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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 19, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Cheap color coat

Anyone know of a cheap way to do a color coat for a truck bed? Both auto body dealers I’ve talked to want $350-375 for two quarts of paint and clear. I tried the little dinky cans of duplicolor. The color matched great but their clear coats are dryyyyy. Any ideas? I’ve tried searching online and haven’t come up with much.
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Re: Cheap color coat

A big factor, is do you (or a friend) have an air compressor? If so...

Go to a local automotive paint supplier. They will typically have a lower cost product line (such as commercial or industrial).

I am not an expert, but I'd guess some sort of primer (etch?) and or sealer, and then a color coat... Could even go single stage (no clear)…

You can pick up a cheap spray gun at places like Harbor Freight (often on sale for $10-$15)…

Buy two guns, and you can toss them instead of cleaning, IF you don't see any further use.

A quart of paint should be sufficient.

Of course, with primer, paint, activators, reducers, the spray guns, moisture filters, the spray guns, masking paper and tape, you are still probably looking at $100 minimum, and then YOU new to supply the labor...

Color coat, probably get by with one quart, IMO...


I did this about two years ago when I bought an El Camino with newer paint but an new, unpainted SS hood... I wanted it to match. No show winner, but looked nice enough to help the later sale...

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Re: Cheap color coat

For a beginner DIY I wouldn't recommend single stage unless the end result doesn't need to be great.

O'Reilly's sells Nason, it's DuPont/Axalta's entry level. It's a fairly low price.

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Re: Cheap color coat

Look up Raptor 2k bed liner in aerosol.
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Yes I have an air comp and high dollar gun. We’ve painted several several vehicles around here. This is just a “farm truck” and I want it to be the same color. Not looking for show quality. I got quoted on some Nason today and it was still $375. I had forgotten about Axalta. Might do a search.
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Re: Cheap color coat

Have you looked at Southern Polyurethanes ?

They only have a few basecoat colors but have really good prices

https://www.southernpolyurethanes.com/

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Re: Cheap color coat

Summit has some paints that are much less than the $375 for what you're doing.

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Yes I have an air comp and high dollar gun. We’ve painted several several vehicles around here. This is just a “farm truck” and I want it to be the same color. Not looking for show quality. I got quoted on some Nason today and it was still $375.

I think mine was PPG Omni? (can't find the receipt), picked up a quart, custom matched, and activator, etc, and still well under $100... Even here in California... I brought in the gas door from my El Camino and had them match the color since it wasn't stock... I wet sanded and polished a small portion (~12" diameter"), and it looked great... For a bed, just wanting matching color, shouldn't be too difficult or expensive...
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