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Overview of the most Important aspects of painting your Car, Truck or Motorcycle

by Blog Joseph
DIY Car Painting Tips


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.

The Paint

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.

Painting your own car can be a great experience, but to do a good job you will need to pay attention to important tips that could help you do the job properly.

by Blog Joseph
DIY Car Painting TipsAuto Paint Supplies


Here are several important tips for achieving excellent results – safely:

1. Always wear protective gear while painting.

Paint and the other materials you will use in giving your car a new coat of paint may have toxic materials that could enter your system. It is not just your clothes that need protection during a paint job, but also your health. So, for your safety, you should get yourself a paint suit, a respirator, goggles and gloves.

2. Make sure your paint booth is well-lighted, clean and has the right temperature.

Keep your spray booth or the area where you will be painting your car clean from dust and dirt at all times. It should also be well-lighted so you can see what you are doing clearly. It is imperative to check on the temperature of your work area as well. This will affect not just the amount of paint and thinner you should use, but also the time it takes for the paint to dry between coats as well as the ultimate results.

3. Prep all your car panels or your vehicle before you start painting.

Cleanliness is a very important in any painting endeavor. You should clean your vehicle or all your car panels with soap and water as well as wax and grease remover to get rid of any debris, dust or dirt that could block your spray gun or mar your new paint. You can also use a tack rag to wipe the surface of your panels or your car. Compressed air is needed to clean out complex car parts like the deck lid though. This is the only way you can get every last speck of dirt and drop of water.

You also need to prime and block-sand your vehicle or car panels with the use of a 600-grit paper before you can start painting them.

4. Get ready with all the materials needed to make your paint job easier and to protect all the stuff that doesn’t need paint on them.

You will need a specialized table to hold the car parts in place during the painting process. It is best if you will cover this table with masking paper so that it won’t get a layer of paint that it doesn’t need. You can also get such things as plugs to ensure that threaded inserts are kept clean while you are painting. These plugs will also make sure that these inserts won’t get any primer or paint in them.

5. Stir paint up while you are giving your car a fresh coating.

When you are already in the process painting your car, never forget to stir up the paint. Remember that as time passes, a lot of the product you are using will get to the bottom of the spray gun’s tank. So, to make sure that your paint’s viscosity is maintained, stir it up often and thoroughly.

6. Do not forget the paint filters.

You should also see to it that the paint is filtered as it goes into the reservoir of your paint gun. Although paint filters are standardized, you should take note of the type of gun you are using for your paint job. It is preferred that you use a high-volume, low-pressure spray gun though for higher efficiency.

7. Ask a paint professional which nozzle you should use for painting project.

The inner fittings of the nozzles of spray guns are adjustable. They are changed according to the type of paint you are using for a project. To ensure that you are using the right kind, ask your paint supplier or a paint professional which is the right one suited for the paint you prefer.

8. Maintain proper distance between your vehicle or car panel and your spray gun.

Make sure that your spray gun is as far as 18 inches or farther from your vehicle or your car panel while you are painting. You can test the distance between your panel or your vehicle and your gun before you start painting to make sure that everything is what you wanted.

As soon as you notice your spray gun spitting, you should stop immediately. Clean your gun’s nozzle with acetone before you start painting again. You should also make sure never to touch your gun to your freshly painted vehicle or panel. Failure to do so will require for you to go through the tedious process of letting the wet paint dry and sanding out the marred area before you can repair it.

9. If in doubt, always ask questions. Remember that asking questions is never bad. If you are not sure about something that has got to do with your paint job, you should consult with paint professionals. This will prevent you from making mistakes with your paint job and will save you the time and money in possibly doing things all over again.

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