5 Car Spray Painting Tips For A Stunning Coat

Are you looking to transform your car without breaking the bank?

When painting a vehicle, spray painting methods can make the difference between a good looking paint job compared to one that you may not want anyone to see. 

Don’t keep your prized car locked away this year because the paint job makes you cringe. 

Whether you are going to use a car airbrush or a standard auto spray gun, there are ways you can help to ensure you get the job done right the first time and also avoid wasting money and time in having to re-do the job. 

The following 5 tips can help you get the perfect coat.

mechanic showing car paint colours


#1 – Surface Preparation is Critical 


Before even hooking your spray gun up, you should spend plenty of time getting your vehicle’s surface prepared.  

Sandpaper can be your best friend when painting a car. Low grit sandpaper should be used such as 300 or 80 grit in order to smooth out the imperfections or scratches in the vehicle’s surface. 

You also should spend time practicing the proper wet sanding methods using 1000 grit or higher papers. The more time that is spent on preparing the vehicle’s surface, the easier spraying your car will be. 

The hot water repair team at Smart & Fast Electrical say that their car is a 24/7 marketing tool, so the paint must be perfect. They explain “as emergency repair experts we’re always on call. So our car might be seen at 2pm or 2am. If it doesn’t look professional this can hurt our image, so the way your car looks really does impact your entire image. Treat it seriously.”

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#2 Tape or Remove to Avoid Overspray 

Unless you are experienced with using a paint sprayer and are very comfortable with painting cars, then you should try to remove parts of the car that you will be painting. That is especially true when you paint only a single quarter panel, door, or bumper. 

However, if you cannot take the piece off, be sure to tape the area off in order to avoid over-spraying the parts of the car that do not need to be painted. 

To tape an area off, be sure to use painter’s grade masking tape that won’t damage the vehicle’s finish.   

range of car paint colours


#3 – Spray on Several Light Coats Instead Of Heavy One 

Inexperienced car painters often have a tendency to paint a car too fast. Sometimes, you might be tempted to spray lots of paint on a vehicle. However, that almost always will result in paint build-up or runs. 

Therefore, be sure you hold the spray nozzle around 10-12 inches away from the car and spray it with even and slow strokes. 

Spray the car from right to left, instead of up and down. If you happen to miss part of your car, do not break your rhythm. 

Simply wait until you are ready to apply your next coat and cover up the area you missed.  


#4 – Correct Your Mistakes Before You Continue

If you happen to make a mistake as you are spraying your car, keep spraying the coat of paint you are currently working on. However, correct or repair the mistake before applying another coat of paint. 

Use sandpaper to lightly sand runs or paint buildup away. Just be sure to let the paint dry before you correct your mistake. 
With a bonus tip for paint care AFTER you’ve finished, the tree removalists from Cheaper Trees explain that “it’s not enough to paint your car and think the hard work is done. Parking under trees for an example poses a number of threats. Tree sap can erode paint and leave unsightly marks. In the same way birds nesting in trees can cause corrosive and lasting damage with their droppings. So it pays to stay aware after the hard work is done.”

After more ways to take care of your car? Find out about the 8 tips YOU need to follow to keep your car clean in 2020.

scratch on car paint exterior


#5 – Don’t Rush In Between Coats

Once you have sprayed a coat of paint on your car, you need to allow the coat to have enough time to properly set before you apply the next coat. 

For a majority of kinds of car paint, you need to wait around 15-20 minutes in between coats. If it is a primer you are applying, then you should wait around 24 hours before an enamel based paint or base coat is being applied. 

Also between applying primer and paint, you should wet sand on the car using a 1000-1200 grit sandpaper. That will make it easier to spray the vehicle and let you use less paint to cover up the car. 

Are you in need of affordable and professional car spray painting in Western Australia? Chat to the team from Swan Smash repair today!