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Roller Painting Your Car

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kerry67, Sep 3, 2008.

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  1. comp
    Joined: Jan 18, 2008
    Posts: 156

    from So. IN.

    just Pledge :eek:
  2. Harris
    Joined: Feb 15, 2007
    Posts: 863


    That looks really good IBB41

    There, with a compliment maybe this thread won't get closed - I really like seeing the different results...
  3. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,712

    from Buffalo NY

    But, just maybe he does not care what other people think about what his car looks like, maybe, just maybe it means more to him to have done something different himself, and I've seen it up close and it looks just as good as most backyard paint jobs I've seen.

    It's hot rods fellas not a cure for cancer...
  4. Dandingo
    Joined: Dec 20, 2005
    Posts: 298


    The paint on that website the OP posted doesn't look bad at all, especially for $100. But when I check out his flickr site I counted 15-20 coats of paint! And that doesn't count him stopping in between to sand the bad spots and repaint.

    So calculate what your time is worth. Would it be worth it to buy paint for a bit more and spray it on in much, much less time with much, much less effort or is it worth it to spend who really knows how long to do that much work?

    I built a little '70 bug about a year ago for a daily driver had one of my friends put a one stage on it. The paint was decent stuff, cost about $300 and came out not perfect but very damn good. We were at the paint booth for about 2 hours total. Sign me up for the quicker job any day.

    This is all just my $.02 of course.
  5. Johnnyzoom
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 319

    from Florida

    Most of you guys badmouthing the roller-paint jobs couldn't pick one out of a lineup for one of two reasons:

    a- It doesn't look bad. Won't be mistaken for a high-$$$ paintjob, looks kind of like an old car paint job, imagine that. To anyone trying this, let each coat dry at least a day.

    or b- You'd be too busy trying to focus on something else not to like about the car, stance, height, chop, etc.
  6. Doc Squat
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,375

    Doc Squat
    from tulsa, ok

    I wouldn't let three finger -err three window Larry paint anything.
    Like I told the kid, "Your music's not too loud, it just sucks and so does OKC!"
  7. What a strange thread. You'd think someone posted a political opinion the way folks are arguing. Are we debating the merits of paint application or I dunno, gay rights or something? I'm confused. And I posted in the thread!

    Paint is paint - some ways to apply are more work than others - some ways require more or fancier equipment or a buddy with access to same - do what makes you happy, to each their own, and for the 85th time, paint is paint, it doesn't give a damn how it gets on whatever it is you want to paint - your car, your house, your ass, whatever.
  8. Dick Dake
    Joined: Sep 14, 2006
    Posts: 788

    Dick Dake

    I would do it if it turned out like BB's. Deere green and black.
  9. what can I say, I'm a low buck kind of
  10. Chops
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 89


    All the cars shown that have been painted with a roller, its pretty obvious it was done with one. Low and high spots everywhere and definite start and finish appearances. You spend tons and tons of time trying to be cheap when for half the effort you can just do it right the first time. Spend a little dime get your self a cheapo spray gun and start practicing I am willing to bet you can turn out a better paint job in half the time if you just practice and do it the right way and stop trying to find a "easier, cheaper" way of doing it. You're going to end up costing your self more in the long run. Not to mention all the tedious work it takes in between coats just to try to make it look semi smooth.

    IMHO stop wasting time with this roller crap and do shit right!
  11. Oilcan Harry
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 906

    Oilcan Harry
    from INDY

    This seems to me to be a reasonable option for painting where the air quality people make spraying difficult or illegal? Its not going to be show car quality but I wouldn't care. I don't like overdone super expensive paint jobs anyway.
  12. comp
    Joined: Jan 18, 2008
    Posts: 156

    from So. IN.

    would wax last longer ??
  13. I'll have to agree...with a couple caveats.

    I'm a metalshaper not a painter. I've painted 8 cars...maybe 9...I've slept since the last. I'll probably paint my roadster..with HVLP.

    The first was nitrocelluose lacquer (sp), about 30 coats, wet sanded between every 4 coats. Looked like glass for about 2 years which was about the life of the paint unless you kept it inside. I've done plain enamel but didn't like that it never got hard and you couldn't color sand it. When I was a kid enamel or lacquer was a holy war...kind of like Chebby or Ferd today. (Or maybe US or imports today)

    When the two stage stuff came out, I went to that. I've done base/clear and if you've got a booth that's the sweet system but if not you'll never get a good basecoat without a bug or spec that will show up under the clear like a stain on a white Tee shirt. I switched over to HVLP shortly after it came out, mainly to save material and cut down on overspray getting on every dang thing in the shop.

    I depend on color sanding because I'm not a pro painter and don't have a booth. I also don't do base/clear or metallics for the same reason. With hardened solid colors, you can color sand to PERFECTION....or scuff it and add more paint if you're not happy with it.

    I don't believe the paint really cares how it gets applied other than some of the exotic stuff other than the thickness of the paint and proper curing times. Would I roller a car? Probably not but I don't doubt that a decent job could be done with enough prep (prep is the KEY to a decent paint job).

    I remember reading an interview with one of the early custom painters who revealed that his first paint jobs were done with....ready?... a bug sprayer. Later, his wife got an Electrolux vacuum cleaner with a paint sprayer attachment (remember those?) and he said he thought he had died and gone to heaven.

    That said, I build english wheels and I've tried all kinds of paint over the years. We currently use Rustoleum hammertone and it works great, dries quick, looks 'industrial', touches up well with rattlecans, etc. The solid colors though don't dry very fast and I doubt they will colorsand because they take forever to fully cure. Plus I doubt they will have the life that most folks would want on a car. A better approach would be the TRUCK & TRACTOR paint available at Tractor Supply. In addition to John Deere green they have that best of all hot rod colors...International red! (And CAT yellow etc). And they have hardener for 8 bucks. With the hardener you can color sand it. Yeah it has isocynates so use with the proper precautions. Tractors have a hard life and we used the paint for some time before we discovered the hammertone and like it just fine other than dealing with the hardener.

