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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-28-2000, 07:20 PM
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Any of you guy's painted your Bronco's with spray cans? I have an 82 xlt that I am replacing fenders front and back, and was thinking about doing it on the cheap. Any helpfull tips would be great.
p.s I don't want spend a lot of money on paint, just to cringe at the sound of a branch scraping it on my next hunting trip.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-29-2000, 09:42 AM
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Re: Painting?

I did a Ford pickup with spray bombs once and if you use good paint and take your time it will come out decent. Remmember that just because you are using paint out of a can, if you want it to look good the prep needs to be good. Wal-Mart in my area sells spray cans with a pattern similar to a spray guns pattern. I don't remmember the brand of the paint but it was around $3.50 a can.
I have a friend that uses industrial paints on his trucks which saves some coin too if you have a spray gun and compresor. They don't look bad either. He says the secret is high pressure and thin coats.
Just some thoughts for you, hope these help you out.


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post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2000, 07:14 AM
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Re: Painting?

Body work is the key. If you get it straight enough, you can use spray bombs, and get decent results. If you want the spray bomb paint job to look like it was done by a body shop, you can wet sand off your orange peel with some 1500 grit paper (1000 grit will work well too, just use alot of water). I painted an old 83 F-150 with cans. I painted it in my driveway on a hot sunny day so that it would bake on almost as soon as it hit the metal. After wet sanding it, I was surprised by the results. You can always go to Maaco for their economy $150 paint job too.

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