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Old 04-05-2011, 05:48 PM
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Let's see those rattlecan paint jobs.

I find that rattlecans have gotten a really bad wrap. I also find that the people criticizing them are the ones who were too lazy to put the time into doing prep properly, or don't know how to spray paint evenly. Sometimes I suspect a paint/body guy because of wording and knowledge but I can't prove anything...

So, here I am saying YES rattle can your truck if it looks like crap, and you never plan on putting a $3000 paint job on it.

Important points:

Once you rattlecan you must completely remove it to paint with anything but more rattlecans. No 3K paintjobs over rattlecan, sorry.

Prep is everything, take the time to remove what you can, mask what you can't, and make sure you at LEAST scuff every square inch of what you are painting. Also, be sure to sand away flaking or oxidized paint. Then wipe it with acetone to remove impurities before you spray. I usually go with 80 grit for really bad paint and follow up with 200. Or just use the 200 to scuff. The more time you spend on prep the better your final outcome will be.

When you spray: Do it in long even horizontal strokes, depressing and releasing the nozzle for each pass. Try to keep the same distance from the body the whole time. I try for 10-12".

Some stick on pin stripe from the auto parts store will cover up any bleed over on two tones nicely.

I don't have any advice for gloss paint as I have only used flat and satin.

Don't spray flat and try to go over it with a satin clear coat. Getting even coverage is almost impossible.

If you do this right you will be amazed at what you can do for less than $100 bucks total cost and a couple days of hard work.

Anyone else with HELPFUL advice please chime in. No haters. Go park your nice clean, pretty truck in an asphalt lot somewhere for people to gawk at... ...not everyone is made of money or wants paint they are afraid to scratch.

So without further ado:

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and...

Before:


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...you're turn.

P.S. I do not recommend and would never personally spray paint over a factory paint job if there was any hope of it being brought back to life through buffing and waxing regardless of color. While rattlecans do a damn good job if done properly they don't come anywhere near factory paint for durability.

Just putting everything together.

1. Spray clear-coat is not fuel safe.

2. You can have aerosol cans filled with the paint of your choice (eg: OEM color, and fuel safe clear coat). Not sure how the durability would compare to factory but I'm curious...

3. Be sure to purchase all your paint from the same batch to ensure color uniformity. I suggest Home Depot as you can open a new box and take as much as you need.

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Old 04-05-2011, 05:53 PM
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No pics but I done the "six pack paint job" before. I found the higher priced rattle cans do give a better paint job than those wal-fart chepo cans(but they are good for the camo jobs I've done)


Its all in how you prep and spray.
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I am a firm believer in prep workprepworkprepwork...And $6 per can Plast-Kote paint from Car-Quest...

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Great thread idea. Looking forward to seeing some more examples. The extended cab looks very good.
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Do not rattle can your vehicle. I did this number after I sand blasted my quarter and used body filler around the wheel arch. Yeah it looks beautiful in this picture but I haven't found an acrylic clear that is fuel safe or even relatively durable


Here's another, the tank on my cbr600 different brand same short lasting results
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Unfortunately I'm stuck with a really cheap can paint job, done by the PO of the truck.

Doesn't look half bad in this pic, but it looks horrible now, as they sprayed a rattle can clear coat over the flat black, and the clear coat is pealing off everywhere, and so is the black, as they simply sprayed it over the original Scarlet Red paint of the truck, no sanding or anything.....


The cab was done by PO, box by me. Box is only a rough primer.

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This is a great idea for a thread. I intend to do some second color accents this summer and I was planning to use a rattle can. I'll post pics when it gets done.
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Thanks PlaneHunter.

1lilredwagon: Pics we could actually see would help. Put them on Photobucket and copy/paste the IMG code.

P.S. There is a preview post button...
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I agree about not using spray bombs on your truck. A MUCH better way is what the PO of my dump truck did, use a brush! The brush marks give it lots of... character. Only in West Virginia.
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If it was a Camo job, you really did good!! I can't see a thing!!!!


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Do not rattle can your vehicle. I did this number after I sand blasted my quarter and used body filler around the wheel arch. Yeah it looks beautiful in this picture but I haven't found an acrylic clear that is fuel safe or even relatively durable


Here's another, the tank on my cbr600 different brand same short lasting results
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Right on. I have been curious about gloss as I have only done flat and satin. Never had that problem with those.

Was it just gloss paint or did you use clear coat too?
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That's duplicolor on the bike and rustolium on the truck I used acrylic clear on both and as I said neither is fuel resistant. Sucks because I sanded and polished everything out by hand
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