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Old 12-16-2007, 05:12 AM   #1
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Default Rattle-canning a car

So, my brother drives a 2nd gen Integra in rough cosmetic shape. Various dings, scratches, fading paint, and some rust. We're most likely gonna be bored for the next week, so we are going to rattle-can his car, flat black, because it's killer.


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How should we do this? Just rough it up with some 60 grit and lay down a like 5 medium coats of flat black?

However we do it, we're gonna bondo up whatever needs to be.
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Any sort of filler needs to be primered, otherwise it will absorb the overlying paint more than adjacent areas w/ out filler.

Rust will need to be fixed. It WILL show itself in time. Look into POR15.

Also, rattle can black may look good at first, but will look like turd in the future. Look into John Deere blitz black.
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Post some pics when it's done, should be interesting to see.
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Flat spray Paint is much more forgiving then gloss spray paint. I would consider priming the whole vehicle, after you make needed repairs. I would also look into krylon camouflage spray paint. I have used this product on several vehicles, with excellent results. Itís also easy to touch up.

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you may consider a satin black so it doesn't absorb water.

really you dont need to take the current paint off. just rough it up with 120. spray some primer (high build if you're nasty) and hit it with 400. then do your few coats of final color. probably 2 is good enough.
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use bumper paint. I've got that on my racing beat front bumper. Applies evenly, looks good
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Well, my friend and I painted his rx-7 with spray and it turned out well.

First RULE:::: GET GOOD PAINT, if you use cheap paint, it will turn out like ****...

If you want a nice, semi cheap paint.. go to autozone/advance and get the automotive spray paint. Not sure if it come in flat but his had a small clearcoat mixed in with it.

Second, use 200 to 300 grit paper. you don't want deep cuts into the old paint. If the old paint is flaking off, then sand until area is smoothed.

Third, tape off each area. if painting the fender.. cover the hood,door, bumper with paper so you don't get over spray. You need to paint the car in small parts so the paint won't dry to quickly.

Last take your time. We painted his car over a week working 2-3 hours each night after work...

here are some photo of his rx-7.. BTW after almost 2yrs been outside it still holding up without any issues and he don't have time to wash or wax the car much so for a cheap paint job it worked great... believe total cost was around $50-75

Sorry can't find any close up:

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BTW the car was orangish red and we covered it with black and repainted the red with red..

here is a bike we did also

As you can see it was green... did for the rx7's wife.
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Like others have said if you are going to use spray paint don't cheap out. My old roommate preped and sprayed an old Camaro with $0.99 primer and paint from walmart only to have the flat black fade then flake off after a month. Another option would be picking up a gallon of semi flat black automotive paint and spray gun from ebay then borrow a friends compressor.

I did this back when I was 17 using flat black primer.

Few things i learned:
-Primer will absorb water and any bare metal under it will start to rust then will will have to start all over
-spend time and prep the car. Simple car wash will not remove all grease and dirt. Spend some time sanding the car and work your way to finer grit sand paper. I didn't and I noticed a lot of sanding marks and chips after I painted.
-mask off trim and glass. I got lazy and tried to paint around it. as you can see it did not work so well.

Here is my current project. I'm not quite finished yet but I've spent under $125 in materials including automotive paint, epoxy primer, bondo, fiberglass, and spray paint.
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oh here's the biggest tip you'll get:

get one of these

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oh here's the biggest tip you'll get:

get one of these

haha yeah, I use that whenever I paint ANYTHING

and thanks for the tips everybody!
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