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5 Tips To Paint A Car

Updated on July 6, 2014

5 Tips To Paint A Car - With Killer Results

1. Proper Cleaning - One of the most important steps that I can stress when you are going to paint a car is to properly clean the car. No, I am not talking about right before you spray it, but before you ever start. If you start sanding a car without removing all of the contamination (silicone, wax, etc.) you are simply going to smear it around while sanding. This step if often overlooked, but can lead to different types of problems for you. So wash the car with soap and water before you start sanding. Next, wipe the car down with wax and grease remove to assure all traces of silicone is removed.

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2. Determine what method that you’re going to use to sand the car. Dry sand, using a dual action sander, wet sanding. Whichever method that you decide, use 400 – 600 grit sandpaper to sand the paint to prep the existing paint surface for the new coatings to be applied.
3. Final Sand - When you paint a car, be sure to always sand the edges extremely well. If paint is going to lose adhesion and start peeling, it will probably start from an edge of a panel that was not sanded properly.
4. Scuff - Once the panel has been sanded with 400- 600 grit sandpaper, go over the panel again with a red scotch-brite scuff pad. This works great to reach hard to reach areas and edges to assure that they are sanded properly.
5. Re-Clean - Now that the car is cleaned, final sanded, and scuffed, it’s time to wash the car again to remove all dust and dirt caused from sanding. Be sure to spray the dirt off from wheel wells and other areas of the car where dirt may be hiding. Now when you are ready to pull out the Iwata Spray Gun, you be able to produce a quality paint job.

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I hope you enjoyed the video tutorials on adjusting a spray gun. It is critical to properly adjust the spray gun to produce a professional quality paint job, but it is just one part of the process. In fact, properly prepping the car is perhaps the most important steps. And many crucial steps are often missed or skipped preventing the desired result you are wanting to achieve.

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      Clyde Horseman 2 years ago

      I don't mean to be that guy but.... well I'm going to be that guy. I came here looking to get me started painting and its a great post. However I noticed a contradiction, you said to wash the body to get rid of any silicon or wax yet you also say in order to wash it you HAVE to use a wax. So is it just a different type of wax? Like a cleaning wax? Thanks for the help

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