Prepping and spraying a car yourself is a major endeavor, you may find out the
hard way which paints don't work with which primers. At least
get the advice of a local auto paint supply store. Add up the costs of
equipment and supplies, again local auto paint stores will be helpful.
The basecoat clearcoat paints the have today are not as simple as before, you
can easily spend $800 and have a car looking worse then if you just washed and
a: Contact vocational school that has classes in auto body, many times they will
paint car for cost of materials (of course it may not be A1)
b: Buddy up to a local small auto body shop owner, the kind with only 1 employee
(himself). Offer to work off the difference. If he is like my dad he would
enjoy the company of someone to talk too. You may end up with a top notch job
for a just little more then the cost of materials.
If not you could ask him what you can do to lessen the cost. If he is
unbending, go somewhere else. You will eventually find someone willing to let
you work it out.
On Thu, 7 Aug 2003 16:29:06 -0400
Buy a book on it first and see if it is really something you think you can
handle. Go to amazon etc. and search for auto painting, autobody repair etc.
I have done this kind of work on my own and it takes much longer than you
think, especially if you are fixing rust which is always 10 times worse
underneath the surface.
Find a prison that has convicts training to paint cars
and give the guy that does the work some extra $
for a good job. A vocational school would be next
choice. Maaco or Earl Schieb can do a good job
fairly cheap if your rust hasn't eaten through from the
inside of the metal.
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