When you are repainting your car or truck, it is very important to take the time to do the prep work properly and thoroughly. If you properly prepare your canvas, then the end result will be much more satisfactory, and you will get professional-looking results.
- A paint booth can be invaluable when you are painting your vehicle. With a painting booth, you don't have to worry about what the weather will be like. It can also save you a significant amount of time since you can control the temperature in the paint booth to help cure the paint much more quickly.
- It is important first to remove any rust spots and repair any dents that you don't want showing through once you have finished painting your car. Be sure to remove any chrome or plastic trim as well. It will make your car look more professionally-done once you are finished painting your car. Most of the molding can be easily snapped off and then snapped back on once you are finished repainting.
- You will also need to sand the paint to the bare metal or at least to the original primer so that the new coat of paint has something to adhere to. The more time you spend sanding the better the results will typically be. Make sure that all of the surfaces are clean and free from any dust.
- Use mineral spirits or denatured alcohol to ensure that there are not oils on the body of the car. Use masking tape to tape and paper all of the surfaces that you do not want to get paint on such as the door handles, mirrors, grills, and glass.
- You should first prime the entire surface with a corrosion-resistant primer and make sure to get any areas that you used body filler to removed rust. You want these areas to be nice and smooth once you get the paint put on. Use enough paint as well so that you fill in any holes or gaps made by sanding. You will need to make sure that the primer has a chance to cure before painting. Depending on the primer that you used you may need to recoat the car a few times. Sand everything until smooth carefully, clean and then wipe with a wax and grease remover.
Now you can spray the finish paint on your car. Allow it to cure, finish sanding and polish. The end result will really depend on how much patience you have and how much time you have spent in the process.