A Primer On DIY Car Painting | Tips and Hints

by Ernest Perez

When your car looks a bit drab and dull, you might consider having it painted. This will give it a fresh new look, cover up some imperfections along the body of the car, and in some cases even increase its resale value. One drawback to having a car painted is that it might be a little expensive, but you can actually do this on your own.

There are car paints that come in spray cans and which are meant for the amateur painter. Before you decide to paint your own car, note the following:

1. Prepare the surface

You never want to paint any surface without preparing it properly first, and your car is no exception. As with any other metal surface, you need to sand down any rusty areas and ensure that you've removed all the rust. It's also good to pull out any dents, even if they're small. These small dents can allow the paint to collect in this area and in turn, it will just call attention to the dent and make it look worse.

Your car should also be thoroughly cleaned and buffed so you know you've removed all dust and other debris. Paint won't adhere to dirt or mud, so go over the entire surface with a small sponge and get it spotlessly clean.

2. Protecting and priming the car

When a car is professionally painted, you may see that it's virtually covered with brown paper. You can protect it at home with newspaper and thick painter's tape. Be sure you cover everything you don't want painted, as the splatter from spray paint can easily reach the windows, tires, and trim. Once you have these areas covered and taped, use a primer on the surface.

You can find primers where you find car spray paint. Be sure you give the primer adequate time to dry; the label will give you instructions, and don't apply paint before this time as this might cause it to run and smear.

3. Painting

One mistake that many amateurs make when using spray paint is to concentrate it on one area. This causes the paint to drip. Instead, use long and even strokes over your car. If the paint seems thin in certain areas, be prepared to apply a second coat once the first coat dries. Don't stand there with the paint can as a way to cover up these thin areas. Using the right technique will ensure that your car is painted properly. It's also good to choose a rustproof paint or something that will protect your car's body from further damage when you paint, so it looks good and is durable as well.

If you need more help with car painting or need information, contact a company like Brisbane Collision Centre.