How to spray paint your car in 6 easy steps with no issues

Jul 15 2019

Spraying your car can seem like a mammoth task that involves risk. However, since car manufacturers use a car spraying technique to spray the car in the factory, spraying a car gives an almost airbrushed look.

 

For the times when you need to get the spray paint out to cover up larger scratches, take a look at the 6 easy steps that will help you repair your car.

 

Will it be easy to spray my car?

 

This really depends on how big the scratch or dent is, and where on the car it is placed. The below guide is a basic spray paint guide and won’t cover you for deep scratches. These can be dealt with by usingour guide to repairing deep scratches which outlines how you can use our touch up paint to deal with deep scratches.

 

That being said, if your car isn’t deeply scratched or damaged, you should be able to spray your car with relative ease. Take a look at the 6 easy steps below.

 

Step One: Prepare Your Panel

 

There are two ways you can go about spray painting your car. One is to remove the panel and place it in a sheltered, dry and ventilated area. The second is to mask off the areas surrounding it to avoid overspray, and directly apply it to the vehicle. 

 

Step Two: Clean The Panel

 

Now you’ve separated the panel, it’s time to clean it to ensure no residue ends up damaging your paintwork. Wash the panel with soap and water and then dry it and use degreaser on a cloth to clean the entire area of leftover grease that could stop the paint from sticking. In order to fully flatten the panel and avoid any uneven paint distribution, you can also rub down the area with grit paper and then dust off with degreaser on a cloth again to fully smooth the area.

 

Step Three: Apply The Prime

 

Next up, it’s time to apply the primer by first shaking the can. Apply the primer by following the instructions on the can which will involve spraying it in a light fashion across the entire panel. Allow this to dry and then repeat 3 times until it’s fully covered, ensuring that you only spray lightly to avoid congealed paint.

 

Step Four: Apply The Base Coat

 

Follow any instructions on the can, and shake it thoroughly before applying thin layers to the panel. Aim for full coverage with one single spraying movement, and repeat this 3 times or until the panel has full coverage.

 

Step Five: Apply The Clear Coat

 

With the clear coat, you’re going to need to follow the same process as above, using a light spraying technique, however, you need to ensure that you only spray in one direction. The reason being is that the clear coat peels and patterns more easily than the other layers, so you will need to avoid any uneven layering.

 

Step Six: Apply A Sealant 

 

To ensure that your hard work is maintained, use a sealant which will leave a long-lasting layer of protection on your car. You’ll see an extra level of shine with a sealant, which will make your hard work worthwhile.

Whilst spray paint can be a good fix for scratches and marks on your car, a touch up paint solution can be just as effective. Browse our range of touch up paint, or read up on how to find your colour code to get started today!