If you are thinking about painting your car, you may want to consider painting your vehicle yourself. With the proper equipment and products, you can give your old car a fresh new look. If you love DIY jobs, then this can be a fun and interesting project. Follow these steps and give your car a bright refresh.
Don’t Skip the Prep Work
Preparing your vehicle is the first and most important step. An entire paint job can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, so you'll want to make sure to do this right, so you don't waste time. If the under layers are rough or dirty, then the paint itself will not adhere well and the imperfections will also show through.
First, you will be preparing the original paint job by cutting, sanding, or both. Cutting involves removing thin layers of paint with abrasive compounds of varying strengths. Sanding is a more abrasive process of removing the top layer of paint. For sanding, you can use either sandpaper directly for small areas or an orbital sander for larger areas. If you are removing all the original paint and primer, then you will need to apply new primer to create a protective barrier for the new application of paint.
Use the Right Products
The right paint job requires the right products. While a high price doesn't necessarily mean the product is better, it is important to choose materials and equipment for a paint job that looks professional. You need a high-quality primer meant to be used on metal and a special plastic primer for plastic parts. Your basic equipment should be a paint gun, a moisture separator, tape, and an air compressor. You can also use a turbine system that doesn't require an air compressor. You will also need safety equipment such as a respirator, nitrile gloves, coveralls, and goggles.
Choose the Right Paint
Deciding on the color you want is the easy part. But what type of paint should you use? If you are restoring a car, you may want an acrylic lacquer or enamel paint that will mimic the original factory paint. For durability, you can choose urethane, water-based or base and clear coat finishes. If you are using a similar color, then you will not have to paint parts of the car like under the carriage, under the hood and inside small parts of the car. If you are using a totally new color, though, you will need to paint the entire vehicle.
It is always fun to do any type of restoration job, and painting your car yourself is a project with real benefits. There are many videos and books on the subject, and auto supply stores have helpful advice to offer. If you take your time and approach the project carefully, then you will be pleased with your results.