Doing a paint job on a budget March 18, 2012, 11:03:55 PM I got a couple paint jobs in the past couple years and I can't believe how much the price of materials and labour has gone up in the past 5 years! I paid $7500 for my dodge pickup truck 3 years ago, $4000 to paint the cougar (December) and another $2000 to touch up my skyline from rock chips. These days if you want cheap you gotta do it yourself! I tried last year to paint with my compressor in the shop and I had too much moisture in the lines, even with toilet paper filters. So I got myself an Earlex 2 stage turbine painter ($380), some sand paper, some Rust Scat urethane enamel paint and paint thinner (although I found out thinners are not compadible with enamel paint it makes orange peel effect have to use mineral spirits). My material costs are $57 for a gallon of glossy black paint, $35 for disposable masks, 1 gallon paint thinners, masking tape, mixing cup, stir stick, paper paint strainers, and a pack of scotch bright pads for scuffing the paint. So total cost of all my materials is $472. Not bad and I have the option of no clear coat or maybe I will wet sand and use some exterior Varathane finish for wood as my clear coat. I was thinking of using old newspapers for masking paper, I do have some brown kraft paper in the shop if the newspaper is a pain to deal with. I sprayed the hood today, it is just a couple degrees above freezing in the shop, so not ideal for painting, but I did get a nice thick coat of paint on, tons of dust, but nothing that can't be wet sanded out. I will post pictures when I am done as my cord for the camera is at my girlfriends house.