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Spray Painting Car

The number of steps involved in spray painting a car can be as simple as four or five to about ten. But the sequencing remains the same.

Preparing the car

The car needs a thorough wash of the exterior surface with water and mild soap and complete drying. Removing fixtures from the interior is necessary. A closed well-lit and well ventilated garage can be used or an open space in the yard where access to air and light is easy.

Sanding the car

The surface of the car should be completely scrubbed with large sandpaper to remove the old paint. This can be back-breaking but once the paint starts peeling off its quite easy. Then finer sandpaper should be used for removing scratches and signs of corrosion. Any minor gaps must be filled with putty and dried before painting leaving the entire exterior smooth.

Masking off and taping

Prevention of over-spraying is essential using masking tape or pre taped film so that outline tape lines are not visible. In case painting is done inside a garage, covering the entire car with plastic sheeting is a good option.

Applying primer

Primer spray paint is good at filling scratches and should be sprayed over clean, dry and sanded exterior. One or more coats can be applied leaving about 10-15 minutes between coats.

Spray painting – first coat

After covering windows, frames, bumpers, wheel rims with newspaper and tape to seal off the area not being painted first, use the spray paint gun and position yourself about 10 inches to a foot away from the car surface. An even and regular spraying motion allows the coat to spread evenly and build up a nice and smooth surface. Now the paint has to be left to dry completely.

Adding a second coat

Professionals advise a second paint layer to give the car a completely new look. But getting that look depends entirely on allowing the first coat to dry completely before the second coat of paint goes up. A quick rub through with car wax gives a shiny and smooth feel to the car.