Essential DIY Tips for Painting Your Car

July 25, 2014

Believe it or not, you can get a professional-quality paint job on your car for a fraction of the cost of taking it to a shop. Not only do you save money, it is a very rewarding experience when done right. Whether you’re looking to freshen up a dull color or want a completely new look, ColorBond car paints are the perfect way to create that new, lasting look in an affordable way.

Use Quality Paint

This should be a no-brainer, but it is vital that your paint of choice isn’t of poor quality. Any great job that you think you’d done will quickly deteriorate if the paint is basement bargain and low quality. ColorBond’s line of primers and refinishing paints won’t flake, chip, crack, or peel. Our paint works flawlessly on leather, plastic, and vinyl and provides a quality that looks like professionals did it the job.

Choose the correct color

Call your local automotive dealer and give him your vin #. This will enable the dealer to give you the exact color name. Then, go to our color chart and choose your color from among 148 contemporary OEM aerosol colors.

Prep the painting area

Thoroughly clean to ensure your painting area is free of dust and dirt that could easily ruin your new finish. Be sure to paint in a well-ventilated, dry space. The quality of the finished product is directly related to the amount of prep done, so set yourself up well and don’t cut any corners when prepping.

Prep the painting surface

If you’re painting the outside of the car, thoroughly wash and remove any rust. If you’re painting the interior, thoroughly vacuum and shampoo all cloth upholstery with a damp cloth. Dust and dirt can mix with the paint causing an uneven finish. Use 1200 grit wet dry sandpaper and lightly buff all leather surfaces and hard plastics. This step can be eliminated if you are spraying on vinyl, ABS, PC or TPU. When painting hard plastics such as TPO / PP or metal, use # 215 clear adhesion promoter to insure proper adhesion. This step can be eliminated if you are painting leather, vinyl, ABS, PVC or TPU.

Soak Can for 15 Seconds

The hot summer days will dry the pigment in mid air and will create a powdery rough surface. To prevent this type of dry spray, place aerosol in ice bath and spin for 15 seconds. This will get the boiling point in the aerosol cooler and make the paint flow better.


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