially to hide our mediocre dent repair, partially so it would be easy to buy touch-up paint, and partially in tribute to the long-lost Car Craft Cheap Street Chevelle. We had the car sprayed with regular single-stage paint but added a clearcoat so we could color-sand it later. A true basecoat/clearcoat system would have cost much more.
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Cheap Car Paint Job

Geoff Kuehn has frequent requests to paint cars whose paint has faded in the Arizona desert, where the sun is bright and warm most of the year. “Cars may last forever, but paint may only last five years ,” says Kuehn, owner of Affordable Auto Painting in Tucson, Arizona. Kuehn estimates that nine out of 10 people that walk into his shop for a paint job do so because of fading. Although fading isn’t as big of a problem in less extreme climates, there are several other reasons car owners might contemplate changing their vehicle’s color. One reason may be because they’re selling the vehicle and investing in a paint job will yield top dollar. Another common reason is for aesthetic reasons, such as preventing rust or adding personal flair to the vehicle. “Some are the results of an accident or an uh-oh moment,” says Mike Frost, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Laurel, Maryland. “Some are restoring older and classic automobiles and others just want a fresh coat of paint to turn the car they drive back into the car they love.”
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Cheap Car Paint Job

This is a hoopty paint job, something I specialize in, making an old vehicle presentable. I use cans of spray paint with an accessory trigger handle to prevent hand cramping, emery cloth to roughen up the surface of the paint, masking tape and rolls of brown kraft paper available in the painting section of Home Depot.

Cheap Car Paint Job

Texturized paint is one of my favorites. I address dings and dents, but not with bondo, I camoflage or enhance to turn the damage into an artistic feature. Rustoleum has a black spray paint called Rust Converter, that's my biggest prep step.

Cheap Car Paint Job

Where your job literally took days, I can mask off large sections, prep with a quick sand to roughen the paint, put down rust converter where necessary, spray, add design and be done well before the sun goes down.

Cheap Car Paint Job

On top of the sprayed paint I've done designs with templates cut from manila folders. One design on an old van was a template cut into the shape of a tapering rectangle to resemble a flag repeated in a tapering pattern. I hope you can imagine it.

If the image uploaded successfully you'll see that I like white roofs and racing stripes. Craft stores sell stick on doodads like stars and colorful artistic designs in plastic and foam that can be used to turn dings and dents into features. If I do a design on one side I generally replicate on the other for symmetry.
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Step 2: Masking and Paint PrepShow All Items Next, take some automotive tape, and mask off any rubber seals (if you left the windows in) or any other areas you dont want to paint (doorhandles etc) To prepare my paint, I poured about a fist-sized amount of paint in a paint tray. I added approximately the same amount of mineral spirits to the paint tray and stirred it up. The consistency of the paint should go from very thick to about like watery milk. This will help the paint to level out and also it will go a little farther in surface area.
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START WITH A GOOD CAR, BUT DON”T CARE TOO MUCHIt’s an obvious but crucial point: The straighter the car is going in, the sharper it will be coming out. One of the best points about our ’77 Nova was that, despite having rear-ended a semi-truck, it was pretty straight except for stuff we could unbolt anyway. It also only seemed to have one paint job on top of the original. The less old, flaking paint, the less the need to strip the car to bare metal. Another point that made it a good candidate for a budget repaint was that we only needed it to be average, and we were only willing to put a few day’s worth of time into our own prep work. Unless you have a lot more time, patience, and skill, a production-shop repaint is probably best for a car you’re not deeply in love with. Even so, ours came out surprisingly well.
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Alfonso Gutierrez 1 year ago Subject: Paint outside only I have a car toyota yaris 2007 protects the plastic paint, paint primary hair, I would like to know how much it costs to paint the car of the same colopr. This car is a gift for my son who ends his hight school thank you very much for your time. replyto Alfonso Gutierrez
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If your car is starting to show its age, one way to breathe a little cosmetic life into a new vehicle is to give it a new paint job. At the same time, a good paint job can cost thousands of dollars. Over at Instructables however, a full-vehicle paint job only has to set you back about $75.
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Next, take some automotive tape, and mask off any rubber seals (if you left the windows in) or any other areas you dont want to paint (doorhandles etc) To prepare my paint, I poured about a fist-sized amount of paint in a paint tray. I added approximately the same amount of mineral spirits to the paint tray and stirred it up. The consistency of the paint should go from very thick to about like watery milk. This will help the paint to level out and also it will go a little farther in surface area.

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