I took a week off of work. This was no vacation–I had work to do. Specifically a variant of the internet-famous $50 paint job. I had actually successfully painted the roof panel for my Corvette using the roll-on method I found on Rick Wrench’s website (http://www.rickwrench.com/index79master.htm?http://www.rickwrench.com/50dollarpaint.html). My paint actually turned out quite good but let me tell you, you will sand until your arms fall off if you do a whole car. That’s why I took a week off work, my arms are needed to type on computers so I’d need them to regrow before returning to work.
I started out with the same roller and Tupperware I’d used for the Corvette roof. I hit the whole car with my random action orbital sander (thanks Harbor Freight) with 220 grit, then 400, and then hit it with a block wrapped in wet 600 grit. Then I took by roller, my Rustoleum Satin Black in one quart can, mixed in some acetone and rolled a section of hood.
I came out the next morning to crap. If you try rolling paint on a car in the middle of winter, expect crap. I fully expected crap but I expected I’d clean it up like I had the gloss black from my previous project. The only thing I didn’t think about is that you can’t clean up satin or flat paint–if you sand it, it gets shiny or at least doesn’t match the paint on the rest of the car. I’d have to spray.
Back to Harbor Freight I went and picked up one of their finest $9.99 spray guns. I picked up a $4.99 regulator to attach to the bottom of the gun while I was at it. I highly recommend the regulator, I tried spraying without the regulator and it’s hard to have any idea what pressure is at the gun without it, I lost a lot of pressure in my 50′ Harbor Freight air hose reel (not Harbor Freight’s fault, just the 50′ of hose connected to another 20′ line from the compressor, a second regulator, and an oil/water trap). I bought some mixing cups from the store that sells it all, Amazon, and went to town.
In retrospect, I believe gloss would have probably been easier to deal with since I could sand out and then buff any runs. But gloss would have highlighted my nearly complete lack of body work or even rust repair that I completely neglected in my quest for burnouts and loud engine noises. I spent all five nights of that week spraying and spent the day sanding. I learned some good tricks, such as wrap your sandpaper around a paint stir stick to sand out runs (so many, many runs). The most valuable trick I learned is to pay someone else to paint your car.