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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