How can you paint your own car?

I have an 86 cougar that I would like to fix up but it has some paint fading everywhere. I don't have enough money to go spend for a paint job and I don't know anyone who could do it for me. Any suggestions on how to do this at home? And I am not trying to make it some professional job just a clean paint job with a decent shine.

Asked By: Colton R - 2/10/2009
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ryan is ok to a point. If the car has no major damage or rust issues you don't need to strip to bare metal. Whip the car down with a grease and way remover, sand the paint with 80-120 grit sandpaper, clean off the dust and tack rag the paint, the next step is to shoot a sealer/primer. After that continue as ryan stated... More
Answered By: lawagoneer - 2/10/2009
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well, a rattle can from walmart can look decent enough. not show car, but can do in a pinch. or you can pick up a spray gun at a second hand store for about 20 dollars, but then you need a good place to spray that won't attract flies, and an air compressor.
Answered By: Michael S - 2/10/2009
sand it down to bare metal, use glaze or bondo in the dints, i prefer glaze because it wall last like 6 years longer, then you sand down the glaze/bondo, to were it is sight with the body, then put on a coat of primer, then wet sand it and primer it again, then you apply the coat of paint, then the clear coat
Answered By: ryan - 2/10/2009
ryan pretty much nailed it jsut be careful with the type of paint/primer you use
Answered By: jockinsamp - 2/10/2009
Look here --- I have painted several trucks this way......
Answered By: METROPOLIS1 - 2/10/2009
If you just have paint fading and no rust get some rubbing compound, rub out the old paint and give it a good wax I use turtle paste wax and a buffing pad on a drill.
Answered By: Rayvin - 2/12/2009
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