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    Paint your car with a roller!?

    I yoinked this from another forum which linked back to HERE.
    here's how i painted my car for about $50, it's actually very easy and the results are amazing. First off, get a can of tremclad real orange (or what ever color u want) in the can, not spray, yes tremclad, it is a acrylic/enamel paint which is very durable. next prep your car as if was any other paint job, fix all the rust, ect....no need to prime the car since the tremclad allready contains elements which allow it to be painted over bare metal. next, after prepping the car get a small 4" professional FOAM rollers, it's tiny and has one end rounded off, and the other cut straight, and is a very high density foam. u also need a jug of mineral spirits to thin the paint. The thing i really like about this is that there's no mess, no tapeing the whole car, just key areas, and u can do it in your garage, since your not spraying there is virtually no dust in the air, just clean your garage first, also it does'nt really smell at all, dries overnight and it super tough paint. also it you decide to paint the car professionally later, just prep and paint, there's no need to strip the tremclad. i have done this to a few cars, and i can say it works amazing, u just have to be paitient. next u thin the paint with mineral spirits so it just about as thin as water, a little thicker. get out the roller and paint away, don't get the paint shaked when u buy it, enamel is stirred, otherwise you'll have bubbles in the paint for a week!!! after u do 2 coats, wet sand the whole car, then repeat, 2 coats, wetsand, 2 coats wetsand. i painted the charger using a can since your not spraying the car u use all the paint and not spray 50% in the air, use progressivly finer sand paper each time. it's not really that much work, cause u can stop and start any time, u can do just a door, or the hood, ect. do one panel at a time, and don't stop once you start. once your done the final coat, wetsand with about 1000 grit to a totally smooth finish, and then using a high speed polisher i use a buffing bonnet and turtle wax polishing compound. do the whole car with this, and i'm telling u, depending on the amount of time and paitence you have, the results are amazing. laugh if you want, but for $50 ($30 for paint, about $20 for rollers, sand paper, ect...) it really looks good. also you can do these steps overnight, paint one evening and by morning u can wet sand. i have personally done alot of painting, mostly single stage acrylic enamel, and i've sprayed several cars in my garage with really good professional results, just it stinks, it's a real pain to do, easy to make a mistake, messy, and expensive. The tremclad is awesome paint, the "real orange" is an amazing hemi orange, and almost looks like it has some perl in the sun, awesome color right out of the can. I used this technique on my 1974 beetle also, here are the results:

    the car before:

    another after pic:

    here is a car i sprayed (71 beetle, midnight blue metalic):

    here is the car before (71 beetle):


    here's a few pics of the charger done:



    well that's my 2 cents worth, sorry for the long post. i was borred lol
    i painted the orange beetle in 1999, and it still looks like the day i painted it, the 71 blue beetle i painted in 2000, and built the car for my dad, i used the same paint on my charger, maybe one day i'll spring for a good paint job, prepping is 90% of the work, stripping the car, sanding, ect.....painting is overrated!!!
    So if you have TIME, then i'd say go for it, the worst that could happen is that it does'nt turn out and your out $50, but if your paitient, and expriement with lets say just the trunk pannel and if you like it do the whole car, if not just get it done by someone else for $4000. i don't know about you guys, but i would rather spend the $4000 on other parts like getting the mechanics sorted out and new chrome, cause when u have really nice paint and crappy bumpers, door handles it just sticks out more.
    If looks could kill you'd have eyes like cyanide...

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    #2
    Hrm, I do own a datsun...
    Originally posted by Jim
    at the last place there was a few ocassions where you'd go into the toilets (office environment mind you) and there'd be a length of brown cable in front of the shitter. A big chocolate slug looking up at you.
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      #3
      so what's the trade name in australia for tremclad?

      sounds interesting.... anyone going to paint their car soon?

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        #4
        I'd be more interested in a cheap method of getting good results without having to sand the damn thing...LOL
        Turns out, far too much has been written about great men and not nearly enough about morons


        Originally posted by seedyrom
        my neighbours called the cops...... not because of the sound of me working in the garage was too loud, but because i taped a cardboard box to my back, covered my self in vaseline and pretended i was a snail on their lawn

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          #5
          Originally posted by InsaneAsylum
          so what's the trade name in australia for tremclad?

          sounds interesting.... anyone going to paint their car soon?
          I don't think that really matters, you could probably do it with any enamel.

