How to paint A Car – Quick Tips

To paint a car and painting a wall of a house are quite different from each other. House painting requires a few paint rollers and a can of paint while the other involves a litany of products, clear coats, primers, and sprayers.

The professional auto paint jobs can’t get so expensive. No doubt the process is composite and there’s some skill involved, but it doesn’t mean the car owner can’t give his car a new look by himself. So have a look at a few important points which can help in this process.

Tools which you need:

The most important thing to complete this task is to take time from a busy schedule. A paint job can take anywhere from quite a lot of days to a couple of weekends. First secured the painting location and set aside time to get the job done, where the materials have already gathered. Further essential tools include.

  • 1200- and 2000-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper,
  • Electric Sander
  • Masking Tape
  • Air Compressor or Spray Gun
  • Newspapers for Masking off
  • Face Masks
  • Safety Glasses
  • Paint Thinners
  • Dust Extractor
  • One Gallon of Base Coat or Primer
  • Three gallons of Topcoat
  • 2 to 3 gallons of Clear Coat

Take a Start:

 It is very important to clean the working area. If the working region has been selected inside a shed or garage, sweep the floors and make sure that there is plenty of space to work. Obstructions in the way will only make the job harder.

If the working area is outside, clean this area with water to settle the dust and do not paint underneath a tree or anything else for that matter. A pollutant can drop onto the wet paint, ruining the finish. Then, wash the car; remove any surface contaminants such as dirt, grease, and road dirt.

Before to start sanding and applying the primer, decide what you want to paint the i-e engine bay, trunk or inner doorsills? Painting these can add time and complication to the project, especially if to paint the engine bay, which could require some perfunctory knowledge to remove the engine and other accessories. If you’re looking to improve the external then mask off the areas you don’t want to paint.

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After cleaning the working area and a shelf full of painting products, take a start by sanding in spherical motions removing the clear coat, topcoat, and base coat. This can be done with the help of a sander, sand the corners and crevices by hand.

To get the best finish, sand the complete car back down to the bare metal, giving the new prime coat a perfectly level surface to adhere to. Once the car is stripped to the desired surface, wipe down the external area with a clean rag and paint thinners. It will help to clean the dust and then wait until any residue from the thinners evaporates before continuing.


Before to apply the paint coat, a layer of rust inhibitors is applied to the substrate. Primers fill in substrate imperfection at a minuscule level and make it favorable to receive paint. Priming is usually done by dipping the entire BIW in a bath of primer to ensure even coverage. The primed surface is then dried out before applying the color coat, also known as the base coat.


With the help of the painting technique mastered, someone can start applying the primer on to the car. Start this task from the roof down, applying it in thin, even coats. It usually required three coats to cover a surface. Each coat takes about 10 minutes to apply per vehicle panel and another 20 minutes-to-an-hour for the primer to cure between coats. After completion of this task, the primer will have a powdery finish


Mix the paint with the help of thinners according to the recommended ratios on the paint instructions. Try to use the same spraying technique, used to apply the primer for the topcoat. Just like the primer, it should take a few minutes per panel to apply the paint and one an hour for the paint to cure between paint applications.

Before to apply the last coat of paint, eliminate any powdery residue with 2000-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper and wipe down with a clean rag. Before to clear coat dries, remove the masking tape used to mask off the areas which were not necessary to paint, but be careful not to get any tape or paper stuck on the wet paint.

With some practice and a systematic mindset, a paint job is possible and satisfaction level will increase by saving money.