This method is based on the idea of using a foam paint roller to put many layers of Rustoleum on your car. Except, I used a professional airgun and only 2 coats. The result? Pretty dang good, for the money.
Why?So why Rustoleum? Well, on the internet you can find people who rolled it on, and the cars look pretty good. But most of all, you can get a quart for under $5 at any hardware store, whereas automotive paint can be 20-50 times that much.
I have a neighbor who has a paint shop in his garage, so I got to use his spray gun. You will need a spray gun and air compressor, but if you don't you can still try rolling on the paint.
Other thoughts:Throughout the project I kept telling myself, "self, if this works out...you'll have to do an Instructable on it," and it worked out, so this is my first instructable.
Note: I'm not liable for....anything. If you ruin your car, my condolences but remember, YOU did it. However you probably won't ruin your car unless you try.
Step 1: Preparation
First, you'll need some items:
- A car you're willing to ruin the paint job on
- 2-4 quarts (depending on size of car) of gloss Rustoleum - color of your choice
- 4 or more cans of Rustoleum auto primer spray paint
- 1 quart of acetone
- 1 can of Bondo (optional)
- Sand paper - 120, 400, 800 grit (or the closest you can get)
- Mixing can/bottle/whatever
- Stir stick
- Masking tape and paper
- 4" super-fine foam paint roller (optional)
- Spray gun - bigger nozzle seems to work better
- Air compressor - big enough for the spray gun's requirements
- Dry, well-ventilated area to paint in
- A bunch of misc. tools - these may include screw drivers, ratchet sets, allen wrenches, a can of liquid wrench
- 2 gallons of diligence
It's also a good idear to handle any bodywork your car needs. If you don't want to do this, get a professional to do it but see if you can have him skip painting it to save money. However, for small dents Bondo (or any number of superior, more expensive fillers) is really quite easy to use. I had to replace a destroyed fender and bondo a big dent on the hood before painting, but it was a lot easier than you'd think.