How to Restore the Paint of Your Classic Car
Do you wish to restore or refurbish your favorite classic car’s paint? Well, there are a lot of things to consider including the top coat f11. That’s the reason why a traditional car restoration service is costly.
Then again, it doesn’t mean you can’t transform your car on your own. Keep reading, for we bring to light the techniques, skills, and step by step guide on how to paint your car by yourself.
What You’ll Need:
The painting requires 2-4 days to be completed. Consequently, you’ll want a garage, a shed, or a decent painting location to keep your car from elements. Ample space is advised in your workplace, for obstacles will only make your painting job tougher. Additionally, you’ll need tools such as:
⦁ 2000 grit wet-and-dry sandpaper
⦁ 1000 grit wet-and-dry sandpaper
⦁ air compressor
⦁ masking tape
⦁ spray gun
⦁ safety glasses
⦁ paint thinners
⦁ electric sander
⦁ dust extractor (optional)
⦁ base coat/ primer
⦁ top coat
⦁ clear coat
If you wish to match your car’s original shade, find the color code on your compliance plate.
Once you’ve masked off the areas you don’t want to paint, take the sander and start removing the coats (clear-coat, top coat, base coast) using a circular motion. You may need to use your hand to clean scrape off the corners and crannies.
Make sure to sand your car as smooth and as even as possible. Wipe the surface with a rag and brush it with thinners. Doing so will eliminate all the dust present in your car.
Mix the thinner and primer based on the exact ratio written on the instructions on each of the products container.
If you haven’t had painting experience before, feel free to practice on a piece of steel. Hold your spare gun for approximately 6 inches away from the steel’s surface and start spraying using a side-to-side sweeping technique. Keep in mind to press only the spare gun when performing the sweeping motion for an even and smooth finish.
Once you’re confident to put it in action, start spraying your primer first on the roof down. The primer will then have a thin, even, and powdery finish. Now you would want to grab your 2000 grit wet and dry sandpaper to smoothen your car.
⦁ Make sure you’ve cleaned the spray gun.
⦁ Get a clean rag and apply a small amount of thinner because too much thinner will wipe off your thinner, so be cautious.
⦁ Wipe the surface of your primed car.
⦁ Let the residue of the thinner be dried entirely before proceeding to the final stage.
To start with painting, mix the paint following the exact ration in the instructions. Then with the spraying method you applied a while ago.
Apply the paint 3 to 4 times but let it dry completely before spraying each batch of applications. In painting cars, always keep a 50% overlap from the last sweep of paint for an even and full coverage.
Before spraying the final paint, use the 2000-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper to smoothen the powdery remains, then wipe it down using a clean cloth. Spraying all of these three coats wherein each process usually takes 20 minutes up to one hour.
Now repeat the latter two steps, but this time with the use of the clear coat lacquer. After applying the last round of clear-coat, mask the areas you kept away from sprays.
Once the clear coat was completely dried, examine your car for any undesired errors. Sand back the defect using the 1000 grit wet and dry sandpaper. Reapply. Buff the paint using a circular motion, evenly avoiding any burns.
The Final Product
Wipe your car surface one last time, and you should be able to see a classic car giving you nostalgia about the first time you bought it. Take it out for a spin. It’s a stunning success.