Painting Your Land Rover

Painting Your Land Rover

by David Walker

There was a request that I put on some painting information, so here it is.
There are four parts to this; the links below will take you to them. You may wish to
print the information.

  1. Materials and Equipment
  2. Preparation Procedures
  3. Painting
  4. Paint Details and odds

So why am I writing this? Well, I guess I should tell you that I have some
painting experience but I think that my teaching experience is more important
in both my learning and the information I am able to relate to others.

There are two photos here, the first photo is how my Land Rover looked in
1991 after being parked for 9 years. The second is when I finished painting her
in November 1997. I put her back on the road in Nov. 1994, after 12 years
of sitting.

Before painting

After painting

My background

I’ve done some painting, even very expensive cars, on the side. I was also trained how to paint ALUMINUM masts… fairly useful when it came time for me to paint my Land Rover. I can assure you that the owner of a 500,000 dollar boat wants his mast painted at least as nice as the car he drove up in. The owner then takes the mast and puts it in a salt water environment, lets halyards slap against it for days on end, never washes it or polishes it and wants it to look like new for the next 15 years. I have also had over 50 vehicles and played with them all.

In the past, I have had the pleasure of painting my own vehicles in boat yards, garages and sheds! I live on a sailboat and have to make deals and trades to get to use land based luxuries such as a shed.

The painting information that I am going to pass on is from real world experience in real world environments. There will be no references to Down Draft Paint Booths, Supplied Air, Pre-heated Vehicle Bodies, Pneumatic Longboards and the like.

I painted my Land Rover in a shed with no heat. I worked on it in late October with temperatures between 36-50 F (2-10 C). 30% of the shed time it rained within an hour of painting. 60% of the time the humidity was above 80%. One wall was open to the weather with a dirt lot outside. Any one who has seen the paint job on my Land Rover and has done some painting before, will tell you that these are “challenging” conditions. There is not one run, sag or orange peel. I would be bold enough to say that anyone can paint their vehicle. Pick better conditions than I had, follow some of my advice and you will have a first time paint job somewhere between MAACO (yuck) and an expensive paint shop.

About teaching. I run my own company, Wahoo Adventures. I teach people how to prepare themselves and their vessels for cruising. I also teach sailing. In the past I have taught everything from Physics to Survival Skills, Structural Engineering to Sea Kayaking, just to mention a few things. When I wanted to learn about something (after I had been to University) I sought out a leader in the field and approached them, explaining my background and personal philosophy, and was hired on to train. You would be surprised how many employers will take on someone new to train them a skill, as long as you already have skills that interest them.

If you have specific questions, please ask me directly: email here


Stay at Home Father
1970 Land Rover IIA, 88″ – “BEAN TOAD”
Ural Motorcycle – S/V KALAKALA, Ingrid 38, ketch

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