Tips for Painting Your Car Yourself
There are a host of reasons why so many people do not want to have their cars professionally painted. Cost is the main reason; having your care professionally painted can be expensive. The idea of painting your car may sound daunting, but you can do it if you are willing to learn how to do it. In this post, we will give you some tips that will help you paint your car.
Pick the location
Your first task is to find a place that you can use for at least a few days. You will have to spend some time to paint your car, and you have to be ready for that. Make sure that it is a shady place, and children and animals are not around. Your garage can be a good place for the job. You just have to make sure that there is enough ventilation.
Gather the necessary tools
Here is a list of tools you are going to need when you dive into action:
- Dry sandpaper
- Wet grit papers
- Masking tape
- Electric sander
- Spray gun
- Air Blower
- Safety glasses
- Paint thinners
- Dust extractor
- Acrylic or finish paint
- Face cover
- Buffer or Polisher
- Clear coat finish
Set up the paint
Before you start painting your car, you must figure out how much paint you are going to need. If you have never painted a car before, you are definitely going to use more paint than a professional painter uses. You are going to end up squandering some material, and that is fine. You will waste less paint as you learn how to paint your car the right way.
Read the user manual of pain and you will know how much is required. Just make sure that you have more than you need. To achieve a good finish, you must use a good paint sprayer.
Match the color coating
In order the coordinate the shading, discovering your vehicle’s color code is a must. You will find this information if you look at the driver’s side door jam. If it is not there, it must be somewhere else. You may repent later if you ignore this coordination part.
Wash, dry and sand the car
Wash your car properly and then leave it in the sun for some time. Achieving a good finish will be hard if your car’s body is not dry enough. The next thing you need to do is to sand the car. For your safety, consider wearing eyewear. Use high-quality sandpaper to get the job done.
Do not stop your sanding work until you achieve a smooth finish. Before you start painting, make sure the surface is smooth and even. To get the job done, you can use both dry sandpaper and quality wet sandpaper. Use thinner to wipe the surface.
Paint the car
This is the time you have been waiting for! Now you will have to use a paint sprayer. Before you dive into action, it is a good idea to practice. If you have never done it before, you will at least learn how to hold a paint sprayer properly.
When you are using a paint sprayer to apply paint, take around 10 minutes to cover each panel. Before you apply another coat, make sure that the paint has dried completely. To make sure that the paint clings to the surface properly, you must wait after applying the first coat.
And when you are done, you must check to see if there are blemishes and defects in your work. If it is not smooth enough, you can use sandpaper to smooth it.
The availability of tools has made it easier for car owners to paint their cars without any professional help. If you are still hesitant, we encourage you to learn the basics and dive into action to see what you can do.