When it comes to a new paint job for their own vehicle, most owners decide to visit a workshop. But it is also quite possible to paint your car yourself with a little manual skill and the right preparation. But this requires a little talent for painting and additional patience and perseverance. However, you should always weigh up whether you really want to paint an expensive vehicle yourself, or whether you would rather entrust your car to a professional. If you decide to paint yourself, then you should proceed as follows.
Preparing the car
Before you can start painting, you have to do some preliminary work. It is important in advance to find a suitable place to carry out the painting. For this you need a clean, dry and additionally well-ventilated place. The car must be able to stay in this place after painting until the new paint is completely dry.
Apart from that, you need some equipment for painting, such as a grinder, a polisher, a spray bottle or alternatively a spray gun. Make sure you also think of protective clothing and rubber gloves. The gloves are also particularly important so that you don't get your hands dirty on the new paintwork. A protective mask should also be worn at all steps to avoid inhaling toxic fumes.
Remove rust and touch up existing dents
When preparing the car, it may first apply existing rust spots to remove. For this you need sandpaper in different thicknesses in order to achieve the best possible result. When the rust is gone, then apply a rust converter that will protect the metal from new corrosion. It is essential to observe the drying time of the product used.
After the rust has been removed, the vehicle should be checked for any dents. If there are such dents, the corresponding point must first be sanded off. Then apply the new layers with a filling compound, for example in the form of a spray. Allow enough time for drying after each new layer and at the end use a sander to ensure a smooth surface. Basically, you should always wear a protective mask during these work steps.
Remove the panel
If there are plastic or chrome parts on the vehicle that are easy to unscrew, then this option should be used. Ultimately, you save yourself the time-consuming masking and painting is also easier later on. Always proceed carefully when dismantling and avoid scratches at all costs.
Sand off the existing paint and clean the body
The next step is to remove the old paint from the vehicle. Either a hand sanding block or a sanding machine can be used for this. Remove the paint until you can see the primer. If you want to give the car a new primer, then the old primer must be completely sanded off until you can see the bare metal.
Then the body must be cleaned with a silicone remover. This removes all unwanted fats, resins, waxes, oils and silicones. These substances can often not be seen with the naked eye, but such cleaning is still essential. Spray on the silicone remover and then let it work for a short time. Then clean the paintwork with a clean microfiber cloth.
Avoid time-consuming rework with masking
When all these steps are done, it's time to mask off. For many people, masking is a very unpopular job. This is understandable because masking is sometimes very laborious and takes a lot of time. Nevertheless, it makes perfect sense to mask off windows, rubbers, wheels and other parts that are not to be painted. The bottom line is that this saves a lot of time, because it is much more time-consuming to remove the new paint from such parts.
The paint job
If you have decided to apply a new primer, you first have to wait for the primer to dry. Otherwise, this intermediate step is omitted and you can finally start painting. There are a number of different options for doing this. For example, you can use spray bottles or a spray gun.
When using a spray gun, make sure to use the correct settings and also use the thinner recommended by the paint manufacturer. When applying the paint, always apply the paint to the surface to be painted with the same distance and slowly. Avoid dust after painting and let the car dry in peace. You can enjoy the new paint for a particularly long time if you use it regularly in the future with a high quality car wax protects.
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