The clear kept it from chalking. Not sure about UV protection. As far as the roller, my recent paint jobs arent mirror smooth. Unthinned rustoleum has serious orange peel. Thinning would definitely help that, but require more coats. I guess it depends on how glossy you want. Clear definitely brings up the gloss.
The rolling is cheaper, but not faster than either spray. Much less masking, though. In the end, probably all three are fine. Its really your call. Cans are probably easiest, but most expensive and dont cover as thick
Thanks a lot for the fast response Ted. So if I understand you, of all three methods you think the roller method is quicker and cheaper than both rattle can and the gun or just the cans? I had originally planned on the roller method and then saw your truck and thought it would be faster to use cans, albeit more $$$. I also saw NMFirsts red truck where he sprayed with a gun and it looks fantastic. Seems like he did it in sections also, but as I do not have a compressor that's another expense...
The roll on method seems easiest in a lot of ways and safer as far as fumes. I had looked into the boat paints like Interlux that folks recommend, but it seems most of those recommend buffing as the paint sets up in a way that this removes gloss instead of adding it.
Was the clear you used from rustoleum a UV protectant?
As far as the durability of the spray cans, the clear is almost mandatory if you want the paint to last. I don't have the truck anymore, but I did have it for 4 years after I painted it. The truck sat outside all year and got washed and waxed about 2x per year. It was still fine when I sold it.
Hope this helps, and if you have any more questions, just let me know.
Hey, hopefully I can answer all your questions. I used rustoleum hunter green gloss, rustoleum auto primer, and rustoleum crystal clear enamel. The clear dried funny and needed wet sanding to really look good. It was too grainy.
Now to address the other stuff. What I found was that I spend several hundred dollars using spray cans. This was with 3 coats of primer, 4 of paint, and 3 of clear. Not exactly budget. I did spray with my HVLP gun, but then switched again to just rolling it on unthinned. My reasons for a truck are the same as yours, and I can't see putting that much money into just paint. The rattle cans are MUCH thinner, but make getting a shine easier since they aren't as orange peeled. The roller method is much quicker and far cheaper. I just did my crew using 1 qt rustoleum hunter green gloss, and 1 qt rustoleum white metal primer. It thinned it out to a mint green. I have about half a quart left, and it cost me about $22 or so. It is definitely a 20 footer at best.