Are you a car owner who either lives far away from a garage or does not have the financial muscle to engage a professional car painter? Have you been seeking the necessary way forward with regards to this issue of car paint?
Well, you have indeed landed on just the right page. Our goal in the proceeding instructions shall be to let you know how to how to go about this issue on your own.
How to Spray Paint a Car Professionally
Painting a car is a meticulous and time-consuming undertaking. To be guaranteed success, you have to make appropriate arrangements to have all the co-operant tools-of-trade ready. You must also prepare the area concerned and shield yourself of the potential dangers by putting on the necessary protective gears.
In the segment that follows, we have broken down these requirements and are going to discuss them one at a time.
Choosing a Location
The first and foremost consideration should be selecting the right location for the job. A good location for this job ought to be as far away as possible from those areas that are inhabited by people. This is because the paints are often carcinogenic and also possess sharp unpleasant smells.
It is also necessary to be detached from the rest of the population so as to minimize any possible interferences from passersby and third parties. After settling on an appropriate location, go ahead to cordon it off and clearly marking it as ‘Out of Bounds’ to any unauthorized persons.
Prepare the Place
Other than cordoning off the place you intend to use for painting your car, you also have to prepare it. Assemble every tool and item you will need for the job and place them near the exact venue for the painting process. Examples of these include Newspapers, sander, painter’s tape, spray gun, spray paint, car wax, and safety goggles.
Needless to say, you also have to rid the location of any trash or other issues which might impede your proper functioning. If there is insufficient light, you might also want to install some lighting to let you see clearly what you are handling.
Listed below is a recap of the tools and materials you require for the job:
- Spray paint
- Spray gun for automotive
- Painter’s tape
- Gas mask
- Safety goggles
- Car Wax
Before embarking on the painting exercise, you have to prepare yourself for the job. Put on the appropriate protective gears as a first precaution. The overall is to protect your clothes from direct exposure to and the possible soiling by the paint.
A gas mask will prevent you from inhaling the fumes of the paint, whereas safety goggles will see to it that your eyes do not get into direct contact with the paint itself. Lastly, you also want to put on a pair of gloves to protect your bare hands from sustaining any soils due to direct contact with the paint.
Now get down to the business of painting the car professionally. Follow the procedures stipulated below to have this job executed:
Step I: Inspect and Repair the Car
You probably have no better time to carry out a comprehensive inspection and repair of the car than this time. For this reason, you cannot afford to let this opportunity pass you by. Bring in a mechanic to inspect the car for any faults and issues which might need consideration.
Let him check the engine, braking system, clutches, accelerators, and the oil levels and of course, repair them. If there be any other repairs or adjustments necessary to make to the car, this is the time yet again to do so. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask you mechanic of any latest part, component, or development which he may recommend that you implement in your car.
Step II: Clean and Wash both the Interior and Exterior of the Car
As always, you have to start off washing both the interior and the exterior of the car. Remove every valuable inside the car and the boots. On the same note, remove the mats and any other thing which is removable. You do not want your valuables to be soiled by the paint, do you?
After this, sweep the interior of the car and go ahead to wash the exterior with soap and water. Be sure to get rid of any dirt, dust, and debris which may exist on the surface. This is the time also to rid the exterior of the car of any ugly and stubborn marks. Leave the car for around one or so to let it dry completely.
Step III: Prepare the car appropriately for the painting process
Go ahead now to prepare the car appropriately for the subsequent painting process. Enclose the bumpers, side mirrors, wheel rims, and window frames with the painter’s tape. You might also make use of the newspaper if you do not have the painter’s tape. Remember also to place some newspapers under your car and on the glass windows.
Step IV: Sand the car
Next, sand the car. Use large-grain sandpaper to do the job. The 600 grit or any equal alternative would be the better option. Press this sandpaper hard on the surface of the car and rub gently. Pay keen attention to those areas that contain dents or too ugly marks. They might need extra pressure and force to rid of.
After removing all the paint and ugly marks, swap to finer sandpapers. The aim of this swap is for final touches and finishing. You may have the 1500 grit for your consideration. It is at this stage that you will have to rid the surface of the car of any corrosion or mild scratches. In case any holes exist on the surface, you might have to putty them before proceeding.
Step V: Prime the exterior of the car
Prime the car. This simply means applying a preparatory undercoat commonly called a primer. The primer basically plays the role of preparing the surface to better absorb the paint. It does so by boosting the adhesive power of the surface. Other than this, the primer also lengthens the lifespan of the paint and confers added protection for the surface of the car that is being painted.
To do so, pour some generous amount of the priming agent in a container. Dip a paintbrush in the container and leave to settle for around two minutes. Lift the brush and apply the primer on the surface of the car steadily and consistently. Alternatively, do make use of a sprayer to do the job if you can. Yet again, leave the primer intact for some to let it dry completely.
Step VI: Apply the preliminary paint coating
After the primer has dried and hardened, you should now go ahead to apply the preliminary paint coating. You have the spray gun or the paintbrush for your consideration here. If you opt for the spray gun, install it and then put on the safety goggles.
Stand at a safe distance of around 10 inches away from the car. Pull the trigger to release the paint in the form of the sprays. Channel the sprays in even and regular motions. Move from one side to another to let the coat build up. Leave the car for some time to dry.
Step VII: Add a second coat of paint
After around an hour or so, depending on the prevailing weather conditions, apply a second coat of paint. Follow the exact same procedures stipulated above to do the job. Be sure to have every area impacted and that the paint is uniform.
Step VIII: Lacquer the exterior surface of the car
Though not a must, you might also want to lacquer the exterior surface of the car. This basically entails making the surface of the car shinier by applying an equally shiny finish. You will have to wait for the second coat to dry and settle before going ahead with this step.
To apply the lacquer, make use of a bristle brush more so the high-quality natural bristles. Dip the bristles in the lacquer after which you are to apply it slowly yet steadily on the surface of the car. Since lacquer hardens quickly, apply only a thin layer and work very quickly. You are now good to go!
After completing the painting process, you have to cordon off the work area to keep third parties and passersby at bay. This is also necessary to give the car ample time to dry. You might have to leave your car untouched for at least 24 hours to be sure that it is completely dry. Any premature touching will often create other forms of dirt which might also require a fresh painting undertaking.
Painting a car professionally need not necessarily be executed by a professional. This is a task that anyone can do. You only have to witness how others do it and carry out some practice to have the right expertise for the job.