Paint Your Car Yourself – With a Roller
I’ve been a subscriber to Hot Rod for a very long time (my interest in cars is a rainbow of many colors, don’t you know) and I always enjoy taking a walk through the literary equivalent of Muscle Beach every month. Lots and lots of go-fast stuff.
This month’s issue has an article titled “The $99 Paint Job” by Christopher Campbell. It is investigative journalism from a practical standpoint, and I’m not being facetious when I type that. In the article they attempt to replicate the claims that have been passed around for years that you can paint your car with a roller, yourself, and get a good-quality paint job using regular Rust-Oleum exterior enamel paint. Incredible as it may seem, that’s the story.
I’ve heard about this for years, and as the writer notes, it’s taken on the reputation of a kind of urban legend. Some guys on have actually posted the results of the paint jobs they did with enamel and a roller, and so Mr. Campbell decided to see if the legend was true. The article is excellent, with lots of accompanying photos and step-by-step delineation of the process, which is a bit more detailed than just rolling the paint on to the car. It is a labor-intensive job, but you can’t beat the price, that’s for sure.
The end result, according to Mr. Campbell, was astounding considering the materials and application method. It’s not a paint job you would want on any car worth real money, says Campbell, but was a better-quality job than most quickie paint job places give you. Its really amazing, to tell you the truth.
If you want the whole story, you’ll have to buy or borrow a print copy of the July issue of Hot Rod, because it’s not available online.