View Full Version : This last week I painted an MR2. (MAJOR 56k WARNING: PIX)

03-22-2009, 12:41 AM
First off, I can't emphasize enough. Prep work, prep work, PREP WORK. When I first got a hold of this beast, as you'll see from the pics, I knew I had my work cut out for me. Everything was faded and/or oxidized and/or pitted like a champ. SO. With my help, we got to sanding down. When we started sanding, I realized that this car had been painted over before. So I had to go down at least past the faded layer, through a coat of primer, then there was another color below that, which looked like super red. Then another coat of primer, then metal. Now. In most places we didn't need to go past the layer of super red. There were a number of places though where it was pitted so badly that we had to go down to metal (or plastic depending on what part) and sand the rest out smooth. There was not a single part of this car that didn't have every square centimeter felt by hand repeatedly from sanding, clear through to the clear coat. Now. Here's the kicker. All of what you're about to see was done... ENTIRELY... with rattle can. On with the pix.

Here's a shot of the fadedness on the back and top.

From the other side. Again, faded red top

Grossness on the PS fender. Also notice red mirrors

Shot of the frunk and headlight covers

Sanded down the frunk. There were several places where that had to go down to metal, but it was very smooth

This thread's death and destruction and gore shot

A little closer in on that fender. Notice the rippling on above the wheel.

From the DS

Sanded down the trunk. Again, had to go to metal in a few places. Rounded it out nice n smooth though.

Those fenders were a pain to get off.

Sanding down the front bumper. That thing wound up going mostly down to plastic cause it was pitted so bad.

There be the frunk with the 1st coat of primer on 'er

More faded awesomeness of the red top and mirror

Getting primer on the body. And I'll reiterate. It was solidly felt. Every square centimeter was felt up before, and between all coats. Each coat of primer, each coat of color, and each coat of clear.

Same thing from the other side

Primered trunk ready for color

Primered bumper ready for color

So between the coats we felt 'er up all kinds. This is after the red coat. We decided to go with a two-tone black on crimson red (Color code 3J6) Notice the masking in the back for the black two-tone.

From the other side.

After we sprayed the red and let it dry, it was time to pull off the masking so we could spray the black. Here's a shot of the crisp line we pulled off after the red color was done.

Here's from the back.

We also decided to do the mirrors in black as well, so the next two are of the mirrors including the pillar up to the roof.


Here's a shot of the frunk and fenders awaiting clear coats

Rear bumper got painted red too. We just had it mocked up for the shot

Got it all masked up for the two-tone. The next two shots are after the 1st coat of black on top. It was also down the front, on the mirrors, and in front of the T-tops.


After the top coat black.

On the mirrors

Don't forget the small details like under the top by the brake light.

All the bolt on pieces sitting purdy in their respective colors.

Same shot, but with the frunk.

After the two-tone spray was done, we peeled the masking off so we can clear coat the whole thing all together.

A close up of the badassery with our crisp two-tone line.

Pimp juice on the mirrors.

Hittin it from the back

So, rather than waste time taking, hosting, and posting shots of the clear coat process which you wouldn't see anything different, I just skipped to when we were putting things back together.

From the front

New sexy back end with the blackness on the spoiler, side pieces, top, trunk, and engine cover. That engine cover was a royal pain in the neck to paint because of all the slots. Trying to get the paint down into the panel below them without overspraying and causing runs was a real chore. But we got 'er done and it came out better than even I thought we could

One from the other side. There's another spoiler side piece that was not on in this pic. It goes around the antenna. But it was black. My help just didn't have it on in time for the pic.

Just before we took the masking off the windows from the front.


The reason we did rattle can was cause we were too cheap to buy a compressor and related equipment. Plus it was a project designed to basically get 'em by till he had enough money to pay someone for a real nice pro job. Which will probably be in about 5-7 years when it gets faded again. Haha, but all in all I feel like it came out REALLY well. No orange peel whatsoever. Color was VERY consistant. Layers are solid. And it looks sharp as hell. Discuss!


03-22-2009, 01:42 AM
I approve. Now do mine. ;)

03-22-2009, 02:28 AM
Rattle canning FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It looks good man, it turned out really well!

03-22-2009, 04:26 AM
We did a great job. Im suprised that we got it to turn out like as good as it did. But while Im thinking about it did you ever find that little piece that goes around the antenna?

03-22-2009, 05:47 AM
looks good for a rattle can job :rockon:

03-22-2009, 08:27 AM
Aw g'day. Ladies and gents, Nate has entered the thread!

Mario: Bring 'er on up mang! You can pay in beer and food. Lol

But yes, I'm actually pretty impressed with the results we got from those rattle cans. It'll be all shiny and such too once we get 'er all buffed out. Then we'll get some real good pics of 'er. Nate, I hope you got that DSLR ready! We'll be heading out to Horsetooth before I get out to Iraq!

03-22-2009, 04:00 PM
I have a ton of photo ideas. Now that the paint is all spiffy and new I will be taking pictures all the time. but yeah horsetooth for sure and possibly some other mountain shots. I think my car looks better than Quinn's now, I can show it off :)

03-22-2009, 05:10 PM
it looks like you guys tiger striped the roof and front trunk. Spray painting a car is never a good idea.

joe's gt
03-22-2009, 06:08 PM
It looks decent for a rattle can job. The panel by panel method made it turn out a lot better than if you did the whole car at once.

Are you gonna buff her out by hand or with an electric or pneumatic buffer? I think you can only do her by hand since you rattled the clear. An electric or air buffer has the chance of burning through and taking off some of the paint.

But definitely looks better than all of the other rattle can jobs I have seen.

The only way to really do it right is with an hvlp, but that requires mucho dinero so not to bad for what you had to work with.

03-22-2009, 07:14 PM
Any of the coats that look tiger striped were the primary coat on the layer. Eventually after we buff the clear out (Probably by hand for reasons Joe'sGT said) we'll get some close ups.

03-22-2009, 10:26 PM
^^ agreed. In person the final coats of color look really good. there are a few spots where we got heavy with the paint but I think we did a fairly good job blending those spots. Expect pictures of it all shiny and pretty here in a few weeks.