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Old 09-18-2012, 09:19 AM
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Looking to paint my xj flat black was wondering if anyone had experience with how it looks after using spray paint and how long it will last for? Or would it be more worth it to spend the extra money and get it professionally painted at a shop
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Rattle can will never look professional. End of story.

Look into a vinyl wrap or pay the big bucks.
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I did. Its been fine for a couple years now.
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Rattle can will never look professional. End of story.

Look into a vinyl wrap or pay the big bucks.
Thats actually far from true. Its more in the prep than the paint delivery system.
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My rattle can job
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Rattle can will never look professional. End of story.

Look into a vinyl wrap or pay the big bucks.
i was thinking about vinyl wrap that is that sticker that just goes on right?
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My rattle can job
That looks pretty good is it noticeable that it was spray painted in person ?
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Not really. I didnt prep it like I should. If you really put time into prepping it you would NEVER tell. I just sanded and wiped clean and painted. Got a ton of compliments on it.
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Not really. I didnt prep it like I should. If you really put time into prepping it you would NEVER tell. I just sanded and wiped clean and painted. Got a ton of compliments on it.
you know how much you paid for all the spray paint?
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Every painter I've talked to has said to get a paint gun and do it yourself with some good automotive paint. Just remember your paint job is only as good as your prep job.
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Looking to paint my xj flat black was wondering if anyone had experience with how it looks after using spray paint and how long it will last for? Or would it be more worth it to spend the extra money and get it professionally painted at a shop
Flat black fades very quickly, so if you where to want to touch it up down the road. It will stick out like a sore thumb. Flat black primer attracts moisture over time. Not to mention it is the most light absorbing color. In other words it will rise the inside ambient temperature. If you live in a sunny climate, this might not be very handy. (Then I would use flat white)
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you know how much you paid for all the spray paint?
Prep supplies and paint I was in between 150-200.
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Flat black fades very quickly, so if you where to want to touch it up down the road. It will stick out like a sore thumb. Flat black primer attracts moisture over time. Not to mention it is the most light absorbing color. In other words it will rise the inside ambient temperature. If you live in a sunny climate, this might not be very handy. (Then I would use flat white)
Even a professional paint job will fade quickly or just a rattle can job ?
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Every painter I've talked to has said to get a paint gun and do it yourself with some good automotive paint. Just remember your paint job is only as good as your prep job.
I was going to do that but my compressor is not big enough for a paint gun i tried it before on a trailer
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As with any paint job, you don't just apply the paint and be done with it - if you want it to look right, you need to wet sand it.

You could even do the whole $100 Rustoleum paint job. You buy some rustoleum paint, roll it on with a roller, wet sand it and polish it (if desired) and there you go, a good looking paint job.

It's getting to be a popular job for people who aren't looking for show room quality paint. It's easy and cheap. Look it up on Google.
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