The Best Car Painting Tips
Having your car professionally painted can be an expensive and daunting task. If you’re looking to paint some sections of your car then you can take your time and do it yourself. Whether its rust, blemishes or you want to do an overhaul paint job, look for the proper tools and ingredients and you can do it in your garage. Here are the steps to take when painting your car:
Get The Right Car Painting Supplies
Car painting a car takes time, you need to spare some days or weekends in order to do the job effectively. Begin by gathering supplies:
● Get 1200- and 2000-grit wet- and – dry sandpaper
● Powdered sander
● Masking tape
● Air compressor
● Spray gun
● Paint thinners
● Acrylic topcoat
● Clear coat lacquer
For safety purposes, it is recommended that you have a face mask and safety glasses.
Amount of paint that you will need will vary with the size of your car. A medium sized saloon car will generally need 1 gallon primer, 2-3 gallons of top coat and 3 gallons of clear coat.
If you are repainting areas the same color, look for the color code for the exact paint of your car. The color code is located on the vehicle compliance plate, take the information to an auto shop and they are sure to give you the exact color match.
Create A Good Workspace
Before you start painting the car, you need to prepare your workspace first. Make sure to clear the area of dust and debris, a covered shed with a dust extractor is the best option. Making sure that your area of work is cleaned and dusted will help in preventing blemishes. If you are painting your car outside, make sure that the weather is conducive enough to allow you to do the job. Avoid trees and other things that may drop debris onto the car.
Starting The Paint Job
Sanding The Car Body
The first thing to do when car painting is to sand, you need to remove the paint that was currently there so as to apply a new one. You can sand all the way to the bare metal but it is not necessary. Make sure to finish off using the wet-to-dry sandpaper so as to smoothen the panel for the paint to bond to. Sand in circular motions. Once done with sanding, use thinner and a clean rag to remove the dust. Let any residue dry off before you start painting.
Mask the areas that you do not want to be painted using the masking tape and making paper.
First wear your safety equipment before starting this process, wear your face mask and safety glasses for maximum protection.
Mix the primer with thinner according to the instructions on the can. Start priming from the roof going down, you will need 2-3 coats in order to evenly apply it. Curing times will be indicated on the packaging. Allow primer to cure completely before applying another coat to get desirable results. Once done, sand the vehicle again to give a bonding surface for the paint
Painting The Car
Mix the topcoat with thinner according to the package. Apply the topcoat just like you apply the primer. Apply 3-4 coats allowing each application to cure before beginning another application. Before completing the last pass, wipe your car to remove any powder residue.
Repeat the steps as was with the primer and the topcoat. Apply 2-3 layers of lacquer in order to get desired results. Remove the masking while the clear coat is still wet. Allow the clear coat to cure and buff accordingly
Painting your car is easy and can be done at the convenience of your house. You will evade high prices from professional car painters and you will get the same results.