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DIY Car Painting with a Cheap Wedding Tent Solution

Trying to decide if painting a car yourself is or is not the best idea for a car project, but at least doable with satisfying results? Here’s one car owner’s journey that is a must-watch for anyone looking for an affordable way to DIY paint their car and what to expect in the process before making a commitment.


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As a continuation of my “Bad Husband Car Repair Projects” article where an intrepid car owner from the Ronald Finger YouTube channel learns the ropes of how to paint while working on a 1985 Pontiac Fiero 2M4 restoration project, here’s an interesting video from the host that many car owners who DIY their projects can identify with: Namely, all those little and not so little things that can and do go wrong while learning how to do your own DIY car painting on the cheap.

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The Value of This Video

The value of this video is that not only will it help you decide whether or not to take on this type of project, but also demonstrates what it takes to really do the job right when working on the cheap to help cut costs rather than allow a project turn into a money pit that would have been cheaper going to a professional.

That said, here is the video in its entirety that is a joy to watch and learn from while quietly cheering on the efforts of the host as he learns from his mistakes.

How (Not) to Paint a Car | 1985 Fiero 2M4 Revival - Part 11

And finally…

For additional articles about DIY projects you can do on your car, here are a few selections that are proven winners for most DIY mechanics:

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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timpanogos (not verified)    July 27, 2022 - 8:01PM

Speaking as a former OSHA compliance officer, using a painting enclosure that is made of combustible material is dangerous and is specifically prohibited by regulation. To be safe, a paint booth is also required to have a sprinkling system. What a home owner does is not regulated, however the safety standards are in place for a reason.

Timothy Boyer    July 28, 2022 - 10:52AM

In reply to by timpanogos (not verified)

Thank you for the warning that is a really good point not only for one's safety, but I can imagine your home insurance might not cover a fire resulting from a home-made painting enclosure. Now that I think about it, I remember reading about someone building a small paint booth for model car painting using the blower motor from a thrift store electric leaf blower to draw away the paint fumes and overspray. Turns out the overspray got to the electric motor armature and ignited explosively during the spraying. Thanks for the input, it just might save someone's life and home.