Car Painting: What Are The Steps Involved In Professionally Painting A Car?
Right from the get-go we’re going, to be honest with you and say that having your car professionally painted can be quite expensive. But as you’ll see from the blog it is also very necessary to ensure that you get the best services. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but it’s also necessary to maintain a proper re-sale value of your car. A shiny car that looks new automatically is worth a lot more than one with dents and scratches.
Steps Required To Paint A Car
1. Make sure you have the proper tools and workspace
Most paint jobs require a professional touch because the auto experts that usually have the best tools and proper space available to paint a car. We won’t get into the details of what supplies you’ll need but the list is extensive and would take up the remainder of this blog. You also need to have a dust free, clean workspace available to paint your car. During the painting process and while the paint is drying you want to ensure absolutely no foreign debris are found on the vehicle as this could end up looking really bad.
2. Sand Your Vehicle
The next step you need to take is to thoroughly and evenly sand all the paintable surfaces on your vehicle. At the Car Salon in Calgary, we have precision tools that give the larger surfaces the right amount of sanding so that the paint has a great even surface to bond to. This is very important. We even take painstaking efforts to ensure that the areas that the machine cannot read are manually sanded by hand. This can take up to two hours per panel.
3. Wipe With Thinners
Once we’re done sanding your car we slowly and meticulously wipe down each surface with thinners to ensure there are no dust particles on the surface. Again this is to ensure an absolute professional finish to the paint job once completed. Once you’ve wiped the car down wait for it to dry completely before you move onto the next step.
4. Applying The Primer and Topcoat
This is where the real expertise comes in. A primer and top coat need to be applied very evenly to every surface. If you want to try this at home you’re free to do so (just makes sure you’re wearing all the necessary safety equipment like goggles and a face mask). Keep the spray can about 6 inches from the painting surface and slowly apply pressure to the trigger to release primer evenly across the surface. A top coat is the primary layer of paint that goes on your car. It forms the basis of the final finish your car will have. It needs to have the same applying process as the primer and it too needs steady hands, and a whole lot of patience to complete accurately. You need to put at least 2-3 rounds of primer and 4-5 rounds of pain on your car. Ensure that each coat dries thoroughly before you move onto the next round.
5. Applying the lacquering
Before you apply the lacquer to the car ensure that there are no blemishes on the surface. You’ll need to sand the body with at least a 2000-grit sandpaper for the best results. Repeat the primer painting process with at least 1-2 coats. Allow the lacquer to cure for whatever time is mentioned on the can.
If you thought that the process of painting a car was simple you now know differently. If you need the experts to have your car painted professionally in Calgary, get in touch with The Car Salon today. We have the best mix of tools and professionals at hand to ensure that you get exactly what you need from your car paint job.