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Tips For Spray Painting Your Car

Updated on August 30, 2017

Spray Painting Your Car

Spray painting your car does not need to be a mammoth task and, by taking a considered and careful approach, you can achieve a professional finish from your own drive or garage.

Your carâs paintwork should not only look great, it should also be the first line of defence against rust and corrosion of the panels and bodywork. As such, keeping it in condition is an essential part of car ownership.

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Five Tips For Spray Painting Your Car

If your car’s paint is old, flaking or in poor condition a re-spray could the facelift it needs to bring it back to life. Perhaps you’re planning on a resale or maybe you’ve just decided you’re sick of driving round in an old banger - whatever the reason, a new paint job could be exactly what your car needs.

If you’re up for the challenge, a DIY paint job isn’t an unassailable task by any means although you’re unlikely to get the professional finish a specialist garage could provide.

If you do decide to opt for the professionals, a Google search for ‘spray shops’ will put you in touch with a host of local garages. Otherwise, here are five useful tips.

1. Ventilation

If it isn’t warm and dry outside, you’re going to need a well ventilated garage to work in. This not only reduces the risk of inhaling paint fumes but improves the finish on your car. Goggles and a dust mask are also a good idea to prevent inhalation of droplets of spray paint.

2. Equipment

The equipment you use is going to play a huge part in the quality of the spray painting job and is one of the differentiating factors between a professional and a DIY finish.

Hiring a quality spray gun is likely to be your best bet. Not only is hiring a gun going to save money when compared to purchasing, a gun will give you a far better finish than a spray paint can. Even the more expensive variety of spray paint cans will fail to give you a professional finish.

Unless you have a large budget, access to the best spray painting tools typically only comes at the price of taking your car into a garage.

3. Preparation

The preparation stage is arguably the most important in spray painting your car. It’s essential that the body is sanded down, filled and thoroughly cleaned as any bumps, dents or dust will seriously affect the quality of the job.

After the initial preparation, it is essential to carefully mask any area of the car you do not want covering. Once that guns starts, anything that isn’t covered is going end up covered in paint.

4. Take Your Time

If you do make the ‘spray shops Lincoln’ search and take your car into a specialist you’d like to think that the professionals will take time and care in completing the paint. If you’re going to DIY, it is essential you take this same care with your car. Rushing is going to leave you with an amateur, streaky finish and is ultimately a complete waste of time.

Remember, lots of fine coats will give a far better finish than one, thick covering.

5. Post-Spray

Finally, once the spray painting is finished and paint has dried (usually this takes at least an hour) then the car requires finishing with a lacquer and polishing with a cutting paste and a quality wax. This final step will ensure the finish of your car remains of a high quality for years to come.

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