Planning for a car body painting? here are few tips and steps that will be helpful to you while getting your car painted. Car painting is usually done by a professional auto body shop; the task requires all kinds of special equipment and safety precautions

What will you need?

  • Plenty of 1200- and 2000-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper
  • An electric or air-powered sander
  • Plenty of 1200- and 2000-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper
  • An electric or air-powered sander
  • Masking tape
  • Newspapers (for masking off)
  • An air compressor
  • A spray gun
  • A buffer
  • Paint thinners
  • Facemasks
  • Safety glasses
  • Undercoat (one or more gallons, depending on the size of the car)
  • Topcoat acrylic or enamel paint (three or more gallons, depending on the size of the car)
  • Clear-coat lacquer (2-3 gallons or more, depending on the size of the car)
  • A dust extractor (not totally necessary, but will help keep the area clean)

 

Preparing your car for painting:

Cutting:

Cutting is using an abrasive compound to removes thin layers of paint. Cutting can be carried outdone as a prep step before you apply paint or afterwards to blend the new paint into the old. There are different types of compound, each with a different cutting power.

Sanding:

Sanding removes the top layer of your car’s paint using abrasive materials. One of the most important parts of paint preparation, it’s well worth investing time to do it right for professional results. Depending on the job, sanding can be done with either sand paper or an electric orbital sander, and you’ll need to use different grades of paper depending on the task.

Priming:

An essential step in painting metal surfaces, and one you’ll need to do before applying any top coat or color, priming seals the surface and creates a protective barrier, creating the ideal surface for the color coat paint to stick to. High build primers contain high solids which help to smooth any imperfections on the bare metal.

Choose Right Paint:

Whether you’re painting your car a totally different color, or matching the existing paint, you’ll need the correct shade. Once you’ve picked the correct color, check out our step-by-step guide to painting metal right here.

Steps to follow:

1)Wash the car and hose down the surrounding area. If you plan to paint something with detail on specific areas of the car, block off those areas with the masking tape and paper now.

2)Use the power sander to strip away the old paint, using circular motions. You may have to manually sand the corners and other tricky areas. Go from front to back and make the surface as smooth as possible; the smoother it is, the better the paint finish will be. After sanding, wipe down the whole vehicle completely. Dust, sandpaper remnants, and other debris will cause imperfections in the paint.

3)Mix the primers with the thinners. Apply the primer, working from the roof down. It might take 2-3 coats to cover the car surface completely. Assume 10 minutes per application and 20 minutes of drying time. When dry, the primer will be powdery on the surface so use the 2000 sandpaper to smooth and wipe it down.

4)Clean the spray gun and wipe down the primed surface with a rag slightly dampened with thinners. Note: If you apply too much thinner to the rag, the thinner will strip the primer you just applied.

5)Apply 3-4 coats of the paint with the same sweeping strokes. Again, each coat will take about 10 minutes to apply and 20 minutes to dry. Before applying the final coat, go over the car one last time with the sandpaper followed by a clean rag to get rid of any final residue.

6)Apply the clear coat lacquer.

7)Remove the masking tape while the lacquer is still wet.

NOTE: If you find any problem areas, sand them with the 2000-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper and re-spray.

8)Once everything is dry, buff the whole thing with a soft buffer, using a circular motion. Be careful not to stay in one spot too long, it could ruin the finish.

9)Best practice always is to consult an expert to do this job, and Doers are the ones you have to choose.


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