How to Paint a Car


Nothing gives your car a brand new feel than having a new paint job. This can revitalize the entire look of the automobile and make you feel good about owning it all over again.  If you wanted to change your car to a fun color or even tone down your car from previous color, then painting your car would be a great option for you. Here is your opportunity to change your car to the color you want. You can compare this paint job with the task of painting a house. This project of giving your car a fresh coat of paint is well worth the time invested. If you’re up to the task, read the instructions below to find out how to paint a car. You’ll have the care you’ve always wanted in no time at all!

Instructions

Items You Will Need to Paint a Car:

  • Paint (any color)
  • Primer
  • Pair of Gloves

  • Respirator
  • Air compressor
  • Spray Gun
  • Masking tape

Step 1

Find a place where you can get a spray gun. Use the same ones the professionals use. Research to find the best rental price for this equipment.  Tell the staff at the store that you plan to repaint your car. They will tell you all the other equipment you’ll need to get the job done fast, easy and with minimum complications.

Step 2

Wash the car. Clean it well so that all the buildup, dirt and debris does not interfere with your paint job or how it will look. You don’t want to paint over a dirty surface it could cause inconsistencies in the paint job.

Step 3

Remove the finish coat and wax from the exterior of the vehicle. Use commercial grade wax remover and/or a degreaser to make sure there are no residual traces of wax on the body of the car.

Step 4

Use a 25o grit sandpaper to smooth any spots the previous steps have missed. If you see any glossy spots, that’s a sign of residual wax spotting. Sand these spots as they become visible to you. Also, fill any digs or knicks in the body of the car. These will show up through the paint if not corrected.

Step 5

Make sure the vehicle is grounded. Hook the wire from the car to the grounding part.

Step 6

Use tape to cover all tires, chrome, windows and any other place you need to protect from paint spray.

Step 7

Carefully put on a coat of primer.

Step 8

Now, it’s time for the top coat. Apply the paint. You may use several coats.

Step 9

The last coat of paint should dry for 30 minutes. Use fine sandpaper to go over the body of the car.

Step 10

Put on the clear coat.

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About the Author: Vincent Carreno is a cars enthusiast who loves all things about cars and the automotive technology. He is also the chief editor at a local magazine which shares new, exciting and informative articles about troubleshooting car problems.

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