Though spray painting seems real easy at first glance, there's so much that goes with this. In the end, you should be able to create a smooth finish or even achieve car show quality. If you're not too careful, you may find yourself sanding away the botched-up paint a couple of times till you erase the imperfections. Leave behind blotches or runs, and the vehicle will probably look like it's painted with more than one color or even seem like a science project gone wrong.
Let us teach you how to spray paint your ride the right way.
Step 1: Find a good place for spray painting the vehicle. This should be warm and dry so that spray from the aerosol won't run. The spot should also be well ventilated to keep you from breathing in all the fumes.
Step 2: Get all the tools and materials for spray painting the vehicle ready. Have these things checked off the list: masking tape, painter's paper, 80-grit sandpaper, 1200-grit sandpaper, and spray paint. You may need 10 to 20 cans for spray painting, depending on the size of the vehicle. Check the color code to get the right paint for your car. Always read the manufacturer label for application instructions and warnings.
Sanding and priming
Step 1: Remove the vehicle's paint by sanding it with an 80-grit sandpaper until it's down to the bare metal. If you can't finish sanding the entire vehicle in one day, then the vehicle should be layered with rust protector.
Step 2: Mask off areas or panels that won't be primered or spray painted using some masking tape and painter's paper to cover them up. Do this after you've finished sanding areas to be painted. Using a dry cloth or soft rag, clean out the surface, getting rid of dirt or residue on the auto body.
Step 3: Spray some primer on the panels to be painted. Make sure that the primer is sprayed evenly for best results. It also helps if you're about 25 cm. away from the vehicle panel or surface that will be primered when doing so. Apply multiple layers of primer until there's no more hint of metal. Spray this per section of the vehicle. For instance, you may start with the fender and then the door and other panels until the whole vehicle has been primered. Allow the primer to dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 4: Sand the primered panels using a 1200-grit wet sandpaper. From time to time, dip the sandpaper in water. Use warm, soapy water to clean the sanded area, and then rinse and dry it thoroughly.
Applying spray paint
Step 1: Shake the aerosol for about 2 minutes until the paint is mixed well.
Step 2: Spray paint each section of the car. After each layer of paint, shake the aerosol can to mix paint evenly. Add multiple coats until the desired finish and color is achieved.
Some variations include sanding the car once again with wet sandpaper. The residue should be washed out and the sanded area should be rinsed and dried thoroughly. After this, you may apply additional layers of spray paint. There are also other techniques used for spray painting such as adding gloss paint.