How To Spray Paint Car
If you need to know how to spray paint a car with a can of aerosol paint, you should also know that the amount of time and money you put into it is about the same as having it professionally painted. Also, the amount of time you spend on the project will directly impact the quality finish. That said, if you still want to spray paint your car, follow these steps for a job well done.
To spray paint a car, you will need:
- Buffing Compound
- Sand and clean. First, make sure you repair everything that needs to be repaired. Wet sand with 360 grit paper. Then, clean the car before you begin to spray paint.
- Prime the car. Before you begin to spray paint the car, spray the entire car with a sandable primer. Let it dry and sand it again, this time with 600 grit paper. Apply a coat of primer sealer before you spray paint your car.
- Spray paint your car. Apply at least two coats, varying direction as you go. After two coats, make sure the car is evenly covered. If it is not, then apply as many coats as you need.
- Let it dry. Wait for a day after spray painting your car, then wet sand again with 600, 1,500, and 2,000 grit sandpaper. The finish should now be glossy. Wait another week.
- Apply a clear coat. Use much more than you think you will need. Allow it to dry overnight and wet sand once again using 600, 1,500, and 2,000 grit paper. You will need to wait another week.
- Buff the finish. Use a mild buffing compound and wax to finish up the car.
Spray painting your car will take a lot of time and money. If you still insist on doing it yourself, buy a gallon of tractor paint—you will get a better finish than with a regular can of aerosol paint. But if you really insist on using aerosol paint, then good luck.