Car Repainting




I wanted to make a car I recently purchaced more my style, but on a budget. (painting a car another color may void some warranties/contracts so double check)

Step 1: Materials

Materials youll need:
-Painters tape
-Your choice of color spraypaint (I chose Krylon Cover Maxx because it was paint and primer all in one)
-Dust masks
-Automotive wax
-PATIENCE. If you want it to look good and be done right you definitely need patience

Total cost was around $90 but will vary depending on the size of the car

Step 2: Preparation

Preparation is always key. You want to be in a well ventilated area make sure all of your windows, mirrors, lights, tires and anything else you dont want painted is properly covered with newspaper and tape.

Step 3: Sanding

Sanding helps create a better surface for the paint to stick to and gets rid of the old paint and primer, (a sander would make this process faster but I did it by hand) ideally you can use 80 grit sandpaper and sand down to the metal

Step 4: Rinse

Rinse off the car and completely dry. This gets dirt off (mainly left from sanding) that would potentially cause the paint to not stick properly.

Step 5: Primer

Primer the car for a base coat so the paint can stick properly (if a 2-in-1 wasnt chosen) holding the can 8-12" away with swift even strokes to avoid dripping

Step 6: Tape Off Sections

If youre going for a two tone look like mine youll want to take some time and tape off the different parts

Step 7: Painting

Spray paint sprays more evenly when its warmer. Spray swift even coats 8"-12" away to avoid dripping, if any dripping occurs wait for paint to dry and lightly sand the drip with a more fine sandpaper. If no drips wait for paint to dry before adding more coats. Repeat this step until you have your desired look

Step 8: Clear Coat

Add a layer of clear coat to help protect paint.

Step 9: Waxing

Ideally you want to wait at least 2 weeks after painting to wax so the paint sets properly. Waxing will give it that sleek car look while beading away water. Considering it's spray paint, you want to use low pressure when waxing due to the thickness of the spraypaint coating being thinner than automotive paint. (I personally have not had time to wax my car yet)



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    4 Discussions

    ThriftStore Hacker

    2 years ago

    And the best part is if someone scratches it you are a hardware store away from a fix.

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    With rattle can paints you need to wait a lot longer before you apply wax. They aren't catalyzed, two parts are mixed together then sprayed causing a chemical reaction. They are air dry. This takes some time. Months even. If you wax too soon, you clog the pores that allow the delivery agent to "off gas." Doing so will cause any one of several finish failures. just need time that's all. lean over and smell the paint a week or month after applying. If you can still smell it, it isn't done flashing off.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    thanks for the tip! i forget that in other states it takes longer, im in arizona and i had to repaint my hood about a week ago (someone put something on it and scratched it bad) and there is no smell now.