Do it Yourself Auto Body Spraying

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    • 1). Wash the vehicle thoroughly and dry with a towel. There should be no dirt, dust, fibers or debris on the car as all of these will inhibit the painting.

    • 2). Apply plastic sheeting over areas of the car that you do not want to paint if this is a "patch job." For any minor spray painting job, find the correct color for the year, make and model for your vehicle to ensure that it matches. Also cover any area of the workspace -- including the floor -- where tools or equipment may be in the crossfire of overspray.

    • 3). Cut plastic sheeting with a razor blade to cover the automobile windows, tires and mirrors. Attach with masking tape. Curve the tape into the seam between the window and the auto body where paint flecks may fly while spraying.

    • 4). Spray the primer in slow, even strokes. Primer should be held at least 12 inches from the vehicle. This will allow you to see how steady the flow is as it covers the vehicle. Spray several coats for complete coverage.

    • 5). Allow primer to dry completely according to directions on the bottle. This should take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours.

    • 6). Spray paint on the vehicle once the primer has set. Use the same technique as you did with the primer. Slow, continuous, even strokes will create a professional looking job. If you are painting a patch job on a vehicle, fewer coats may be necessary as the color of the vehicle may have faded overtime. It will be necessary to apply at least three coats of automotive paint to a vehicle to complete the look.

    • 7). Allow to dry completely before applying clear coat. Only one or two coats should be needed with the clear coat paint. Some automotive paints have clear coat already formulated into the paint, so this step may be unnecessary. If paint is formulated like so it will state it on the label.

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