How to Spray a Car Panel
Spray painting a car can be a daunting task for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. It involves a lot of time and requires some technical skills in painting. However, with the right guidance and mindset, anyone can actually pull it off since the process only gets easier with practice. Here are some fundamental concepts to work on:
Know which parts to paint
A car panel may refer to the car’s quarter panel, the fender, or the door panel. Still, the term “panel” may actually just refer to the car’s entire exterior. Make a concrete plan on which parts of the car you actually want to repaint. By doing so, you will be able to pinpoint which parts you may have to mask or protect during the painting process.
Strip the car to bare metal
Sanding the car properly is a very important step that many amateurs fail to do. Even if this process takes time, it is an absolute necessity in order to get a smoother and more even finish. You may manually strip the car using your own hands or you can buy electrical sanding devices for faster results.
Mix your paints and thinners accurately
Before starting the painting process, make sure to mix your paints with the right amount of thinners. This is important for you to arrive at the correct consistency that can stick well to the car’s surface. If you’re still not sure of the ratios to follow after reading the can’s label, go to your local car improvement shop and seek for advice from an expert.
Paint the car
Of course, the most important step is the actual painting. You must have complete paraphernalia for spray painting, especially a good air compressor that ejects paint at the right air pressure. When painting, hold the spray gun perpendicular to the car panel at a distance of about 12 inches and paint the car in side-by-side sweeping motions. Apply the primer first and let it dry before proceeding with the topcoat and finally the glossy finish.