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How To Paint a Car

Before deciding to take your vehicle in for a professional makeover, consider the money-saving alternative of doing it yourself at home with these steps.


  • Step 1: Paint the vehicle using the spray gun and air compressor.
  • TIP: Lighter colors will not show slight imperfections as much as black or darker colors will.
  • Step 2: Apply a second coat to ensure proper coverage. When the paint dries, remove the masking and look for your reflection in your shiny new paint job.
  • FACT: The New Car Assessment Program was established by the U.S. government in 1978 to educate consumers about the safety of new vehicles on the market.
  • Step 3: Prime the vehicle's body using a spray gun attached to an air compressor to give the paint a good surface to adhere to.
  • Step 4: Remove grease from the vehicle's surface using oil and grease remover and lint-free rags.
  • Step 5: Remove the car's trim to prevent build up of primer, dust, and paint in cracks and crevices.
  • Step 6: Sand the body using a sanding block with 150-grit sandpaper to cut through the paint layers. Then sand again, using 320-grit sandpaper as a finisher.
  • TIP: Make sure all surfaces are flat and free of imperfections.
  • Step 7: Mask the windows and unremovable trim with masking tape and butcher's paper.
  • : Always wear gloves, goggles, and a respirator when painting your vehicle.

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