    I didn't see anything here suggesting that this technique was as good as a pro $10,000 paint job but let's be honest. Some folks just aren't going to lay out that much money even if they have it. I don't see anything with this question that should cause anyone to get pissy about it. It's just paint guys!
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2008
  14. comp
    Joined: Jan 18, 2008
    Posts: 156

    from So. IN.

    seen a bug sprayer job,,,didn't look it at all
  15. spiffy1937
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 732

    from Florida

    When I was in high school my Father bought a '57 Plymouth for my sister so she could drive herself to a local college. He decided to brush paint the car in our garage and I couldn't believe he would even consider doing something like that---it was so stupid, in my opinion. Well, I couldn't believe how the paint turned out, it was fantastic!! No brush marks, super shiney I had to show all my friends right away and no one could believe it was done with a brush! My Dad just said that's how they always used to paint their cars---- I still can't figure out how he did such a nice job.:confused:
  16. Chuck R
    Joined: Dec 23, 2001
    Posts: 1,347

    Chuck R

    Yea , but it wouldn't smell lemon fresh
  17. comp
    Joined: Jan 18, 2008
    Posts: 156

    from So. IN.

    lol lol lol lol lol lol
  18. To each their own. I built this truck for my wife on a major low budget.
    1 gallon of Rustoleum = $18
    3" foam roller & brush = $3
    Very happy wife = priceless

    There are no high or low spots, no start and stop lines. It's a daily driver and looks just fine the way it is.

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  19. Vinny of Destruction
    Joined: May 7, 2008
    Posts: 70

    Vinny of Destruction
    from wisconsin

    My buddy did his Corolla with a roller and single stage rustoleum. Honestly I was really surprised at how well it turned out. ;)
  20. Diavolo
    Joined: Apr 1, 2009
    Posts: 815


    The flamers obviously have never dealt with a hand rubbed lacquer finish.

    In addition to wrenching on cars, I am also very fond of music. I have some wood seasoning to make a hand carved archtop guitar. Many instrument makers use home dissolved lacquer flakes, rubbed in with a cotton rag and olive oil to achieve a finish like this. That's what I will use when I get to that point.

    I've seen sprayed on paint that looked like butt and I have seen roller painted paint that was as smooth as glass. Hand rubbed lacquer instruments are the most highly prized finishes for their sound quality and their attention to detail. In the end, it comes to attention to detail and quality effort. Don't knock the process, but the processor.

    I imagine if I didn't already have a compressor and a gun, and I was working on a low buck ride that I had plenty of time to spend on it, I would paint it with a roller and sand and buff it out till I was happy. If I also lived in a restrictive community that would frown on the smell of solvents, I would prefer to roller it and keep the neighbors out of my business.
  21. Side
    Joined: Feb 28, 2009
    Posts: 157

    from Berlin, OK

    chopped51 is that satin brown I see?
  22. It's call Barn red I think. But it looks brown to me. And yes it's satin. There's lots of build pictures in my online album. Help yourself.

  23. Cosmo49
    Joined: Jan 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,233


    FWIW, that's one beautiful truck, from one daily driver only vehicle to another.
  24. FatDave
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
    Posts: 78


    I'd believe it was the cheapest... but if it dried the quickest I'm sure it was purely coincidental.
  25. Mopar34
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,028


    The rolled on paint probably looked a lot better than one I saw that had "flocked" vinyl wallpaper all over it. :eek:

    Fortunately it was a p.o.s. car to begin wth so nothing was really lost. Oh yeah, the "flocked" was red flocking on a white vinyl background. Looked real dashing. :eek::D:D
  26. pontiac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 769


    My dad roll painted a Karmann Ghia a long time ago and it turned out surprisingly good. No high or low spots or start/stop lines. He painted it on a hot day and the paint flowed together decently. Wasn't an easy car to roll paint though haha.
  27. 39cent
    Joined: Apr 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,569

    from socal

    Is roller painting 'trad'?
  28. GlenC
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 757


    In 1970, when I was totally broke and newly married, our 'daily driver' 1959 Hillman Minx needed a ton of bog to hide the rust that was eating the cowl supports out, and a coat of paint to hide the bog. I bought a few foam rollers and a gallon of mis-coloured house enamel (yucky bright green) for $5 from the paint shop and went to town on it one fine weekend.

    On Friday night it was pale blue and rusty with heaps of bog showing, and by Sunday afternoon it was shiny green and roadworthy! Forget thinning, sanding or anything, just straight enamel out of the tin and onto the body. I drove it like that for a few years, until the rust started eating out around the bog, and the cowl got so weak the passenger door would fly open every time I went round a right turn corner. (Right hand drive remember!)

    Cheers, Glen.
  29. Hazman1929
    Joined: Jul 13, 2009
    Posts: 51

    from Kemah, TX

    My body was in rough shape with a lot of pitting. I fixed the major rust areas and decided to do something different than I had seen anyone else do on a rod. I rolled the whole car with Rhinoliner, never have to paint again...some people hate it some people love it. I like it and I guess that's all that counts.

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  30. BullyDog
    Joined: Sep 17, 2009
    Posts: 40

    from Atlanta GA

    with todays paints , It almost doen't matter how you get the paint on the car. You can wet sand and buff it to a fine finish....I had a O/T Chevrolet pickup with thick black paint someone had sprayed, I mean this thing had celulite , I 600, 800, 1000 it and buffed looked great afterwards !!
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