Repainting a car

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Repainting a car

Post by flcracker » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:31 pm

2003 Lexus 165K - dark grape purple with skin cancer. The paint runs the full spectrum from simply old and faded to peeling clear coat to full blown all paint peeling back down to the metal. It's a $2000 car. What have been your experiences repainting similar jalopies?

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What's involved in changing the color from the factory dark purple to something light colored like tan or silver?
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Re: Repainting a car

Post by BerettaRacer » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:59 am

Years ago I had a Mazda RX7 that I bought with 15K, at about 115K she still ran pretty good but body had taken a pretty good beating. I sent it out to MAACO I think, for a quick patch and spray, wasn't very $$. (Wasn't that good either, lol) but did manage to get a few more years out of it for the cost of a cpl months payment on a new car.

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Post by Rentprop1 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:59 am

you could always go for that murdered out look.....flat black....use that plasti dip stuff
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Re: Repainting a car

Post by gforester » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:46 pm

Doing a complete color change on a car is very expensive. At least to do it right it is. Even a complete redo in original color can be quite expensive if it will require a lot of prep, which by your description it will need. When getting a car painted you pretty much get what you pay for.

Had my old Mustang spot painted at MAACO to take care of some faded out plastic bumpers and minor scraped areas on the rear fender. Well, I got more than I bargained for. They also painted my tires and stainless steel exhaust pipes along with the fenders. YMMV

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Re: Repainting a car

Post by flcracker » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:27 pm

On a $2000 car that I intend to drive into the ground within 3-4 years, I'm not looking for a high-end paint job. I just want to get the best bang for my buck. The color change is just because I was thinking about how much difference a light color would make on the interior temperatures, but it may not be that much of a deal.
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Re: Repainting a car

Post by 870Mike » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:26 pm

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Re: Repainting a car

Post by 870Mike » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:29 pm

Seriously, though...check into getting the car "wrapped". A one-color job should be about $800 ~ $1k and will last a couple years.

You can even go with a chrome wrap to keep up with the KDB's...

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Re: Repainting a car

Post by BMW GUY » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:56 pm

BerettaRacer wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:59 am
Years ago I had a Mazda RX7 that I bought with 15K, at about 115K she still ran pretty good but body had taken a pretty good beating. I sent it out to MAACO I think, for a quick patch and spray, wasn't very $$. (Wasn't that good either, lol) but did manage to get a few more years out of it for the cost of a cpl months payment on a new car.
Not all Maaco shops are the same. Might be worth looking around check the work they put out when it is sitting around in the yard. I think the one close to my shop Anderson and Hillsborough Ave. does decent work. I wouldn't go with their cheapest plan. Keep in mind, if you take some of the trim off yourself it makes the overall job nicer.

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Re: Repainting a car

Post by g.willikers » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:29 am

You could always paint it yourself with brush.
No kidding, not all that long ago, it was a popular way to repaint a car.
Using a good brush and doing it with lots of very light coats of paint.
I've seen examples of this technique that would pass for being sprayed.
Especially if it's gone over with light sanding to remove the brush strokes with careful buffing afterwards.
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Re: Repainting a car

Post by Rebel » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:21 pm

works especially well with lacquer paint, then you can wet sand and buff.
You can get good results, but it's a ton of work.
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Re: Repainting a car

Post by Water Rat » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:26 pm

Sand and rattle can.

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Re: Repainting a car

Post by Hippie » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:10 am

g.willikers wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:29 am
You could always paint it yourself with brush.
No kidding, not all that long ago, it was a popular way to repaint a car.
Using a good brush and doing it with lots of very light coats of paint.
I've seen examples of this technique that would pass for being sprayed.
Especially if it's gone over with light sanding to remove the brush strokes with careful buffing afterwards.
Just a thought.
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Re: Repainting a car

Post by g.willikers » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:46 am

Hey, don't knock it if you ain't tried it.

I had a friend who beat the high cost of car ownership by stacking up on old station wagons he picked up for junkyard prices.
He had a small herd of them in the back yard.
They just had to run well enough to get him there and home again.
His favorite way to repaint them was with house paint and roller.
They actually looked passable, especially from ten feet away.

Another guy I knew like to buy cheap bikes and motorcycles to play with.
After stripping them down to the frame he repainted what ever needed it with a rattle can.
And they looked really good.
It's not only how it's painted, but who does it.

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