Paint for cars, as with any other type of automotive finish, can be a complex matter. With the exception of extremely rare and exotic models, most vehicles come with dry-sink finish. This is the less glossy, more translucent type of paint available on the market, and in general is the least expensive kind. It is also the easiest to work with, requiring little or no professional skill apply. If you have no experience with applying paint to a car body or the interior, however, you will want to use automotive spray paint for its realistic and smooth feel.
Painting a car is actually pretty straightforward, but there are several steps that must be followed in order to get the best result and to avoid having a messy finish. The first step in the process is to prepare the vehicle to receive the coating. A thorough cleaning and waxing of the vehicle are necessary to remove any dust, dirt, or debris that might otherwise compromise the finish. If this cleaning and waxing are not done in advance of the spraying of the paint, the finished product will not be as smooth or durable.
Once the vehicle has been cleaned, the inside will need to be prepped for painting. This involves a thorough cleaning of all surface surfaces, including the dashboard, floor boards, and seats. New paint will not stick to plastic or metal surfaces, so any bare metal will need to be sanded down and painted. In addition, any cracks or openings in the panels will need to be sealed. If gaps are present, these should be filled in before the primer and paint are applied.
Prior to painting, it is important to prime the metal surface to ensure that all scratches or other damage will be hidden during the final coat. This will also help to protect the finish from damage and allow it to have a smooth, matte, and evenly smooth surface. To prime a metal surface, an electrostatic charge is used to draw the potential small particles of paint back into the panel. The panel is left to dry overnight, and any remaining dirt particles are removed with a soft cloth.
Before final touch up can begin, the door jams and other obstacles should be dealt with. The reason for this step is to ensure that there are no unsightly holes or breaks in the glass which would mar the finished look. A small amount of clear coat is then sprayed over the broken areas, creating a barrier against the elements. Since this area may become more noticeable if left alone, it should be sealed before painting any further. Any clear coat finish will become smudged and discolored if it is left on for any length of time, so it is wise to cover it while it is still slightly wet.
After the door jams have been corrected, the top layer of paint should now be applied. This coat should be applied in thin layers so that it does not become too heavy or thin. The clear coat will not remain on the surface for long at any one time, as it will break down into small flakes if left on for too long. It is important to let the lacquer dry completely before repainting any part of the vehicle. Some people even apply a third coat of lacquer to their cars to protect them from the elements as well.
The best way to avoid damage from these thin layers is to apply a couple of coats of primer before the lacquer is applied. Primer prevents the paints from thinning out too much during the painting process, allowing you to get an even and consistent coat on your vehicle. When choosing your paint, be sure to choose a latex or acrylic based paint so that it is easier to prevent damage from chipping and fading. Some paints also have a protective finish which protects the clear paint from scratches and cuts. These finishes are especially important for painted car body panels that may come into contact with road debris, salt, and other types of chemicals found on the road.
Finally, any time you paint your car, be sure to buff it well to remove any excess paint that may not be absorbed by the clear coat. A buffed finish will give you a better result when it comes to adhering the finish to your vehicle's panels. By using a quality sprayer with a buffing pad, you can ensure that the finish sticks to your panel perfectly and that you are able to get a smooth and streak-free finish that looks great.