DIY: How To Paint A Car
Painting to protect metal with clear coats is one of the most expensive works when it comes to car restoration. You can easily part away with about 5000 dollars if you decide to pay someone to do the paint job. That’s quite a lot of dollars. However, if you know how to paint metal materials, have mechanical skills, and an eye for detail, you can do the painting yourself. This can save you up to 4000 dollars.
If you decide to paint your car, there are a few things you should know before you begin. The perfect painting job boils down to proper surface preparation, proper sanding techniques, using the right paint products, correct priming, and block sanding. If you forget to do any of these, you will waste your time, energy, and money you were trying to save.
Here is how you can paint your car properly.
- Prepare first
To succeed in almost anything we do, we need to first have a plan. Likewise, you need to prepare a plan before you begin to paint. This means you should know where you will do the painting legally and have the ideal tools and products to use. Find out how much paint you will need and buy PPE.
Are you also planning to strip down the car or paint over the current paint job? You need to know firsthand how you will do the painting.
- Get the needed paint equipment
Order online or go to your local auto shop and buy painting products. This means you should buy primer, sealers, sanders, spray gun, air horse, air compressor, moisture separator, HVLP turbine system, safety equipment (nitrile gloves, respirator, eye protection, and full body paint suit), and the paint.
If you know how to paint metal materials, then you are aware that priming is important. You should apply a self-etching primer over any exposed metal surface on your car. Priming protects the metal from corrosion and strengthens the metal.
- Paint prep
When you are sure the body panel is clean, cover areas you do not want to paint. You may use plastic sheeting or paper and masking tape.
- Prime the panels
Spray the panels with as many coats and let the primer air dry for about 24 hours.
- Block-sand the panels
Use grits to block-sand the panels. These will remove waves and straighten the panels. Clean off the sanding residue using soap and water.
- Start painting
Prepare your painting tools and wear your protective gear. If you have never done metal painting, learn how to paint metal materials first. This will give you an idea of how to paint a car.
Apply the paint using a spray gun with a side to side motion. You can test the spray integrity on cardboards and adjust the spray gun to your liking.
Allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours after you are satisfied with the paint job. Wet-sand and buffer-out the new paint and you are done.
Your first paint job might not be perfect at first. You will see some runs, dirt, sags, and dry spots. You can easily remove these imperfections with buffing and wet-sanding. However, if you follow the above steps you will do an average if not the perfect paint job on your car. Before you begin to paint your car, check the local regulations that govern the painting of metal materials.