          I'm thinking Tin 0 Killrust on Datsun

          edit: that's it, I'm dumb enough to try this. I'll buy a tin of something tomorrow & report back. If you can do a house nicely surely with the right paint a car ain't hard. It is only a datsun. Supercheap Monza Red here I come!
          Originally posted by Jim
          at the last place there was a few ocassions where you'd go into the toilets (office environment mind you) and there'd be a length of brown cable in front of the shitter. A big chocolate slug looking up at you.
          XLII - 101010 - 2A

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            #6
            kill rust is the home handy man version, its like using a bandaid for a cut wrist..

            you need por15 for any chance of stopping a rust from datsuning
            Jason Broadhurst

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              #7
              a mate of mines old man painted a car with house paint, heated it up on the stove so it was warm when applied and dried out very nicely for a roller job!! LOL
              im a cunt
              and apparently i dont know shit...

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                #8
                I think the whole point of spray painting is that it gives a thin but even coat, meaning you don't have to sand so much back off. You can paint a car with a brush and as long as you are happy to spend the next 4 weeks hand sanding the lumps off, it too will look just fine.
                Turns out, far too much has been written about great men and not nearly enough about morons


                Originally posted by seedyrom
                my neighbours called the cops...... not because of the sound of me working in the garage was too loud, but because i taped a cardboard box to my back, covered my self in vaseline and pretended i was a snail on their lawn

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Ash H
                  I don't think that really matters, you could probably do it with any enamel.

                  I'm thinking Tin 0 Killrust on Datsun

                  edit: that's it, I'm dumb enough to try this. I'll buy a tin of something tomorrow & report back. If you can do a house nicely surely with the right paint a car ain't hard. It is only a datsun. Supercheap Monza Red here I come!
                  Dude before you get too excited;

                  1. I hope it's not a good car you want to keep forever
                  2. House paint will fade/chalk much faster than auto paint
                  3. Killrust has a primer and a topcoat. Most people make the mistake of not using the primer. The topcoat doesn't provide great rust protection when used by itself.
                  4. Be very careful using a foam roller - most of them with cause the paint to foam when rolling and leave you with lots of little craters in the finish. A 5mm mohair nap roller could giver better results.
                  5. What's wrong with a brush? A good synthetic brush might be easier to use especially if you thin the paint out and dip the brush in turps every now and again to stop it paint building up.
                  6. It's not going to get very glossy (ie auto finish gloss with sharp DOI) so you'll have to polish it well to look OK.

                  But hell if the car looks shit already it's worth a try! I bet you'll get a much better finish than the $2 spray can jobs kicking around.
                  Marvellous things so quickly get mundane

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                    #10
                    Sanding is evil, end of story.
                    If looks could kill you'd have eyes like cyanide...

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                      #11
                      1. It's a datsun
                      2. was probably going to use the el-cheapo auto paint at supercheap
                      3. Killrust was kinda a datsun=rust joke, see above
                      4. yeah, mohair sounds dear hey - this is a datsun
                      5. Probably try a brush too
                      6. it's a datsun

                      Yes it looks shit already, was probably just going to do a guard to see what happens. With the temp up here I probably won't need thinners by the way they are talking, if it's balls I'll go back to the spraying $200 of Autothane idea.
                      Originally posted by Jim
                      at the last place there was a few ocassions where you'd go into the toilets (office environment mind you) and there'd be a length of brown cable in front of the shitter. A big chocolate slug looking up at you.
                      XLII - 101010 - 2A

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                        #12
                        I know it's a datto - but some people have very nice dattos! Although maybe not many show condition 120ys!

                        Mohair isn't that expensive - the thing to look for is nap length (std measurement of all roller sleeves is length of fibre on roller). A 5mm nap is one of the shortest - go too long and you'll see more roller texture. And it's not the same quality mohair as a jumper!

                        Be careful will auto paint as it's designed to be sprayed - and thus will dry pretty fast (faster still in hot weather). I wouldn't try roller/brushing acrylic lacquers - they dry much too fast to use. Same goes with thinners - some are "fast" and some are "slow" - you want the slowest thinners you can find that's compatible with the paint you're using.

                        Enamel House paint/Kill Rust works better because it takes much longer to dry, and is based on turps or mineral spirits - giving you enough time for the paint to go on and flow out properly before drying. The guy above uses house paint for exactly that reason.

                        Maybe try to find some clear enamel as well - it'll give better gloss and a nicer finish when used over the top of your base coat, but most will yellow over time so pick a colour that's compatible (like a red) - Estapol Exterior Gloss may be worth a punt if you can get it cheap!

                        Just trying to help you get a good finish - I have lost a couple of dattos to rust before!
                        Marvellous things so quickly get mundane

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                          #13
                          holy shit wtf! that looks awesome

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                            #14
                            My camaro has been sprayed with Autothane CV each time. Comes out bloody great.

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                              #15
                              I reckon you'd get much better results with one of those airless sprayguns you can get in the big hardware stores, they cost about $150 from memory, and will spray without needing a compressor. I reckon you could get a pretty good result using 'solid' colours (wouldn't want to risk trying a metallic)
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