How To Paint Parts of a Car

Easy Fixes for Your Faded Paint

Fixing the paint job on your car isn't as hard as most people think; it's actually pretty simple. It also shouldn't cost you a lot (depending upon how much of your car you are painting). 

What you will need.

  • Sandpaper. Buy the kind of sandpaper that can be used with water. I recommend #100.
  • Primer. Gray primer is the most popular color primer and the easiest to work with.
  • Paint. Your paint should be in a spray can. You can get the same color as your car by going to the closest Levine store and giving them your car color code (located on your driver side door on a sticker).
  • Clear coat. Clear coat is the clear shiny stuff that goes on top.
  1. Put on a mask and safety goggles.You should wear a mask and safety goggles to protect yourself from paint fumes and splatter.
  2. Begin by sanding the part that you will be painting. Use the kind of sandpaper that can be used with water. You should know even before you start that you really don't need to sand it until you see metal--just sand it enough until the paint is flat with no shine.
  3. Dampen the sandpaper in the water and begin sanding in a circular motion. Always sand in a circular motion.
  4. After sanding, look at it and make sure you don't see any shiny spots. Shiny spots indicate that the paint won't stick. Painting over a shiny spot is a very good way to mess everything up.
  5. Let the parts of your car that you have sanded dry completely.
  6. Now, it's time for priming. You will need one coat of primer and that's it ...... so spray it from far away and don't let it drip or apply too much.
  7. Now it's time to sand again (but just a little). Get a damp sandpaper and softly sand some of the primer until you see that it is a really smooth and nice flat color.
  8. Let the parts of your car that you have primed dry completely.
  9. Now you're ready to paint. Get your paint and apply the first coat. Let it dry a little--the first coat doesn't need to look amazing. (Most of the professionals don't even apply paint on the whole thing on the first coat.)
  10. After the first coat has dried, just go to the second coat pay a lot of attention because this is the coat that really counts.
  11. Always apply the paint in an up and down motion. Be sure you don't leave any blank spots. Let the paint dry and now it's time for the clear coat. Apply a thin coat of clear coat and let it kind of dry (not all the way though). Now go on and apply a thick coat on top and let it dry.

You just got a new paint job and you did it all by yourself. Congratulations!


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great info. thank you.

By James Goetz

Great info because I backed into the basketball net in my new car and put a nice scratch in it!

By jennifer reed