Learning how to paint a truck is a great way to improve its look, have fun and save some money. Perhaps the best part is that you get to customize the look yourself, adding trim and highlights as you see fit. All in all, the whole project can be very satisfying and rewarding.
To paint a truck, you will need:
- Masking tape and paper
- A screwdriver
- Spray paint, or a paint gun
- Body filler and a body repair kit
- A clean, dirt-free area
- Using the screwdriver, remove any and all trim, molding and chrome. Basically, you want to remove anything extra that can easily detach. This will prevent you from getting carried away with the over-spray.
- Make any basic body repairs. Using the body filler and body repair kit, fill any dents, deep scratches and holes. Remove any excess rust or other types of damage. You may even be able to use a specially designed suction cup device to pull out any deep dents.
- Before you can even think about painting a truck, you will next need to sand down any rough or troubled areas. Focus on cracked or bubbled paint, and make sure you pay special attention to the rusted areas.
- Create a work area that is clean and clear of dust and dirt. This is very important, because when you paint a truck, even a few tiny specks of floating dirt can cause havoc. You may want to consider building yourself a spray booth to reduce any risk of imperfection.
- Wash the truck. Your truck needs to be clean and dry if you expect the paint to bond properly.
- Use masking tape to tape off any areas you do not want painted. Making sure to only use the masking tape and masking paper, mark off things such as wheels, window, mirrors, bumpers and trim.
- Use the primer to prepare the surface of the truck. Be sure you use a primer that is specially designed for metal. Apply a few coats and allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding.
- You are finally ready to paint the truck. Make sure you spray evenly, using an overlapping motion. Be prepared to apply several coats, and allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat.
- Allow the paint to dry for a few days, even up to a week, then wax and buff the area. Your truck will now be nice and shiny and look brand new.