Let us start with the Basic: Car Paint!

DIY Car Painting: 7 Easy Steps to Paint Your Own Car

Whether your car looks like it needs a new paint job, or you simply just want to change the color – doing the paint job yourself is easy enough as long as you have an idea of a few tricks that will guide you through the process. Here are the basic steps to help you achieve that job

1.Remove any Rust

Once rust has taken place, it will be hard to stop! For simple rusts, it can be as easy as sanding only the rusted part, examine that you’ve removed all the rusts, then cover it with primer – exposed metal will only rust again.

For bigger parts that are rusted, it is better to remove the metal and have the patches welded. And for extreme cases, this may require you to replace the entire panel.

2.Clean your Car

This is the most basic of all steps and most required. Clean your car thoroughly, removing all specs, dirt, dust, road salt, and any oil residue-these things can cause “fish eye” when not removed before the paint job. Simply using water and soap is fine, then wipe it with a microfiber cloth and let it completely dry.

3.Sand your Car

Want to get the best result? Sand down your car the bare metal. Or, if you got the time, sand your entire car with circular motions. Just be sure to sand your car enough for the paint to adhere to.

4.Use a Primer

Paint and Primer can’t survive without the other. For your paint to be strong and adhere well, priming is the trick that’ll do it. A corrosion resistant and self-etching primer is recommended because this will also fill in scratch area and pits. Allow the primer to cure within the specified time that is required stating in the container.

5.Mask Your Car

This may be the most time-consuming but it is also very important. You don’t want to have paint on other parts of your car, right? Like the mirrors, windshield, door handles, grills and basically other parts you don’t want to have a touch of the paint. Using a masking tape will do the trick!


Make sure to spray paint your car with a distance of at least 6 inches. To avoid any drops or puddling, use a side-to-side sweeping motion. Be sure to apply the paint thinly and in 3-4 different even coats. Allow the paint to dry within the specified time instructed by the manufacturer of the paint you’re using.


Complete your Paint Job by applying a clear coat then buffing all painted surfaces to bring out more shine. You could also add a rubbing compound to give it a glossy finish.

These are the simplest tips and steps you can follow if you want to DIY the paint job of your car. Of course, a little practice is also best when you really want to perfect this. But nevertheless, you could still achieve that dream car paint all on your own!

Make sure you are really careful about what you throw down the drain after cleaning up your car, and using all those chemicals.  Don’t let big chunks of wax go down your drains, and watch out for the sediment that gathers in the bucket you were using.  Sand is not a good thing to go down your drains.  I had to call my close friend who is a plumber who does lots of unclogging work to clean out my garage drain after washing a car that I had at the beach for a week. !!


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