Paint

When it came time for paint I was going to shoot the car in single stage urethane. Well that all changed when I read the article in Hot Rod magazine in the Winter of 2007 Paint and body issue. "PAINT YOUR CAR WITH A ROLLER FOR $98"  Now I have been painting for over 30 years and seen every gimmick and cheap paint job known to man. Well I bought the issue being they used a 62 Falcon as there test car. After reading the article and researching  the process for over a year I finally decided to try it after a buddy of mine bet me I couldn't make it look at least as good as a 70's factory enamel paint job.  There is a forum called http://rolledon.forummotion.com  that was full of guys that gave there cars roller paint jobs. Some amazing work. I used Rustoleum marine paint with enamel reducer, hardener and some Penetrol.  I started with just the rear quarters and trunk area because that had the worst of the rust issues. My thinking was if this doesn't work then I would strip it and shoot it in urethane. I would only be out some time and one quart of paint. After 10 coats of paint, wet sanding between every 2 coats the results were beyond my expectations. As far as durability it's been 4 years and the paint still looks amazing, it's rock hard and the stone chip blend like a dream. For a $200 investment and a lot of wet sanding it was well worth the work. It blows peoples minds when I tell them the paint was rolled on.  At the bottom of the page you will find the link to the original Hot Rod article.

I used Rustoleum filler primer in a quart can applied with a roller and reduced with some lacquer thinner. Block sanded like butter and filled great. For the door jams, back side of the trunk lid and tight areas I used the marine paint and shot that through a cheap Harbor Freight touch up gun. Flowed out great.

Please go to http://rolledon.forummotion.com/t747-1963-ford-falcon to see the entire process.

Primmer
Primmer
First coat, nasty
First coat, nasty
10 coats wed sanded and buffed
10 coats wed sanded and buffed
Doors, fenders and hood in perimmer
Doors, fenders and hood in perimmer