Post by aboyandhisdog on Jul 16, 2010 13:13:40 GMT -5
At the risk of posting the most ignorant question of all time, I'll take a shot...What is an acceptable method of painting my 3a? It had a frame-off restoration in the not-too-distant past so has no rust or damage and the paint is good. My jeep is in great shape but is a bit of a hybrid and will never be winning any shows. It's just that the color doesn't really thrill me. I'd like to change the color but a $5-6,000 bill at the local body shop is out of the question. I'd like to do it myself if possible with minimal tearing-apart of the jeep. Is there a way to brush on a good self-leveling paint? Can a guy do this with spray cans? Do I have to completely disassemble the jeep and take it to a body shop? I like the look of the 2a that Dr. Vern painted, www.vernco.com/id17.htm but he never went into detail about the method used, though one could surmise that he did it himself. Would love to know all of your thoughts about this. Thank you.
Do you have an air compressor? If so you can buy a spray gun from Harbor Freight and a gallon of the color you want and spray it on a calm cool evening. You won't have to take it apart, just remove the top and seats and mask off the windshield and instruments and anything you don't want painted and start spraying. Of course you need to wash it real good and lightly sand it and use a tack cloth to clean it before painting.
It does take a lot of time and hand work. You could paint it with spray cans but it may be a little expensive.
Last Edit: Jul 16, 2010 15:00:15 GMT -5 by carlsjeep
I have done my cj2a with spray can. It cost me $40,very good job. The down side is that you do not have a sealer on it. So a rub here and there or weather gets to it eventually. If it is sealed then you can wax and shine it up. Will I do it again sometime, yes but then have a sealer put over it. By the way I have no runs and it is a customized job, my design.
Post by aboyandhisdog on Jul 17, 2010 13:14:37 GMT -5
Thanks a lot for your input! I'm reluctant to spray because I really don't have a good place to do it. I do have a garage though which would be a good place to brush or roll paint on. Has anyone tried this? The "Hammerite" paint that Dr. Vern used sounds like a good product but I don't know if it "levels" well enough so that brush marks don't show. I don't want to do a hatchet job on it, but would like to know if there is any alternative to spraying. Thanks!