Rattle cans are cheap & effective for small projects, if you try to paint an entire car with them, the results are not going to be an "automotive quality" paint job - and this is coming from someone with an entire shelf full of half empty rattle cans in varying colors, and who has used rattle cans for automotive trim & touch up.
I can't believe that someone used the term "decent gun" in the same sentence as Harbor Freight & Northern Tool - don't get me wrong, I love going in there, and browsing, and occasionally buying something - that would be a cheap gun, and you will get cheap results, but, by the time you've invested in a gun, compressor et all, it won't be a cheap paint job, especially if you have limited experience.
I do agree that prep work is what makes or breaks the job.
What are your plans for the rig?
Are you gonna drive it on the street most of the time?
Are you going to thrash in the foliage (trees, bushes)?
Are you going to play on the rock trails?
A nice paint job will look great on the street and in the magazines, but if you are going to acquire lots of scratches (desert pinstriping around here) or the occasional dent from a half blind spotter, then you might want something you can touch up easily (rattlecan). It's alot easier on the nerves when you are trying to concentrate on the right line up the waterfall instead of worrying about whether the tree branch is going to scratch your door...
what i have is fair black primer,what i want is a descent matte black, i drive my sami 1or 2 days a week and some mild offroading..mostly waiting for some big snow days to get us back and forth to work. i really like the way my sami looks just wanting to make it look better...thanks for the replies
I have read this an have to say that there is a third option that has not been discussed.
You can get a cheap roll-on bed liner kit for less than 100 bucks and have a paint job that will not get scratched easily and still look pretty good. Roll-on bed liner paint is easy to do your self, one weekend and you can have a sharp looking rig.
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