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I'm looking for the cheapest way i can paint my truck and still have it look good? I'm interested in hearing any ideas or ways you guys have painted your trucks, and where you got the paint. I'm also wondering where to buy surplus military paints, such as the grey used to paint navy ships, or a flat baby blue like the paint used for some naval vehicles. Thanks in advance. I know this may sound impossible, but i'm trying to keep my backyard paint job to under $100 including primer. Also what kinds of painting is cheapest, adding a sprayer handle to a spray bomb, or pulling out my old paint sprayer??
It's notugly, it's a beautiful work in progress, and yes the rust is supposed to be there!

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Well for under $100 there's no way it's going to be purdy (it's a 4x4 dammit
). Secondly, keep it out of the backyard. Clean your garage out, eliminate ALL traces of dust from it, take your windows out (the garage windows) to put fans in to further eliminate dust, put heaters and big lights in everywhere, and use a spray gun. Lastly, clearcoat the [email protected]#$ out of it. Might cost more than $100 but it'll look better than something from your backyard with a can of spray paint. My truck was painted in a garage and it shines on the few days out of the year it sees soap.


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The Willys is painted with a $40 gallon of General paint enamel.......
and now I touch it up with a brush
To me shiny paint is too much trouble on a 4x4...... and I would rather have Ugly paint and NO rust than have it the other way around...

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*rattle, rattle, rattle* Awe...say it with Krylon!

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Yeah, i was thinking more along the lines of the flat army paint job, so when it tips on its side or roof, all i have to do is weld in new metal, prep it and slap another cheap coat of army paint on??? anyone know where to get this, and if i can get it in a spray bomb or if i should use my sprayer in the garage

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Originally posted by Mudhucker:
Yeah, i was thinking more along the lines of the flat army paint job, so when it tips on its side or roof, all i have to do is weld in new metal, prep it and slap another cheap coat of army paint on??? anyone know where to get this, and if i can get it in a spray bomb or if i should use my sprayer in the garage
I want to do the same thing to my truck pretty soon. Im going to use rust-not primer (Lordco) and Endura paint (Industrial Paints and Plastics). The Endura is a little expensive but its supposed to be pretty tough as its a marine paint. Clearcoating will only make your pretty flat paint all shiny and ugly.
 

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Originally posted by Mudhucker:
I'm looking for the cheapest way i can paint my truck and still have it look good?
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I got mine painted at Maaco for just over $200 (front half only,i did all prep)
It is a half decent paint job that I don't worry about at all in terms of getting dents or scratches.


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If you want it cheap and good looking...talk to places like Paint Shops. A lot of them will let you bring your truck in totally preped (sanded, taped, etc) and they just paint it.

A know there is a guy in Maple Ridge that does it for a little over the cost of the paint.

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Thanks again guys, i talked to lordco today about a couple different ways and i think i'm gonna go with a rust not type paint, real cheap and still tough paint. I looked into endura, but it's a little outta the budget at this time, but on my Toyota it kept the rust away for a couple of years, and i was not only able to add metallic, but the strength of the paint withstood scratches really well, and the ones that did scratch were easily polished out, and if you want to see what it looks like on a truck check under dale collett in the picture area, that was my truck, it's a little dirty in the pic but if my scanner gets working again i could probably email you a shiny pic

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They also use Endura on semi trucks and a variety of other industrial equipments and vehicles. It also happens to be on my truck, but I can't say how well it holds up because I don't believe in buffing scratches out.

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i painted my 81 chevy with dark green tremclad. just bought a gallon of it sand paper to rough up the old stuff and spray paint to touch up with after and it looks good. Just a brush and a couple of spray cans and if ya chip some of sand the area plus like an inch around it and touch it up with a brush or can worked for me and cost about 100 dollars in total
 
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