How To Spray Paint Your Car
Spray painting your car is a great way to get the look you want, or to simply remove scratches. It is usually a job best done by spray professionals. However, for individual car parts and panels, you can do the job at home with the right set of equipment and techniques. While more expensive equipment is needed for bigger paint jobs, you can still get a professional look with cans of spray paint for the smaller jobs.
Step One – Remove parts and panels
Carefully remove the car part that you want to spray and place it on a protective cloth near by. If it is a case that the car part is difficult to remove or cannot be removed, then use painters tape to fully cover all of the surrounding areas. Make sure not to leave any gaps on the tape edges so the paint does not drip onto the parts underneath.
Step Two – Prepare the surface
Use 300 grit sandpaper to sand the surface. This helps the primer to stick better and avoid slipping off. Once your done, remove dust and dirt with a clean dry cloth.
Step Three – Apply primer
Using a bristle brush, apply a coat of primer. Allow the primer to dry; refer to the container for the correct drying duration. Once the primer is dry, repeat with a second coat of primer.
Step Four – Prepare for spray painting
Use 900 grit sandpaper to sand down the surface and wipe off grit and dirt with a cloth.
Step Five – Apply spray paint
Before you begin, make sure to get the spray paint flowing by spraying on some old newspaper. This prevents the spray coming out lumpy, which is common for the first spray.
Also, make sure to refer to the spray paint instructions at the back. Each brand of spray paint is different so make sure to refer to the can’s guidance label. Once your ready, start spray painting the car part.
Apply the spray paint in thin coats. 3 – 4 thin coats is better than 1 or 2 thick coats. Add more thin coats if necessary.
Step 6 – Clear Coat
Once the thin coats of spray paint have dried, it’s time to apply a clear coat. After the first clear coat, use 900 grit sand paper to sand the surface. Then spray.
Spray the dried, painted surface with a clear coat. Sand the surface with 900 grit sandpaper, then spray another clear coat. Sand again with 900 grit, then sand with 2000 grit sandpaper. Once the surface is smooth, wipe with a dry microfiber cloth.
Apply multipurpose polish to the surface and gently buff the microfiber cloth.
Step 7 - Reattachment
Reattach the newly painted part to your car. Job done!
For a professional consultation on car spraying, you can find us at Sweeney Motor Factors Falcarragh, Co. Donegal - Call us on: (074) 916 2048 - See www.sweeneymotorfactors.ie