DIY: How to Paint Your Car’s Bodywork


If you want to give your car a unique look or you’re a car owner on a budget, painting your vehicle is an effective way to do this. However, before you start, you should know what you’re doing. Mistakes happen, so take the time to understand what’s involved so that you don’t have any regrets later. The following steps will ensure that the process of painting your car’s body work goes as smoothly as possible. 

Make Sure You Have all the Supplies Required for the Job 

You require certain supplies to paint your car’s bodywork. The most important supplies include the following: 

  • Rolls of masking tape such as JTAPE Custom
  • Cloths. 
  • Scuff pads. 
  • Glazing putty for minor damage. 
  • Spray primer. 
  • Solvent that removes oil based substances on the surface of the area to be painted. 
  • Newspapers. 
  • Rust remover and primer. 
  • Sanding sponge.  
  • The appropriate amount of spray paint. You may need to ask your supplier how much you need. 
  • Plastic drop cloths to cover the areas you won’t be spray painting such as windows, wheels and other panels of the car. 

Once everything is in place you can start preparing your car for the painting stage.  

Prepare your Car 

Before you even open a paint can, you need to prepare your car for the work to be carried out. Wash the car thoroughly with soapy water and then rinse it. Remove any old paint and rust. Make sure your car is dry before going any further. 

Tape the areas of the car you won’t be painting including mirrors, windows, wheels and other appropriate parts of your car. 

Make sure you have removed all rust. You should also apply sand glazing putty to any damaged areas of the car. Once this is done, apply the primer to areas affected by rust and metal components of the car.  

If you are only painting part of your car, isolate the first panel you will be painting. Cover the areas you won’t be painting for now with the appropriate plastic sheeting. This means the area you are painting will be the only part of your car that’s exposed. 

Double check that the area to be painted is clean and rust free. There may also be oil based substances you can’t see on the surface. Clean the surface with a solvent just in case. 

Paint Your Car 

Once the preparation stage is complete, it’s time to actually paint your car. It’s a good idea to paint a small section of the car at a time. Apply light coats of the paint using short, side-to-side strokes.  

Make sure the paint is applied evenly and doesn’t drip. When the first coat dries, add another light coat. You may decide to add more coats but be consistent. Apply the same number of coats to each section of your car. Continue with this process until all the car is painted. 

Finishing Up 

Once all of the paint has dried, remove the tape and plastic drop cloth used to cover certain parts of the car. Finally, add the finishing touch by wet sanding and polishing your freshly painted vehicle. 

Painting your car’s bodywork is an effective way to bring new life back to your vehicle. However, make sure you prepare properly and above all take your time to avoid making mistakes.

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