A new year is always a time to think of undertaking do-it-yourself (DIY) projects you haven’t done before. If you are a car, truck, or motorcycle lover, like many people out there, maybe one of the things you can do is to give your ride a fresh look for the new year. Re-painting will enhance its appearance and have it looking like brand new.
However, if you are a newbie to the auto-painting process, there are a number of very important things you need to know before you can start. You can either do some research on the Internet to know these things or ask the help of a paint professional. Knowing all the ins and outs of the painting process will prevent mistakes that will mar the meticulous labor you went through to make your vehicle look sparkling new.
Knowing what paint to buy is very crucial in getting the outcome you want in changing your car’s color. While there have been numerous types of paints that have been used on cars, lately most car owners and paint professionals prefer urethane or the two-step acrylic enamel paints.
Urethane and acrylic enamel have higher viscosity compared to lacquer, even if they are actually applied in the same way. Usually, a mixture of one part primer to a half or one part thinner is already enough to give you that beautiful color you were aiming for. As a result, you will need fewer coats when using them instead of applying 20 coatings as what was usually done when utilizing lacquer paint. Most of the time, two or three coatings of base color and three topcoats of clear will do the job. If you still have serious doubts about your paint choice, you can ask the help of a professional in your community to give you some pointers.
The Spray Gun
Just like lacquer paints, syphon spray guns are already things of the past. These high-pressure lines are no longer used mostly because of what they can contribute to the problem of pollution. Lawmakers have even banned their commercial use in many states.
Now, high-volume, low-pressure or HVLP spray guns are being used in painting cars. These spray guns feature tanks located at the top of the mechanism. Gravity feeds the paint into the gun instead of siphoning it from the bottle found underneath the spray gun system as with the case of the old syphon spray guns.
Although the location of the paint tank of the newer HVLP spray guns might seem inconvenient for the user, they are known to be more efficient compared to the old spray gun models. They are known to deliver 80 percent of the paint to your car’s surface while only needing a line pressure of 10psi for its operation. This is definitely low compared to the 45 to 70psi needed by the syphon guns, which deliver a lowly 40 percent efficiency.
Safety and Preparation
In painting your car, you also need to be concerned about your safety at all times. Because of this, you need to prepare not just the materials you need in making your car look brand new. You also have to prepare the things that will keep you safe during the entire paining process.
You need to buy yourself a complete paint suit to protect your clothing as well as your entire bodily system from the paint and other toxic materials you might be using. There are a number of cheap brands you can find in the market. You should also don on a respirator equipped with two air filters while you are painting. Pairing all these with gloves, goggles and some type of covering for your head will further keep you safe.
Your work area should also be kept clean at all times. You will achieve better efficiency with your endeavor if you dirt and dust are kept away from your work. Just think how frustrating it can be if you will find just one small mistake in what could have been a perfect panel.
It is imperative to note that before you start painting your car, especially with the use of a spray gun, you should practice first. Using test panels and making sure that your spray gun is kept clean at all times will help ensure the success of your painting endeavor.