A finished paint job is only as good as the quality of steps taken to apply it. Before you begin your next restoration, check out these tips for a perfect custom finish shine.
Remove Any Imperfections
If a car ends up in a body shop, there’s a good chance that at least one or two dings are present. Even when an owner simply wants a new coat of paint, years of road travel can take a toll and result in minor scratches and surface imperfections. While these may blend into a dull or peeling paint job, every minor pit or dip in the surface will show up on a new one. That’s why the first step to a showroom finish is to get rid of imperfections.
Dents of all shapes and sizes are common on vehicles needing new paint. They can range from a minor parking lot ding to dents that require new panels. Detached panels or those with severe damage may need to be replaced. Always reapply car sealant where required to ensure a smooth transition and a watertight seal.
Be sure you have the correct tools to complete the job before you start. In addition to your trusted hammer and dolly set, you may also need cutting wheels, sanders, and abrasives to get the job done right.
Take Time to Prepare Surfaces
Getting a picture-perfect finish on a car starts with laying a solid foundation. That means a lot of prep work. First, every seam and repair must be sanded to a smooth finish. Additionally, existing paint imperfections, such as orange peel or pitting, must be addressed. This can take several sanding sessions, and you can not skip any of them if you want a great finished product.
Once all repairs and sanding are complete, you reach the critical step of cleaning the surface. Failure here will prevent the primer and paint from sticking. Proper cleaning goes much further than wiping it down. Any grease or oils must be carefully removed with an appropriate cleaner. Many shops use paint-safe solvents to ensure a pristine surface for fresh paint.
Choose Your Materials
This starts well before you get to the painting process since your prep work will vary depending on what materials you are working with. So, before you begin sanding, identify the type of paint on the vehicle and the best approach to making it shine. Then, you can start the painting process to see the results show through.
Protect the Finish
Before you let the car roll out your door, take a little extra time to protect the new finish. Depending on the type and age of the car in question, this could mean applying wax and polish or adding a layer of clear coat first. Keep in mind that sanding and buffing will bring some finishes to life, while the same process can damage other finishes. Choose your protectant and apply it under controlled conditions to ensure no contaminants get trapped.
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