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Old November 8th, 2013, 02:57 AM
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Painting an Ex-Mod. Is it a sin?

Does anyone have thoughts about painting over an old ex-mod's NATO paint with a normal color to make it more civilian spec in appearance? I'm wondering if doing so would be sacrilege. It seems that the NATO paint is probably very high quality and would last forever, but it is also very.... Green for lack of a better word. Exploring options now.
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I think painting over the NATO would yield a very poor result. I would think you would want to strip it and repaint it.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 06:05 AM
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I've seen folks swap body panels vs stripping that paint...
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A full colour change including the interior would be incredibly expensive. For the Brit army one layer of pant is never enough.

Says he who rattled canned his truck just to get colors to match.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 07:42 AM
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I wouldn't recommend it, but you could always get a mop and a bucket of Nato Olive drab and slop it on like most of the ones we have seen released in the 80s. It would keep it "original".

Seriously, you probably want to strip all the old pant off and start with the bodywork and aluminum etching primer. It won't hurt the value to pick the color of your choice. The 90, 110 and finally Defenders offered some good colors as well as the series models.

Metallic just doesn't cut it with most people. The semi flat nato green looks good as well.
So many colors, like trying to name an unborn child... ahhh the choices, so many choices.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 08:05 AM
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I would recommend soda blasting the panels back to bare aluminum rather than trying to paint over the olive drab.
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Sinner! Just kidding. It's your truck. Do what makes you happy. If it was painted with NATO CARC, it's not going to be easy. CARC is chemical resistant paint.
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If the paint is sticking well to the aluminum, them maybe sand it and shoot it with black semi gloss.
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I've seen folks swap body panels vs stripping that paint...
That makes complete sense to me.
Anyone that's tried stripping NATO paint would tell you that it is a festival of pain trying to strip chemical resistant paint. Also you can't use even the mildest media abrasive or you'll risk destroying the thin panels. EDIT: or as Doug and others suggest soda blasting, but even then you'll be at it forever and I've heard of people distorting the panels if they're too aggressive

I tried stripping a flat roof a few years back that had several layers of NATO paint and gave up after several gallons of stripper only got half the roof done (and not well). If there is a stripper that can handle NATO paint, you probably aren't allowed to have it!

I doubt painting over it would yield a passable result either, but depending on what standards your going for, maybe give it a shot.
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I used the roller method on my speed boat over the summer... it actually worked very well. Cost me about $150.00 for paint and materials...
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I sent a dished bonnet to AlohaRover from my ex-Mod 109 and he did a really nice job of stripping it.

It's going on his project.
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