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click above image for a gallery showing the paint job's progression

I'm a big fan of the flat-black rat rod scene. A 1930s-era Ford with minimal aesthetic improvements contrasted with a beautifully-tuned flathead is my kind of thing. That said, however, there are some collector cars that truly need that glossy sheen to look their best. And as part owner of a 1965 Mustang in dire need of paint, I know how much it can add to the cost of a restoration.

The guys at Jalopy Journal also know about pricey paint, which is why they too were impressed by this guys' ability to paint his 1966 Corvair in his driveway for $50. The ingredients include two quarts of Rustoleum, mineral spirts, and instead of an expensive spray system, foam rollers.

Yup. Dude painted his Corvair with paint rollers. In his driveway. He said at first he worried about the bugs fatally stuck in each of the seven coats, but sanding took 'em right out. Step-by-step instructions encourage others to do the same.

The final product looks good in pictures, and an eight-month update from the owner shows the paint smooth and shiny even without the first coat of wax.

If anyone tries their own DIY paint job, let me know how it works out. The Mustang's red paint gets closer to pink and the bank account closer to red every day. You can check out some shots of the paint job's progression in our gallery below, or click the Read link to see the whole thing with captions.

[Source: rickwrench.com via The Jalopy Journal]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Dustin Karrick
      • 1 Month Ago

      All the arguments on both sides: It come down to this. Do you have more money or time? I learned about this from an old hot-rodder long before I read this article. There was a time before paint was sprayed.

      • 7 Years Ago
      $50 plus labor. If this is his hobby and he has lots of free time, then its all good. I sure wouldn't want to spend all of that time painting and would rather spend hundreds to save my free time.
        Rick Miller
        • 10 Months Ago
        Right, god forbid you take any time away from your X-box world championship practice time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm seeing it a single stage paint job how many times did you swap out the rollers? just curious it's not outlandish for this to be possible but for 50 dollars i'm still thinking roughly 250 in supplies between paint, tape, rollers, polish, sandpappers, etc.....things you can't recall but just end up needing but it looks like a 2000 dollar paint job JUST for paint not body so still GREAT job!
      Cash Brim
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a,Toyota corolla 1993.I need it paint the same color.its in great shape just needs a paint job.if anyone do it for a great price call me at 718-930-4242.
      • 1 Year Ago
      any place around the greater buffalo area where I can get this procedure done? I have a 93 Nissan pickup that has been baking in the florida sun for 20 years! but I only have 67,000 mile on it. please text me @ 3154095151... tnx
      • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, I have chatted with the person that originally did this to his charger. Please give credit where its due.
      • 5 Years Ago

      JOB Applied for: Auto Painter
      Name: Imtyaz Ahmed
      Father's Name: Gulzar ahmed
      Address: House # D_155, Mohhalah Hijrat Colony, Civil Lines, Karcahi South Pakistan
      Contacts: Email: imtyz2009@yahoo.com Cell# 92306-2315183
      Age: 25?12?1982
      Personal appreance: Slim/healthy, Hight: 5'.6", Weight: 55Kg, Asian Brown, Medically Fit
      Educartion: HSC
      Certification: Auto Painter from Mandi Wala Motors
      Total 18 years of Experience as Auto painter.
      Worked with local workshops for more than 10 years.
      Worked with manadi Wala Motors as Auto painter for 3 years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice job, but it's $50 only if the hours he spent wet-sanding are worth nothing to him.
        Rick Miller
        • 10 Months Ago
        True, he should have more wisely spent those hours in front of his TV with a joy stick in his hands. That pays much better and is a much more productive use of his *spare* time. Honestly where do you people come from?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I painted my 65 Mustang in the driveway and it turned out alright. I just used the cheapest paint that was still the original color and it cost about $120. I used an air compressor with a moisture filter on it and worked in small stages. It took about 4 coats.

      You can see the project from start to near finish here:
        • 7 Years Ago
        nice car. hope the blue wheels are just a step torwards some torq thrusts and not the final choice. paint look nice too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow! Your mustang came out great.
      • 7 Years Ago
      NICE! the driveway paintjob alive and well. I remember painting my brothers old datsun 510 in the driveway and having it come out great. I used a Binks Spray Gun instead of a roller though.

      That corvair looks really nice. Interesting to see how the rustoleum holds up over time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Old guy report. I think that new cars manufactured in the teen's and 20's were brush painted and then sanded. In the 70's I remember advertisements in the British Autocar for brush paint touch up and repair kits. I have an 89 Jeep Cherokee beater that needs some help in the paint department. I had thought of doing it this way. Now I know I am going to do it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      heh old news. method has been all over the web for at least a year now. actually tried it this past spring break on my old bucket and came out verrry nice. if i put another few days of painitng/wet sanding it would look like a completely professional paint job. but i was to tired/lazy with school coming back so i gave up about 3/4 of the day done. looks 100x better than it did prior to the ghetto paint job.
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