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I'm poor, theres no way around it. My car is starving for a fresh coat(or two) of paint. Problem is, I have no clue about costs, quality, or info. I was wondering if there were any home solutions to painting your car. This wouldnt be happening untill next summer probably, I'm just trying to figure out my options. I figure i can mask off myself, and i'm not so bad at body work. If decided to go to a painter, what would the costs be like? Again, any do-it-yourself solutions?
 

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Paint is 90% in the prep.
I did my first Mazda some years ago.
I wet sanded down to primer
Did a few ding repairs with some bondo type body filler
I removed anything that could be...trim, headlights, door handles, badges...anything that could realistically be taken off.
Then I took it to Maaco. They shot it for like $350 with their highest quality urethane. Not a base/clear coat, but I was very impressed with the urethane...it looked great and held up well. I sold the car about three years later and the paint still looked great.
 

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Harbor freight is a great source of cheap tools, including painting tools.

Reds are the most expensive color - white and black are cheap.

I think you need 2-3 quarts to paint your CRX.

http://autocolorlibrary.com/p101.html

The quality of the paint job is usually determined by the prep work - and most of that is just plain labor.
 

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I painted the roof of my car with spray paint. It nothing like the finish of the stock paint, but its not bad. I would not recommend this method for painting your whole car.
 

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Maaco, as grouch stated "can" do good work as long as you do the prep work and take it to them fully prepped and ready to paint. Ive seen a couple of cars a few friends had done in a similar process that seemed to be above their average quality curve too..
As far as a choice of paint is concerned, I prefer a urethane based base/clear compared to any single stage topcoat. Urethane or not, a urethane base/clear paint job is simply tougher, they get a lot harder. A single stage paint coat never really dries, technically its always soft, therefore not as tough.
As far as how many quarts it takes to paint a CRX, well that depends on the kind of paint you use... With a standard ppg or dupont basecoat, Ive heard of people getting the job done with a quart of color. Dupont chromabase has a 1:1 mix ratio so youd be getting 2 quarts(1/2 gallon) when you add your reducer, so paul was pretty close there. And usually a basecoat is the most expensive part, dupont has a value line of clearcoat under their nason brand that is really good, and runs around 100 dollars for the clear and activator.
 

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I remember that guy.

Read up on what this guy did.I spent the better part of an evening learning what this guy did to his cars.
I wont bore you with a readers digest version...just read it!
Like its been said before a paint job will only be as good as the prep work. :wink:
 

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prep the car yourself then take it to maaco.. they do ****ty prep work but they are decent at painting. DA the whole car, until its not shiney anymore. make sure any bare metal spots have some kind of paint on them.. spray paint works to cover bare metal. then make sure its sanded again. then maroon scuff the whole car, then grey scuff. (1500grit) after all this, wash and degrease the car.. comet works for a degreaser. then tape off everything you don't want to have paint on it. pop out the door lock things, everything. spray the first coat lightly.. called a "dust" coat. then after everything is all done. wait a few days for it to harden, and wet sand and buff starting with extra cut compound, and then 1500 polish, then use final glaze and apply it by hand in straight lines. so you dont get swirl marks. 3M makes all these products. and when you buy the paint. make sure its PPG or some other good manufacturer.
 
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