How to Paint a Car

Car manufacturers only produce vehicles in a limited number of colors. This gives buyers a number of options to choose from. Car paint can also fade or be damaged over time. While repainting can be done by car shops, car owners themselves can do the paint job on their own.

Materials Needed

  • masking tape;
  • old newspapers/tarp;
  • car washing brush and detergent;
  • grease/wax remover;
  • sandpaper;
  • primer;
  • urethane-based paint;
  • paint sprayer;
  • goggles;
  • dust mask; and
  • knife and putty.

Car-painting Proper

  1. Wash your car with car detergent so that the paint can adhere properly. Use the grease/wax remover to get rid of the dirt that is still on the vehicle.
  2. Wear protective gear such as goggles and dust mask before you begin. Paint fumes and sandpapered dust are harmful if inhaled.
  3. Use sandpaper to remove any paint on the car. This will make sure the surface is smooth. Car paint can be better applied on smooth and even areas.
  4. Dry the surface of the car before painting. It should be totally dry. Drying takes around two hours after washing.
  5. Cover parts of the car that you would not want to get paint on (windows, mirrors, chrome, etc.) by taping old newspapers or tarpaulin on them.
  6. Before applying any paint, apply a primer to the entire car area. This will make sure the paint adheres to the surface of the car.
  7. After the primer dries, sand it down again to achieve a smooth surface.
  8. Paint the car with a urethane-based paint using a spray gun. Spray the base coat of paint smoothly over the car’s surface. Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Apply multiple coats of paint if necessary to achieve the desired color. Make sure to let each layer dry before applying the next coating.
  10. Let the final coat dry for about 90 minutes.
  11. When the paint has completely dried, apply a clear coat of paint over it. About three coats of clear paint will be sufficient to complete a paint job.