If your car is starting to show its age, one way to breathe a little cosmetic life into it is to give it a new paint job. At the same time, a good paint job can cost thousands of dollars. Over at Instructables however, a full-vehicle paint job only has to set you back about $US75.Before we go any further, let's be clear: the paint job that Instructables user Styluss applied to his old Chevy Beretta isn't at all the same as a professional job. It does, however, look really good, much better than what you would expect a home garage paint job to look.
To get the job done, all he needed was a trip to his local hardware store for six litres of different types of paint, some primer spray paint, foam brushes, sandpaper, paint trays and some painter's tape. The whole thing cost him just under $US75, and while the amount of time he put into painting his car in his own garage needs to considered alongside the money he saved, the whole project is still much less than a professional job. Styluss notes anyone trying this shouldn't need more than 2-3 litres of paint, and as long as you have a clean working space to let the paint dry, anyone can do it.
At the end of his walkthrough, he says that this isn't for the show car or the new vehicle that you scuffed up, but if you're driving an old car or just bought a used car that needs a little love, it makes for a great and affordable project. Hit the link below to get the step-by-step instructions.
The Poor Man's Paint Job [Instructables]