Oct 31 2016

Paint your own car for under $200 (or how I learned to love Rustoleum) #rockcliff #auto

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Paint your own car for under $200 (or how I learned to love Rustoleum)

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I have a 1971 VW Westfalia camper bus. It was in bad need of a paint job when I got it. Someone had painted it with what I believe to be house paint. No bueno :( I decided I had to take care of it. I figured I would do it cheaply, but I wanted it to not be an embarassment either. The reason I was so interested in d.i.y. and cheap is because I want to take it camping but not stress about scratches etc. I wasnt shooting for show-quality paint here.

After some googling I came across 2 really good articles on painting your own vehicle with Rustoleum , so I figured I was game. The two sites are:

The $50 Paint Job

I used the $50 paint job for reference and Cheapskate’s for moral support.

Please keep in mind this did NOT cost $50. It ended up costing me about $175, and 2-3 weeks of spare time . I wanted to do a 2-tone paint job, so my time investment was doubled.

Apologies, but I did not track individual material costs closely, only the total.


Two quarts of Glossy white Rustoleum

Two quarts of Sunset red Rustoleum

4-6 high density foam rollers and handles

4-6 touch up brushes

2-4 paint tray inserts

1 gallon of mineral spirits.

A few tarps or drop-cloths

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