How to Paint Your Car | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

How to Paint Your Car | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Car Painting is a time-consuming process that includes steps like sanding, prepping the car's body, and painting. Painting a car requires a lot of patience and experience. Here are some simple steps that may help you paint your car.

Prep Work

1. Suitable workplace
It is necessary to find the right space to paint your car. It should have good lighting, electricity, minimal dust, excellent ventilation and enough room to work on the vehicle. Keep in mind that furnaces or water heaters at residential garages may cause an ignition from the paint fumes.

2. Have required equipment and materials on hand
Required materials include paint, tools for sanding, polishing, painting and safety equipment. Make a list of all the required materials and equipment beforehand to make the process go smoother.

3. Remove rust
First, repair any visible rust and dent spots so that they are not visible after you finish painting your car.

4. Dismantle any panels or plastic trims
Dismantle any panel moldings and any chrome or plastic trim. Much of the panels on cars can be removed or assembled easily, but if you can’t manually remove it then don’t try to force it.

5. Sand and apply primer
Sand the paint down to its bare metal. After, use an automotive primer and fill in any dents or scratches. This step will be followed by applying finishing paint.

6. Clean the surface
Clean the surface of your car with soap and water.

7. Cover the rest of the car
Areas that can’t be painted like mirrors, grills, door handles, window trim, and glass must be covered with good quality paper or masking tape.

Post Preparation for Car Painting

1. Apply corrosion resistant primer
Apply corrosion resistant and self-etching primer on the surface to remove existing paint. Some scratches and pits are left after applying the body filler in the preparation process. They will be removed if you use enough primer and paint to make it smooth. There are several types of primers, some of which require recoating. Use the primer according to the instructions given on the container.

2. Sand for smoothness
Use a 600 grit dry/wet sandpaper for running paint. Be careful not to expose the metal again by sanding too much.

3. Cleaning
Clean the surface with wax and acetone or grease remover to remove any oils or dust after priming. Cleaning the surface is an important step in painting a car.

4. Spray time
Spray the paint after preparing the colour. Use of automotive enamels is recommended. The paint must be thin enough to improve the smoothness and reflection.

5. Final sanding
To make the paint perfectly smooth you must sand the final coat using 1200 or finer grit wet sandpaper. If you want to remove minor imperfections and give a deeper and higher gloss look then use a clear-coat.

6. Use a rubbing compound
This is an important and final step in painting a car. Rubbing is a technique that is used to polish the paint. In the past, rubbing was best done by hand, but today rubbing is much easier and is done using modern buffing machines and power polishers. Any carelessness in rubbing can ruin your paint.



Penney Auto Body & Glass, Vancouver’s Auto Body Collision Repair Shop, is an expert in paint and body repair and cares about the welfare of your car and your personal safety. If you get involved in an automotive accident or you're a victim of a vehicle break-in or theft be sure to contact Penney Auto Body for your auto body, collision repair, and car painting services.


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