How to paint a car yourself

How to paint a car yourself?

Painting your vehicle at home is possible, but it can be labor-intensive and difficult if you do not plan well. Actually anybody can pick up a can of spray and spend an hour spraying the body of the car, but it takes patience and no practice or skill to create a masterpiece that you can be proud of. So if you want to save cash and paint your car make sure you have time.

Painting your car can be very tedious and time consuming in fact most experienced individuals advice that if you are considering the idea of painting your car make sure it's a small part and not the entire car. But this doesn't mean that you cannot paint the entire car by yourself, so make sure you have the above requirements ready and a day or two free.


*old newspaper

*orbital sander,

*sanding paper

*aerosol paint




*aerosol primer

*masking tape

*rubber block


Step 1: Repairs

If your car has dents, the first thing you should do is remove the dents by first pushing it outside starting from the outer edges of the dents. Work the dent slowly to the middle until the crease is removed completely.

Once all the dents are removed. You can start sanding the dents on the panel you are working on or the entire panel starting from the dents using the p80 grade disk and make sure you remove all the excess dust on the panel before applying the thin layer of body filler. Allow the filler to dry before you start rubbing to level the filler using the P120 grade paper placed on a rubber block.

For a smoother finish scrub the filler lightly using the p240 grade paper until the filler is smooth and even on the panel you are working on. Remember rust can be easily removed using the p80 paper which you must.

Step 2: Panel preparation

If you were working on the dented part alone and not the entire panel, you can feather out the edges you have already repaired using the p320 sand disk on the random-orbital sander. This will help you even-out the old-layers of the paint thus promoting a flat surface. Rub the entire panel using p500 paper to get a smoother paintable finish. Once the surface is smooth, you can clean it and mask the panel perfectly to protect the adjacent panel from the paint.

Step 3: Priming

The newly repaired region should always be primed with a high-solid aerosol primer. So apply about 4 coats making sure that every cross-coat overlaps the previous coat for a consistent smoother texture. Allow the primer to dry before you start rubbing the panel using the p800grade wet & dry sand paper. But remember to wear the mask and gloves to protect yourself from the primer. Once priming is done, try and check the panel for any sign of dents or imperfection.

Step 4: Clean the panel

If the dent is all gone and the layer is smooth and perfect you can start cleaning the panel. Make sure you degrease the surface using diluted mixture of white spirit and water at a ratio of 1:6 and finally apply a clean lint free cloth. Mask the surface using the old newspaper and masking tape making sure that the other panels are protected from the spray.

Step 5: Painting

Finally put on your respiratory equipments and apply three layers of paint on the panel making sure that the different coats overlap for a smoother finish. Make sure you let the paint flash-off between the different coats for some few minutes. If the primer is still visible add more coats of paint until its fully covered. You can polish the paint after it has dried for about two days.

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Casy Hogan

Casy lives in Southern California with her family. She is also an avid philanthropist and love kittens.

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