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How To Paint A Car At Home 

How To Paint A Car At Home

STEP 1: PANEL PREPARATION


WHAT YOU WILL NEED - Guide Coat, Pre Paint Prep, Contour Body Filler, DA Sander, Sand Paper, Nitrile Gloves, Filler Spreaders, Paint Prep Wipes, Tack Rags, Masking Paper, Sanding Blocks

STRIPPING DOWN THE PANEL TO BARE METAL…

  • DA Sand the panel to knock down proud welds or other fabrication blemishes.
  • Thoroughly clean the panel with Pre Paint Prep.
  • Mask off the areas you don’t want to paint, and apply Guide Coat to find the highs and lows you may have missed during the block sanding phase.
  • Use a large Sanding Block in a cross-hatch pattern for even sanding of panel. Any remaining guide coat signifies low spots in the panel that will need to be filled with contour body filler.
  • Thoroughly clean the panel with Pre Paint Prep again.
  • Now mix the Contour Body Filler as per the instructions and cover entire panel using smooth strokes with a Filler Spreader, and allow it to harden before re-sanding with the long board, using the cross hatch pattern, until the surface is completely level.
  • Repeat the stages applying Guide Coat – Sanding (using higher grit each time) – Cleaning – applying Body Filler, as necessary.


STEP 2: SPRAYING PRIMERS

WHAT YOU WILL NEED - Pre Paint Prep, Epoxy Primer, Urethane Primer/Surfacer, Guide Coat, Sand Paper, Nitrile Gloves, Mixing Cups, Paint Prep Wipes, Tack Rags, Respirator, Paint Filters, Pro Paint Gun, Abrasive Pads, Paint Suit, Sanding Blocks

SPRAYING PRIMERS - Mix the Epoxy Primer according to packaging instructions, load into the Paint Gun and test your spray pattern - Spray jambs and edges first, then the main section to avoid overspray, applying two full wet coats between drying times. - Block Sand using the cross hatch pattern to ensure an even and level surface, and clean off with a final wipe. - Apply Urethane Primer/Surfacer, mixed to packaging instructions. Apply two to three full wet coats between drying times. - When completely dry, Block Sand using the cross hatch pattern again, working your way up the grit grades. - Wipe down and switch over to wet sanding, again working your way up the grit grades. - Thoroughly clean and dry.


STEP 3: BASE-COAT/COLOUR & CLEAR

WHAT YOU WILL NEED - Pre Paint Prep, Basecoat/Colour, Clear Coat, Sanding Blocks, Guide Coat, Sand Paper, Nitrile Gloves, Mixing Cups, Paint Prep Wipes, Tack Rags, Respirator, Paint Filters, Pro Paint Gun, Abrasive Pads, Paint Suit, Sanding Blocks

BASE-COAT/COLOUR & CLEAR - Mix Base-coat/Colour according to packaging instructions, load the Paint Gun, test your spray pattern. - Again, spray jambs and edges first. Apply two to three full wet coats between drying times. - Wet Sand Base-coat/Colour, working your way up the grit grades. - Thoroughly clean and dry. - Spray two to three wet coats of Urethane Clear, spraying jambs and edges first. - Wet Sand, working your way up the grit grades.


STEP 4: BUFFING THE CLEAR COAT

WHAT YOU WILL NEED - Quality Buffing System – Buffer Polisher Use a high quality system to get that showroom shine. A wool pad will remove any remaining fine grit, followed by foam pads for brilliance.