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:
-Your choice of color spraypaint (I chose Krylon Cover Maxx because it was paint and primer all in one)
-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)