How to Paint a Car with Paint Sprayer

When you observe that your car’s paint is faded or scratched then it definitely needs a makeover. But, getting to a professional car paint expert will cost you a lot of dollars. You do have the best way to save some of your bucks by using the DIY car painting with a paint sprayer. All you have to do is to be a little careful and make sure you will get the things right in line to get the ultimate results.

What You’ll Need

What You'll NeedBefore getting started with painting your car you have to consider a few things that will help you to have the better outcomes. Most importantly you need to consider that it is the time consuming procedure and you have to be patient with it. So, schedule the painting activity when you have plenty of time and you can manage it easily. Ideally, pick up a long weekend that will be coming with plenty of time.

The next is the location where you are going to do the paint. It can be indoor to avoid any interruption but can be outdoor only if the weather permits you. In addition to that you will need the following important things:

  • Wet – and – Dry Sandpapers of 1200 and 2000 grit
  • Electric or air-powered sander
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Air compressor
  • Spray gun
  • A buffer
  • Paint thinners
  • Face masks
  • Safety glasses
  • Undercoat
  • Topcoat acrylic/enamel paint
  • Clear-coat lacque

Now the paint estimation; if it is a medium size or small car then you need approximately one gallon of base coat, three gallons of top coat, two to three gallons of clear coat. And in case of large cars base coat will be of one and a half gallons, four gallons of top coat and three to four gallons of clear – coat lacquer. Professionals could have some of others measurements on the basis of practice. Remember that you are going through the process of trial and error so you need some spare material too.

Preparation

PreparationThe get prepared for the job select the appropriate spot to work where you will not have any disturbance and interruption. On the next move clean up the working area and get all your equipment and gadgets there to ensure your good workflow. Now, get the car and clean it thoroughly, make sure to remove all the dirt, grease or road grime from the surface.

Now, decide the spots that you are going to pain up whether you are going to work on details such as inner doorsills, trunk or engine bay or just going to have the overall finishing. If you are thinking of the detailing then it will simply cost you more of time as you have to get the car stripped down including its engine and more.

Afterwards, put on your mask and eye protection glasses to turn on the dust extractor and get it clean.

Stripping

StrippingHere you got some work after clean up now starts up with sanding and make sure to use the circular motions to get the best finish. You will get the smooth surface when getting the bare metal of the car again this will not contain any of the paint particles and you will have the surface as smooth as new. But, if you have lack of time then you do not have to get to the bare metal, just make sure to get the smooth surface.

Afterwards, wipe the surface with a clean rag by using thinners to remove dust. Now, wait until the thinner evaporates from the surface and then continue to the next step.

Priming

PrimingNow you have to mask the area that you do not want to paint at all. It is necessary to cover such areas so you will have the better paint experience. Then mix the primer with thinners as per to the recommended ratios mentioned on the tin.

Before getting started with painting make sure you will have a trial that will give you the better experience with the painting. Get a scrap metal sheet and hold the spray gun approximately 6 inches away from the panel and then spray in side-to-side sweeping motion. Press the trigger only when more the spray gun. Holding is continuously and a static position can cause the thicker pots and runs on the surface.

Once you are done with the whole techniques now you can shift the moves to the car and start working from roof to down. Apply the primer in thin coats to cover the surface completely and let it dry for the recommended time. Once it is dried and surface have a powdery finish then use the 2000 grit wet and dry sandpaper to sand the surface lightly and get it smooth. Now clean the spray gun and wipe the primed surface using slight thinner and get it dry. Do not use too much of thinner as it can damage the primed surface.

Painting

Now mix the paint with thinner as per to the recommended ratio and apply the topcoat using the same techniques. It will almost take 10 minutes to have one coat and give it the recommended time to dry and have the other coat.

It is recommended to apply almost three to four coats following the instructions. But before applying the last coat make sure you will use the 2000 grit sandpaper to remove any of the powdery elements. When you are done with painting to coat then butt pain with using the buffer in a circular motion. Make sure to not to burn the paint by applying the buffer at one spot for too long. All you need is a bit of practice to be good with the car painting with a paint sprayer.

Conclusion

Painting your car with the paint sprayer is not a difficult thing to do. All you have to make sure is to use the right kind of sprayer at the right time. Make sure you are prepared well to do the job and went through the trial and error for sure. Consider all the necessary precautions and check guidelines to achieve the best results. It will be easy for you if you keep the necessary measures considered in advance.