Introduction: $30 Fiero Paint Job
I picked up this Fiero pretty cheap but it needed a windshield and plenty of bodywork. The A pillars were damaged from the tree that broke the windshield. After a couple of weeks and some fiberglass and Bondo I had it smooth but it needed some paint.
I had read many articles about roller paint jobs but it seemed like too much work to sand out the finish. I tried using Tractor Paint from the local tractor supply store and a cheap spray gun from Harborfreight. It turned out really well and the paint is pretty durable. I'm amazed at how well the International Harvester Red matched the factory color.
I decided to do a two tone job for $8 more for the quart of black paint. It came out great. Its not a clear coat finish so its easy to touch up any scratches. Just sand the entire surface with 220 or better before painting and with 800 after the first coat. The second coat may lay down flat enough to not need any sanding.
You do have to thin the paint but the gun comes with a viscosity tester to help you get it right. Just be sure to use the recommended thinner.
Not bad for $30 worth of Tractor Paint. This summer I want to repaint my Mustang and my wife’s Corsica. I did build a sequential taillight controller for the Fiero. I made another for my Mustang. I want to put one in my wife's Corsica too. Maybe that will be an instructable of its own.
My cars are all drivers no trailer queens here…..
I bought this car for $420 and spent another $200 for a windshield. So for $663 total investment I got a really fun car that turned heads and even was in the local newspaper.
The best advice I can give you is stop reading about it online and go try it.
7 months ago
I have a white 88 GT. How long has your paint been on the car now? How is it holding up? Is it in the sun much? I am thinking about getting the tractor paint for my car too. I see several reds though, and I cannot seem to find any examples of what they look like when applied? Harvester red, International Red, ford Red.. ugghhh..
did you see the different colors of red before deciding on yours?
Reply 7 months ago
I used international harvester red. it was the closest match to the factory color. Try the rattle cans first to see what color you like.
I didn't use their hardner but it still held up for years before I sold the car. I never garaged it. Actually I left it parked under a tree and ...
Tractor paint is designed for farm stuff that sits in the sun all day and gets little care.
without the hardner it took longer to cure but after 4 months I waxed it and that was good enough to keep it looking nice. if you use the hardner you may have it harden and destroy your spray gun.....
8 years ago
I got a red fiero too! Great job! Looks good!
Reply 8 years ago on Introduction
Thanks, I love these cars.....