Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Riverside County, California
Re: Satin Black paint job
I had a question about the paint on my Monte, I hope the individual doesn't mind if I post it here, in the interest of the info, and my reply:
"you mentioned that the paint looked horrid now, and needed a re-paint. Did you use "paint" or just primer, and how long did it last befor it went bad??
"I used rustoleum satin, not flat, black thinned per their instructions (acetone back then I think) sprayed thru a non-HVLP gun. my car had the roof, sail panels, hood, trunk, and rear fender tops stripped to bare metal. I used no primer ( this was really "temporary"!), just cleaned and shot.
Car was painted almost 7 years ago, those pics were taken in 06 and I wanted to recoat it again (another quickie!) in 09. So a 5 year paint job?!? there is surface rust showing underr the paint, so this is OK in a dry climate, not by the beach or anywhere there are any "real seasons".
I guess a paint job that lasted about 4-5 years for under $50 that took longer to mask than to mix and shoot isn't too bad...
But I remember back when, doesn't seem like that long ago (it is that long ago, really) that I could paint a car with decent glossy paint for about $150 in materials... Thank you, inflation and EPA/CARB!
I am thinking of TCP paint for the future, time/money permitting, but we will have to see. They have a really cool satin metallic orange I would like to try. At least get the car back to being orange again.