Getting your automobile painted at an auto body shop can cost thousands of dollars, and even purchasing professional-grade paints and tools to do the job yourself can be costly. Fortunately, using your own paint and a few basic painting tools, you can paint your car for less than $200.
Cover your car’s door handles and grill with painter’s tape. Then, using newspaper, cover the headlights, taillights, mirrors, and front and back windshields, securing the edges with tape. To avoid getting paint on the wheels, cover them with towels.
If you’re painting over a smooth, undamaged surface, you may skip this step because rust protective products already contain priming. Otherwise, use an auto body primer to fill up scratches and cover any exposed metal. A spray-on or liquid primer can be used. In either case, wait for the primer to dry completely before proceeding.
Attach a piece of 320-grit sanding paper to the orbital sander’s face and press it against the car’s surface. Turn on the sander and use back and forth strokes to carefully slide it across the surface of your car.
Wipe down the surface of your automobile with a tack cloth soaked in acetone or mineral spirits to remove any dust, grime, or other debris. This is particularly necessary after sanding, as your automobile will be covered in a thin dust coating.
To avoid paint pooling and dripping, keep the spray can about 6 inches (15 cm) away from your vehicle and make fast back and forth strokes. Go over one panel with an even coat of paint until you can no longer see the old finish underneath. Then, continue on to the next panel. Work your way around your car until it’s completely covered in paint.
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