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Re-Painting___Anyone DIY?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by gatrapper, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Sep 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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    gatrapper

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    Has anyone ever done a DIY new paint job on their Tacoma's?

    Don't really want to spend a bunch to have a professional service do it since the truck is always out in the woods.

    I have the sprayers and equipment to do it myself, just didnt know how tough of a job it would be.

    If anyone has any pics, info, or tutorials, I would be appreciative.
     
  2. Sep 7, 2011 at 9:32 AM
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    A good paint job is all in the prep It's not an easy task to so right at home But I've seen it done before. there is more steps then I have to time to list I would buy a few books on body work and auto painting and do a lot of research online before you tackle a paint job.
     
  3. Sep 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM
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    Painting it the same color or a different one? If its the same color, the work will be much less, since you wont need to completely take everything apart.

    How much experience do you have painting?

    I personally want to do some work on my Taco myself, but im practicing beforehand on a junked car my father had.
     
  4. Sep 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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    Could be the same color or could change it, don't really care.

    The truck isn't horrible, but I have several spots where the previous owner had a bug guard and it scratched the hood. Also a few spots where the paint has began to flake.
     
  5. Sep 7, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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    It can be done at home in your garage but you need to know what you're doing otherwise it's a lot of time and money wasted. The paint in itself isn't overly cheap. I had a buddy of mine paint a motorcycle for me and he did it all in his garage. We spent days on the prep, filling in pits, lots of wet sanding, etc. After I dropped off the panels to him, I don't know what he did afterwards but it came out great!
     
  6. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:01 AM
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    So maybe a $500 Macco paint job isn't looking so bad now.
     
  7. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM
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    why you say that?
     
  8. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:04 AM
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    $500 Macco is always a bad idea.
     
  9. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:05 AM
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    You would be better off leaving it the way it is.
     
  10. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:09 AM
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  11. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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    LOL. I have though about bed liner. Probably wait til I buy another Tacoma before I re-finish this one.
     
  12. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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  13. Sep 11, 2011 at 9:31 PM
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    This truck is a work truck - not a lot of fancy mod's here, but it's getting the job done!
    I agree with the Maaco not being that cheap afterall - I went in for the 299 promotion in my area but walked out with a 1,500 quote. take out 500 if I prep work(sand down and make surface ready for paint including removal of badges) myself and take out another 400 if I dont do the clear coat... so, thats still 600, which is double the promotion cost... but, again, to change the color from white to anything else is 150/door (add 300) there and to fix the dent under my drivers side ext cab window was another 500 (add 500 not in original quote)... long story short the nickel and diming and lowball get me in the door advertising leaves me thinking about rattlecanning my truck... its only a work truck after all...nothing special. A good write up with the step by step instructions would be great. I have some rust, some house paint, some peeling, some cracking, some dents (which I'm leaving intact), etc
     
  14. Sep 12, 2011 at 9:42 AM
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    It can be done, but it takes some work if you want decent results. Like others have said, a colour change is a big job. This is my old '92 that I repainted red. I had the use of a paint booth to do the final paint though. All the body work was done in my garage. Practice on something you don't like first. Painting is a practiced skil but can be done by anyone if they take their time.

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  15. Sep 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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    Im in the same boat as you, don't want to spend alot on nice paint because it'll just get scratched up. Now im sorta leaning towards desert tan line-x
     
  16. Sep 12, 2011 at 5:19 PM
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    Forgot to mention in my previous reply. Cost can vary wildly depending on the paint you choice. I scored a great deal on the acryic laquer(i know cheaped out). Less then $200 for all the paint supplies.
     
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