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DIY Paint Job - Helpful Car Maintenance Tips

DIY Paint Job

There are many questions that you may ask when you are thinking about painting your own car. The process can be very tiresome and it might require hours of work and special tools. However, the final result will be more satisfying than you can imagine.

Apart from the tools needed for a DIY paint job, you will need to buy paint and other related items. You should try to use materials from the same manufacturer at all times to make the paint last long and to make it easier on yourself when painting. The materials you require include: primers, sealers, base coats, clear coats, thinners, reducers, and hardeners just to mention but a few. The materials must be compatible and this is why materials from the same manufacturer are recommended.

Painting a car usually involves a lot of masking to prevent painting surfaces that you don’t want to be painted. A better alternative is to remove parts that you don’t want to paint. You should remove as many parts as you can before you start to think about covering parts up. Among the things that you should remove include lights, door handles, body moldings, mirrors, grilles, and antennas. You should remove the windows if you can but it is not necessary. Stripping the car down should be given about half a day to a full day.

The next process is to strip the existing paint. A note here is that you don’t have to strip the paint to its bare metal if the car’s factory paintjob is in pretty good shape. This might save you time and money and it might also improve the appearance of the car after you are done painting. You can strip it down to the bare metal with grinders, chemical strippers, or abrasive blasting. Abrasive blasting is better for larger areas because it is faster and much more effective than mechanical and chemical stripping.

You will need a compressor if you want to paint a car. The size of compressor depends on how large the paint gun is going to be. You should get a compressor that has an air output above the requirements of the paint gun.

You need a clean environment to spray the car and it should have few airborne particles and proper ventilation. The temperature should also be controllable to prevent paint from drying too fast and to prevent water from condensing on the paint before it dries. You should clean the car thoroughly and start painting with a process known as jambing, which is painting the ‘in-between’ areas such as door jambs.

Set up the ventilation to produce a consistent flow of clean air and remove noxious fumes. Mix up the paint and start spraying away. You should spray the entire car with as many coats of paint as you want. Wait a little bit for the paint to dry before adding another coat. Modern paints dry up pretty quickly so you should have no problem there. After applying the base coat, make sure it is level and sand it where it is not smooth before you apply the clear coat. Make sure that the layer of clear coat is thick and even. After you finish painting, leave the car to dry completely before you reattach the items you stripped.