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How to spray a car with paint cans

Let’s suppose that your car needs to be painted but there is no available body shop, or maybe you have enough time and will to learn about the car painting job by yourself.

Does it necessarily have to be unfeasible in practice? A good painting job of any kind, and especially if we are talking about cars, demands perfect skills and a lot of practice.

But, if you’ve decided to learn how to spray a car with paint cans, and do this job by yourself, here are some of the essential advice for doing it with as little mistakes as possible.

Usually, there are two possible reasons for experiencing the worst likely scenario of not having a good painting job finish when using paint cans.

Either you are not using the paint in the right way, or the color you have bought is rather thin. If there are paint issues involved, unfortunately, there is no way of improving its quality. You can only apply more paint coats.

If your painting technique is the reason for not achieving a beautiful finish, then you are in the right place. Reading the following tips about how to spray a car with paint cans can save your time and nerves at the end of the job, for sure.

Rule # 1- Preparation

Before any painting job, you need to prepare the painting surface properly. Not only does this rule apply to cars, as well but it`s the most crucial one. Without your car being sanded, smoothed, primed and sanded one more time afterward with a finer paper, you don’t need to even think about having good painting results. Sure, this will take your time, but it`s worth the effort.Your preparation process requires to include the following:

-Removing even the slightest rusty surfaces and leveling the body panel with a filler

-Thoroughly sanding all of the metal and plastic surfaces

-Properly covering all exterior trims and glass surfaces

-Choosing the right spray primer

-Wet Sanding

-Applying the second coat of primer

To be sure you have correctly prepared your car for the painting job, you can also clean it with lacquer thinner or solvent alcohol before. After drying it, you can clean it with a tack cloth, as well. In that way, you`ll be sure in removing all of the dust from the surfaces.

Rule # 2 – Painting the smaller surfaces

One of the essential rules of a successful spray painting job is to focus on smaller surfaces of your car.Why? It`s very simple. You see, if you are just a beginner trying to paint the entire driver`s door-side, for example, there is a more significant chance you`ll do something wrong.

You have to perform short hand moves on smaller areas. In that way, you`ll achieve the best results. Also, it is much better if you use horizontal movements instead of vertical ones, and remember to apply thin coats of the paint. In this way, you`ll probably avoid drips and runs in color.

Rule # 3 – Wet sanding

Wet sanding, the same one you have to use while applying the prime color, is one of the most critical tools for achieving a successful and good-looking spray can painting job. It`s essential before applying a clear coat at the end which you need for preserving the color and protecting it from fading, as well. Wet sanding smooths the color you have applied, and removes even the smallest imperfections from the car surface at the same time.

Rule # 4- Learn about the most common mistakes

To learn a successful spray can car painting technique, you need to learn how to avoid the most common mistakes. Here are few things you can do to prevent them;

– Shake the spray can long enough ( this will ensure the proper mix of the paint pigments in the can)

-Hold a spray can on the optimum distance ( carefully read the instructions on the box because the optimum distance is always pointed out)

-Avoid holding the spray can in front of your face ( it blocks your view of possible mistakes in progress)

-Choose the correct moving speed while painting ( Too fast applies, and too slow ones will both result with painting fails)

-Always apply several coats of paint ( you should use a new layer of color before the earlier one has dried completely. This will make the sheets melt and stick together and will give you a smoother effect at the end of the painting job).

If you have decided to spray your car with paint cans, but you have no experience in it, take all the time you need to exercise and practice the painting job on some other metal surface before getting to your car. In this way, you can learn how to avoid all the mistakes on time.