View Full Version : No more Siberian camouflage

09-27-2009, 10:30 AM
The entire time I've had my truck I have gone back and forth on leaving it or cheaply painting it. All you guys with older trucks know its a decision we wrestle with; some for a couple of minutes and others for years. Without dwelling on how long I wrestled, while having lunch with Steve, Randy and Dee last Saturday - I made my choice to cheaply paint it the next day.

For the entire time I've know him Randy has been offering to help me get my truck painted cheaply. His Blue Mule is pretty much all self painted and I think he should apply for a patent on the process. The cheaply painted process and method is very straight forward; remove what you can, mask what you can't remove and shoot everything else. If you feel the need to prep, do nothing more than run it through a car wash. If you find your self entertaining thoughts of smoothing this rough area out, prepping the surface with sand paper or cleaners - stop the thoughts. The key thing to remember is that once you deviate from the process you have left the realm of cheaply painting it. Upon leaving the realm, you are in another world where expectations vary and seldom align with achieved results.

Before you all set off and cheaply paint your trucks, you need to know if you qualify for the process. I have developed a quick checklist to assist potential candidates.

1. If cosmetic defects are something that bothers you, this is not the painting method for you. Even with the best of results will be full of cosmetic defects.

2. If you don't have $35.50, this is not the painting method for you. It requires (for FJ40) 7 cans of paint ($28), 2 rolls of tape ($6) and 1 newspaper ($1.50 on Sunday).

Assuming you're ok with the checklist items, there is not much else to get in the way. Of course, in my situation I spent a couple of hours Saturday evening running across the south side of town to find my paint.

A big thanks to Randy, who did most of the spraying and let me use his garage for the day. I really love the new color and it is a big improvement over the Siberian camouflage paint job. As far as naming the truck, I've had a couple of suggestions; Babe (Paul Bunyan's Ox), Bluebell and I'm sure at some point something will stick - for now I need to come up with a new way to describe my paint.

I wanted to keep the paint job under wraps until the 40's run but the boys leaked word our on their face book pages. Here are some photos of the prep, painting and past week's wheeling.

















09-27-2009, 10:51 AM
Nice job. Looks great

09-27-2009, 10:58 AM
looks great ricardo! you even broke in the paint!

09-27-2009, 11:06 AM
looks great

Uncle Ben
09-27-2009, 11:08 AM
Looks great! How about....

Blue-by-you ;) :lmao:

09-27-2009, 11:28 AM
Nice job, what a difference!

09-27-2009, 11:44 AM
Looks like a new rig. I was amazed when I pulled into the parking lot for the run yesteray and saw it. I think I'm going to get some rattle cans of Forest Green and go at mine once I get the rust repaired. I have some mismatched doors and hardtop needing paint too. :thumb:

Caribou Sandstorm
09-27-2009, 12:16 PM
Uncle Ben's caption is both clever and accurate...In the FJCruiser world, we call that Voodoo Blue! Your FJ looks awesome!! The tops is cool too, looks like a Blue Icon..

09-27-2009, 01:37 PM
Ricardo, the rig is looking uber :cool:. Like Martin, think I might have to invest in some spray cans.... Maybe they'll hold up better than Maco:rolleyes:.

Only thing i'd suggest when doing this is to have a good respirator system. Those chemicals in the paint will mess you up.

09-27-2009, 01:48 PM
It looks great Ricardo. It was nice to see it on the run yesterday.:)

09-27-2009, 02:23 PM

09-27-2009, 06:02 PM
Here's a shot from the 40s Only Run. It completely changed the look of your 40, Ricardo -- looks really cool!


09-27-2009, 06:05 PM
Here's a shot from the 40s Only Run. It completely changed the look of your 40, Ricardo -- looks really cool!


seriously.. talk about a transformation!!!!

Looks great!!

09-27-2009, 06:33 PM
It looks really good and will never be better. You may remember me touching up the "Yellow Habanero" I had to carefully retrieve my specially equipped yellow spray can. Once I had it and the can was prepped I was able to star

I took my old used garage rag and cleaned the area that needed to be re-painted.:rolleyes:

Now when you clean the area make sure you use some type of liquid so you can grind the old dirt in, spit will do if needed.

Next determine wind-speed, direction and moisture content. :blah: :blah: :blah:

Now here comes the hard part, you need to make sure that nozzle thingy is pointed at least 60% towards what your painting.:hill:

Now push down on the sprayer button and paint your tires:D

09-27-2009, 06:49 PM
Awesome, just awesome. Viva el toro azul!

09-27-2009, 07:34 PM

Your rig is sexy now, but if your looking for straight up pimpin this is the way to go!

Shark Bait
09-27-2009, 08:50 PM
Wow. Very nice, Ricardo! I bet the neighbors are happy. :D

09-27-2009, 11:03 PM
Sweet! Now you gotta get new wheels!

09-29-2009, 10:37 AM
Wow, it is amazing what a little paint can do!


It looks great man, keep up the good work!

09-29-2009, 10:58 AM
Looks fantastic, really like that combo of blue and gray.

09-29-2009, 09:15 PM
The one good thing about rattle can painting it's easy and it look's great when done and if you happen to get a scratch it's easy to fix..

Look's good

09-29-2009, 09:49 PM
Ok none of you other old timers said it by now so I will... somewhere in heaven there's a guy named Phil who's smiling. :)

09-30-2009, 12:58 PM
just used the same method to paint my 40

09-30-2009, 02:04 PM
I'm diggin that color! Looks good Kipper!


09-30-2009, 06:40 PM
Ok none of you other old timers said it by now so I will... somewhere in heaven there's a guy named Phil who's smiling. :)

Yeah, I remember when Phil showed up at the RS Swap Meet at Slee Off-Road with his freshly painted 40. Thanks for the reminder. He was a great guy.

10-01-2009, 09:12 AM
Thats Smuftastic

10-01-2009, 10:14 AM
Wow! I'm impressed. Something to keep in mind when I paint the rig.

Though I'm tempted to use a gun still. Have to see how it goes!

10-01-2009, 10:46 AM
Wow! I'm impressed. Something to keep in mind when I paint the rig.

Though I'm tempted to use a gun still. Have to see how it goes!
If you have the gear I don't think there's really a downside to doing it with the gun, it will be more uniform. But Ricardo's truck looks great and I see it as more an example of sometimes we tend to obsess too much on things, you know? Will spending 20x the money on the tools and paint end up with 20x the paint job? If it keeps your junk from rusting too much and keeps it looking respectable, long live the rattle can bomb paint job! We don't exactly drive car show queens here.