Mitchell Zook, as a young teenager, worked at his Grandfather's auto body & paint shop, learning everything about the industry from the top professionals. In an interview he explained what he learned in his early days in Southern California, growing up inside of the shop:
There will be pro’s and con’s of painting a car or any project in pieces.
I wouldn’t recommend this for newbies. If you are a newbie, and your thinking of shooting pearl, flake and even candy then spray your car in one piece.
You must feel comfortable with your gun and have proper flow and distance down pat first. If not, you risk having a blotchy and uneven candy coat.
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The most important materials required in this simple car painting process are sandpaper, soap and water, and black enamel paint. Additionally, a wax stripper or any kind of degreaser is also necessary to attain that perfect car painting result. Body putty, wire, and clear coat paint also serve specific purposes, and so do a masking tape and a paint primer. Before starting, an ample amount of plastic is necessary to cover all the windows of the car. Lastly, a urethane-based paint of a desired color is also essential for that all-important final coating.
To facilitate the car painting process, some important tools can really help such as garden hose, paint sprayer, and rags. In terms of location, an enclosed room like a garage can complement the procedure, which is divided into two phases namely the pre-painting and the actual painting.
The Pre-Painting Phase:
1. To prepare a car for some really good painting, it is necessary to clean it thoroughly, removing all the dirt, grease, and wax in the process. Before starting, every surface must be absolutely clean. A garden hose can facilitate the attainment of this simple step.
2. For the paint to attain that perfect glow, the surface must be smooth. Use a sandpaper to level out and remove rough portions, scratches, and rust.
3. Use the wire to ground the car in order for the static dust to stop attracting more dust.
4. Wipe off any dirt, ensuring that the car is completely clean before starting the painting process.
5. Use the plastic to protect the windows from getting any of the paint. A masking tape is enough to keep the plastic in position. For portions of the car that needs no painting, cover them as well to protect from the paint.
6. If there are holes or uneven surfaces, simply apply some putty to level them out and create a smooth look all over.
7. Wait until the putty dries off totally, and prepare for the actual painting phase.
1. After all the preparations, it is now time to actually paint the car by loading the primer into the paint sprayer, and then spray it all over the surface of the automobile. After use, clean the sprayer very well in preparation for the second level of coating. Wait for some time until the surface totally dries off before proceeding to the next step.
2. It is now time to put the second coating by loading the black enamel paint into the sprayer, and then spray it evenly all over the surface. Clean the sprayer once again after use then wait for some time for the paint to dry off completely.
3. Use the sandpaper to remove all the rough areas as well as the entire coating of black enamel in preparation for the next step.
4. Reload the sprayer once again, this time using the urethane-based paint of desired color, and then spray it evenly all over the surface. Wait again for some time until the paint dries off.
5. When the last coat is already dry, repeat the last step and then clean the sprayer once again.
6. After the second coat of the urethane-based paint dries off, reload the clear coat paint into the sprayer, and then spray it all over the surface of the car. Wait for some time until the paint dries off completely.
7. Repeat the last step for two more times and then move on to clean the sprayer after use.
8. After the final coating is finally over, give it some time for at least overnight to dry off perfectly. For additional designs, this is the perfect time to put them.
9. After placing all the desired designs, take off the plastic as well as the masking tape. Clean off everything else and you are ready to go with a brand new looking car!