With money being tight nowadays, perhaps the solution to giving your car a new look would be to indulge in some car spray painting. If the mechanics of it are in good shape, but the body is not so hot, then painting it may be the ideal solution.
It is a great money saver, but even more so if you do it yourself as opposed to having it professionally done. You can do it if you learn the basics and follow the instructions for car spray painting. It’s important though if you decide you are going to undertake this project that you are prepared to see it through till the end.
First of all, you need some supplies. These consist of:
- coverings to protect the unpainted areas and masking tape to hold these in place
- a good car wash detergent and brush as well as a wax/grease remover. The car must be
- various grits of sandpaper
- primers and paint that is urethane base for the car spray painting
- paint sprayer
- safety equipment such as masks, goggles and protective clothing
- knife and putty for fill ins.
You must be sure that you wash the car thoroughly to remove all grime and debris. If you don’t then these things will be set in with your paint, giving a very discouraging look to the finished job. Follow up with a wax/grease remover so the paint you use for the car spray painting will adhere properly.
Remove any rough spots by sanding. Once this has been done be sure to rinse off any of the loose sandings. This is where you will want to use the putty to fill in any minor pit marks, that are have been caused from stones for example.
Don’t get in too much of a hurry to start your car spray painting. The car must be completely dry so it is best to leave it to do so for a few hours. You can go ahead and cover any of the areas that your do not want to get paint on.
Now you are ready to start with the primer. Don’t skip this step, as it will give a much improved look to the finished project. It helps the paint to adhere properly and allows for a more even finish. Next, once the primer is dry you will need to lightly sand it down.
You are finally at the step you have been waiting for. Its time to apply the color for your car spray painting. Whether you have chosen to use aerosol paints or a spray gun, the premise remains the same. Only apply thin coats. Several will probably be needed. Many light coats are much better than one thick coat. You will be able to tell just by looking at the car how many more coats of paint it will need. Some may only need two whereas others may need three or four.
Finally, down to the last step and that’s applying the clear coat. This is done exactly the same as the colored coats.
Now you can clean up, step back and admire the masterpiece you have created.