I remember 21 cents a gallon during a price war. I wasn't driving yet, but I was cutting grass and buying gas for the mower. That was in the early to mid 60's. I do remember the black and white TV and newspaper ads for Earl Scheib. Earls' face was in all of em.and gas cost 25¢ a gallon
You make a lot of good points, especially about black. I absolutely refuse to spray black, because if the surface isn't perfect, it will look aweful!you can do a half-decent job with spray cans, but it's rarely seen. First there needs to be a lot of prep work, second you have to by quality paint, and third you should use a color that doesn't show imperfections like white. Lastly you have to lay down enough paint, which means a LOT of cans! So, in the end, it probably pays to use a paint sprayer. You can get a cheap one probably at harbor freight. It won't be as good as the nice spray guns, but it is likely to be WAY better than a can!
I remember getting gas for $.20 cents a gallon in Utah when my parents were visiting relatives, but buy the time I was driving I think the cheapest I ever got it was $.70-75 cents a gallon, and then the oil embargo hit and it was $1.35 a gallon over night! That was hard on a college student!
The thing about Earl Scheibe was that you could do all the prep work yourself and mask it off, and they would still shoot it! Sometimes they didn't look too bad if you didn't get too close, but the paint was VERY cheap so it didn't look good for long!
I painted my own car. My brother's friend used to own a body shop so he loaned us all of the tools. He came by to check up on us and I'm sanding away trying to smooth things out. He takes a walk around the car and then he says "So, what color are you going to paint it?". I answer back "black". He hesitates a bit, and then he says " Boy, that's going to look like a sack of walnuts going down the road!" then he follows up with "You should think about painting it baby blue, or white; white will hide a multitude of sin!". So, I took his advice and exchanged the black for white. After shooting it it didn't look half bad. He was right white DOES hide a multitude of sin!
I will yield to your experience with the Harbor Freight gun -- sometimes you can get cheap stuff that works there, and sometimes no. I also remember he pointed to my right front fender and said it would take him about 20 hours to get that good enough to paint black, and he's good (implied I'd likely not ever get there!). I'm thinking to paint the Buckland some kind of popping yellow (high visibility and won't show the less-than-perfect bodywork!You make a lot of good points, especially about black. I absolutely refuse to spray black, because if the surface isn't perfect, it will look aweful!
Although, I wouldn't necessarily agree with the Harbor freight spray gun though, I made the mistake of buying one of those once. Bad idea. I couldn't make it spray right to save my life. Finally broke down and bought a Devillbiss set, what a difference! Shot my truck with a Devillbis GTi gun, oh man is that a sweet gun!
The key to any good paint job is the prep. It took me two days to shoot the base & clear on my truck. Then it took me two weeks to finish the cut & buff on the clear to make it look like it does now. It's not perfect, but I can honestly say I did every bit of it. It's my blood, sweat, and tears(literally), that made that truck what it is now. I'm proud of that.
Rrrright ! I had a 65 Chevy II SS that Earl painted for a tad bit more. It looked ok.... :|Earl painted my 64 Chevy, for $49.95
I too used rattle cans on my 68 VW busRrrright ! I had a 65 Chevy II SS that Earl painted for a tad bit more. It looked ok.... :|
In the late 70's, I was on vacation in Phoenix. Rental cars were expensive, so I bought a 64 Corvair Greenbrier (window van) from a "Sludge Lot".
I painted it with 22 $1.00 cans of spray paint . It was red with a satin Black belt-line and a white roof. It had Cragar mags with wide oval raised white letter tires ! (I only fogged the edge of the roof the same white color, since you really couldn't see the top.
The car dealer that watched me paint it on a side street in Phoenix, said it was better than Earl !
It must have been, he bought it 2 weeks later when I was ready to fly home....It was on his front row later that day ! =)
Never underestimate the power of a rattle can in the right hands !!
I got the paint FREE (I knew a guy who knew a guy ) !!!This puts you in a special class! How long did it take and how many cans of paint? That was a real labor of love.