We Painted this 1979 Chevrolet Blazer with Rustoleum and a Roller

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Over the last year, I’ve been working on a 1979 Chevrolet Blazer. It was a pretty clean truck with only 60,000 miles, but many, many New England winters had taken their toll. The idea in resurrecting this truck was to keep the budget as low as possible, and that meant getting creative with the paint. I ended up painting it with a gallon of Rustoleum and foam rollers. I’m pretty happy with the result.


I documented the entire process of rebuilding the truck at You can read probably more than you’d ever care to about how I put the whole truck back together.

The short version is that I have a few auto body skills, but I didn’t have the equipment required to weld in patch panels and new rocker panels that LMC Truck provided. Instead of buying a welder, I took a night class at Assabet Tech — a high school in Hudson, Massachusetts — and did all the heavy lifting there.


When I finished all the bodywork, I had hoped to paint it at the shop there, but I ran out of time. My next option was to paint the truck at MAACO, but as you can see in the last installment at, that didn’t happen.

Instead, I decided to do something that I’d seen in both Hot Rod Magazine, and at RickWrench’s “$50 Paint Job” website: I chose to paint the truck with a gallon of gloss black Rustoleum and foam rollers.


The entire process was a real learning experience, which you can read about over at BangShift, but suffice it to say that I’m absolutely thrilled with the results I got. Given a little bit of time and patience, you can turn out a really respectable paint job without a whole lot of masking, and without fumigating your entire house with a spray gun.



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Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

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