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Spray Paint my W124 wagon?

  • Spray bomb it satin black!!

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  • Leave it as is, it's a driver. Who cares?

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  • Fix the rust and paint the front end gloss black like it's supposed to be!

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I'm pretty sure I'm going to spray bomb my '95 wagon satin black, just curious what you folks think about it? The paint on my hood is peeling and both the hood and ds fender need body work and paint, as they're both rusting. The fender I will probably replace with a new one as they're pretty cheap.


Here's my fender, although it's gotten worse by now:


I've already replaced my PS fender and painted it base/clear gloss black from a spray can. That paint is already chipped like a 5 year old paintjob, and I installed it last winter. I also need a new front bumper cover.
The idea here is to do some minimal body work, tape up all the chrome and paint the whole car satin black. That way, it'll be completely black instead of two tone and the chrome strips/emblems/grille will set it off. I am also ditching my 18's to go with a set of 17" AMG replicas. What do you think?

 

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do what you want. but i think it looks good gloss black. if you prep it and take it to maco they can spray the areas cheaper then if you decided to spray paint the whole thing.

i spray painted a jeep i owned because the paint was so bad. it looked good. i sanded down all the old paint and then started to paint the jeep. it took about 20 hours to do the whole thing. i removed all the trim and other crap from the outside, and i had a garage to do it in with a forced air propane heater. i was able to heat my garage up to 80* in the middle of winter in Wyoming.

it will have more resale value if you keep the paint looking good.
 

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I'd definitely do it right and go with the gloss black. Rattle can jobs always look like hell (used to work at a body shop so I am picky) and as mentioned you will have zero resale value. The rest of the body looks to be in decent shape so I wouldnt go ruining that just for a couple panels.
 

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I think satin black or a dark grey color would be very cool, and truthfully I've been seriously considering this on my wagon project.

An example:

 

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Flat paint is cool if it's sprayed in a booth with a gun and clear coated.. :) If it's rattle can, chances are it'll look dumb.
if its cleared it wouldn't be flat paint.



or did i miss something there :confused:
 

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if its cleared it wouldn't be flat paint.

or did i miss something there :confused:
Depends on the clear coat.. :)
If you paint your car satin or flat, and have it cleared with a pre-flattened clear coat, it'll still be flat. It'll be richer than most of the rattle canned paint jobs you see, which is the effect you in reality want - like with the B7 RS4 above.. :)

The idea of having a satin black car with chrome details, I'd go for it :)
 

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I think satin black or a dark grey color would be very cool, and truthfully I've been seriously considering this on my wagon project.

An example:

The finish you showed in this pic is actually a vinyl cover if you didn't know. Wonder how much it'd cost to have one put on a 124.
 

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If you're talking laquer thinner, you best keep that rag away from your factory finish too :)



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The finish you showed in this pic is actually a vinyl cover if you didn't know. Wonder how much it'd cost to have one put on a 124.
I was wondering about that. Is there a way to tell for sure?
 

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It will take a lot of spray cans and it will look like crap when its done, spray bombed cars always do.

If your dead set on having a flat black wagon, A cheaper and easier way is to get some spray cans made by a paint shop in your oem paint and clear. After prepping, spray the hood and fender and your grey lowers, with a proper flash time between each coat of paint and clear. Let it cure, then wetsand with 2500 or 3000 grit. You will have a satin look and if it doesnt work, you can buff it back to shiney. I recommend that you wetsand a test area on your hood first.
 

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Wow, I'm not getting any emails when you guys respond. That's strange! Better check my settings again!

As for the paint guys, SATIN, not flat!! :) And everyone who's seen crappy spray bomb paintjobs, you've never seen mine. I worked for four years at a body shop, I know my way around body work and can definitely spray from a rattle can better than the average bear. So keep that in mind, when comparing, think of it as a 'professional rattle can' paintjob!!

To paint the whole wagon with spray cans, would probably take me about 20 cans of paint to do it 'right', at $5 a can that's $100 in paint. A decent HVLP gun, shop time, even RustOLeum/Tremclad and thinner and whatnot would add an easy $500 to this. I obviously don't care about resale value, the wagon LOOKS good in the pics but 322000km have taken a toll on the body. It's not horrible, but this car will be getting replaced with a low mileage W124 wagon in the near future. I've already painted and cleared the pass side fender, and it turned out alright with a decent gloss but the paint isn't very strong and has lots of rock chips toward the front of the fender. The satin paint I use is for bumper covers so it has flex agent added in, which also helps it resist rock chips much better. So in short, I think once I've finished the body work on what's in the garage now I'll probably pull the wagon in shortly after and do that and spray bomb it satin black........
Maybe I'll get a little crazy and rent a spray booth to do it 'right' :thumbsup:
 
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