How to Paint a Car Yourself

A car painting guide which will put forth some simple tips that will help you carry out this - allegedly difficult - task on your own. Continue reading....
Car painting is one of the most important attributes of car maintenance - which has to be ideally carried at least once in every two years. While most of the people prefer to leave this task to the professionals, there do exist some enthusiasts who don't mind carrying out this task on their own. It may seem pretty difficult, but the right instructions and some simple tips can help you paint a car on your own quite easily. More importantly, painting your car on your own can help you save the amount of money which you would otherwise spend on getting it done from a professional.

How to Paint a Car on Your Own?

There is no questioning the credibility of car painting workshops, but is it really such a tough task that you can't do on your own? Absolutely not! Given below are some simple yet effective steps to paint your car at home which will guide you through the entire process step by step. Even before you start painting the car, you need to understand that the entire task will require more than a day as you will have to give enough time for each coat of the primer and paint to dry. You can start by buying (or borrowing) all the necessary equipment and material including the spray gun, chrome spray paint, primer, sandpaper, etc.

Step 1: The first step will be to wash your car thoroughly to make sure that you get rid of all the dust particles which have settled on the surface. You can use some detergent soap meant for car wash to wash it before you begin painting. If you try to paint the car without washing it, you will see a notable difference in the quality of paint job at the end of the day.

Step 2: The second step will be to remove paint from car using a sandpaper. You need to paint on a smooth surface, and for that you will have to sand the surface of the car using a sandpaper. Make sure that you sand the entire surface with even strokes and get rid of paint residue left after sanding.

Step 3: Before you begin the actual task of painting, you will have to mask all the areas which you don't want to paint. This includes the windows, windshield, headlight, taillight, etc. You wouldn't want to smear these parts with car paint and spend hours on removing it eventually, and hence it's better off to cover them with a masking tape during the painting process.

Step 4: Make sure that you do all the necessary repairs and touch ups before you proceed, as the damaged part will not just become even more obvious when a coat of paint is applied over it, but will also ruin the life of the paint. You can resort to simple rust removal techniques to fix car rust before painting.

Step 4: As the next step, you will have to apply a coat of primer on the surface of the car. Ideally you should apply two coats of primer - but make sure that the first coat has dried up complete before you apply the second coat. These coats of primer will form the base for the actual car paint, and hold it to the surface of the car.

Step 5: That will bring you to the last - but most important step of car painting, applying the actual car paint using a spray gun. As in case of primer, two coats of paint would be sufficient but opting for three coats is not a bad deal either. When you resort to spray painting, you need to make sure that you apply the coats in an even manner, i.e. if you start applying the paint in horizontal manner continue with the same throughout the task. When you spray paint a car, you need to make sure that you do the same in some enclosed area as that reduces the chances of dust settling on the surface of the vehicle.

How to Paint the Interior?

While the above mentioned info about how to paint an automobile yourself covered all the information about painting the exterior of the car, you will also have to paint the car interior to complete the task. Even though the process is quite similar, you will have to be a bit careful as to make sure that you don't spoil the interior of the vehicle. As in case of the exterior surface, you can start of by covering all the areas of dashboard which you don't want to paint with a masking tape and sanding all the areas which you need to paint. That will be followed by two coats of primer and two coats of vinyl paint for car interior. This can be a bit tricky though, but being patient and sticking to the basics will make sure that you complete the task in a short span of time.

If you were of the opinion that car painting is a difficult task - best left to the experts, this information must have made you change your mind. The next time you decide to paint your car, these DIY instructions will surely make your task a lot easier.
By Abhijit Naik
Published: 11/17/2010
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