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Old 01-10-2009, 03:11 AM   #1
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Default Want to paint my car on a budget... HELP!!!

Yes well, I just bought a 1988 Mustang GT for $1000 down from $3000 and it needs paint. The body has cracks/chips in it but no rust. I want to paint it myself and get the best possibly shine.

What are the steps I have to take? Such as standing, prepping, buying the right paint and clearcoat so it looks glossy/shiney.

Also, what grit sandpaper should I use?
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:25 AM   #2
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:38 AM   #3
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haha oh god, this should get good. prep and sand it yourself and bring it to maaco. they spray good just have crap prep work
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:30 AM   #4
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I made a thread where I posted pics of a guy that painted his Jeep Liberty in his driveway. It actually came out looking pretty damn good. However, I'm hoping you don't plan on painting your mustang camouflage...
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:13 PM   #5
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You can probably sand your car and stuff to save you coin but that's as far as an amateur can go to save money.

In painting the saying, "You get what you pay for" is truly no exception.
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:20 PM   #6
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Very cool guys, ok so i think I will prep the car myself then bring it to Maaco, anyone know approximately how much it costs to get it painted or do I have to get an estimate? I just want it a glossy clean black, nothing fancy... and defintely no camouflage!
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:59 AM   #7
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that's definitely your best bet. I would highly urge you to mask off most of the car as well. If it can't be masked off, then you should remove it. Maaco doesn't have a problem with spraying the paint, those guys do it all day. They're basically lazy...well it's painting on a budget: parts that should be removed (headlights, window trim, etc.) are just masked off with tape...

I would say you pay no more than 300 dollars to get it sprayed at Maaco. My friend just got his Mustang sprayed for that much and he didn't prep it himself.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:28 AM   #8
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$300 seriously? and no prep? That sounds really cheap. Maaco wouldn't even do my brothers door panel for that much. Was something like $500.
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:00 PM   #9
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I saw an ad on the TV today and Maaco is having a special, $299 (which is half off) for their ambassador paint service... may be worth it for that little...
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:41 PM   #10
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Maaco paint may look good at first but 3 months later it will look like crap their clear is crap period . they will get paint everywhere its not supposed to be and the car will look hacked . find a small local shop and discuss getting your car painted. offer doing some of the crap work they have ( cleaning , washing , trash etc ) to offset some of the cost but get it done somewhat correctly or you will always hate it .
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:14 PM   #11
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Sand it yourself and rattle can it flat black.
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:03 PM   #12
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The very best is just to pull off anything you don't want painted, then mask whatever's left. It's easy to pull off the headlights, turn signals, taillights, but you could mask off the cowl vents, and the radiator behind your grill or bumper opening...that always looks so cheezy when people have overspray back there.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:12 PM   #13
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I saw an ad on the TV today and Maaco is having a special, $299 (which is half off) for their ambassador paint service... may be worth it for that little...
I'm not really a fan of maaco, but they're good for a quick fix or if you don't want to spend a lot.

OP: I would look into the signature and supreme paint service.
The rest of them don't even mention ADDING A CLEAR COAT.

You would be looking at $800+
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:10 AM   #14
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Hot Rod had a great article on DIY paint jobs with Rustolium brushed on with foam brushes. It involves a lot of sanding and reducing, but results were awesome. I know that they have it in their technical article section on the website.

Wouldn't try it with black, though.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:19 AM   #15
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Just remember what ever you spend at Maaco, you'll be spending each year to do it again.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:17 AM   #16
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I've done my fair share of garage painting, and it is possible to do a nice job. It's not as cheap as you might think. Don't under estimate the price of supplies, (sandpaper, body filler, primer, paint, clear, masking tape) none of it is cheap. Add to that the intial cost of buying some of the tools of the trade (DA sanders, sanding blocks, welder, grinders, air compressor, spray gun) and it gets a lot more pricey, especially if you're just painting one car.

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:18 AM   #17
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Oh, and you also picked one of the hardest colors to paint, especially for a beginner. Black is very unforgiving. It will show every wave in every panel. How do you feel about white ?

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Old 01-12-2009, 11:19 AM   #18
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+1 for white...you bought a 1000 dollar mustang and what are your plans for it? track car ? street car ? car shows? those are things to consider...heck if it will see mainly track time and little street time...hit it up with some good ole rattle can. i saw a thread on here where a guy painted his hood OBP out of a can and it looked fantastic!
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:12 PM   #19
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I would never take my car to maaco. Not a chance. UNLESS...... I bought a junker that just needed a little "refreshening" like it sounds like you need on that stang. In that case, I think it'd be foolish to pay a bunch of money to have it painted.

I want to paint my wrx in a few years and I will be paying through the nose I'm sure.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:16 PM   #20
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give it olive drab krylon touch man. $60 and easy to touch up
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