3 Tricks To A Great Paint Job

Most all auto body work is followed up by a paint job. If you are doing some auto body work on your own, you are going to want to make sure that you know not only how to do the auto body work, but how to effectively paint your vehicle as well.

#1 Cover Up Everything You Are Not Painting

Most auto body paint comes in aerosol cans that work like regular spray paint. With spray paint, the spray pattern can be really large, and even a little breeze can carry the paint to unexpected places. That is why you are going to want to make sure that you cover up every part of the vehicle that you don't want to paint.

For example, if you are repainting the door panel, cover up the top of the car, the adjacent door and body panels, and the trunk or hood of your vehicle. You should also cover up your tires and rims.

This may seem excessive, but its easier than dealing with removing paint from somewhere you didn't want it to go.

#2 Work in a Well Ventilated Area

The fumes from vehicle paint can be really strong. In fact, they can be overpowering. You should not use vehicle paint inside of a closed garage. You want to have lots of air circulation going on. If you are working in a garage, make sure that you have the garage door and windows open, and have fans set-up to circulate the air as well.

A well ventilated place will help ensure that you are not overwhelmed by the fumes of painting. Good ventilation will also help the paint on your vehicle dry at a faster rate.

#3 Protect Yourself

Next, you are not going to want to get that paint all over yourself, so make sure that you have on the right protective gear. You are going to want to wear goggles as well as a breathing mask to protect your lungs.

Wear clothing that you don't mind getting paint on. This is a great time to get out old clothing that you don't care about. Or you can purchase a paint suit from a home improvement store to protect your clothing.

Make sure you wear a glove as well. Paint can bubble up and get on you just from holding down the button the paint can. Getting that paint off your fingers and nails can be a pain, so be sure to wear some type of glove as well.

When you repaint your vehicle, make sure that you cover up everything that you don't want to get paint on, even if it doesn't seem too close. Keep in mind that spray paint can really spread out and disperse over a wide area, so the more coverage the better. Protect yourself with goggles, a breathing mask, gloves, and a well-ventilated area. This will help ensure that you stay safe and get the paint where you want it to go.

Contact an auto collision repair service for more help.

About Me

The Fascinating Work Of Auto Body and Paint Mechanics

Have you ever had extensive damage to your car that required a visit to an auto body and paint shop? If you have, you were probably amazed to see how great your vehicle looked after it was repaired. When I was growing up, my family lived across the street from an auto body shop and I would spend a lot of time over there watching the mechanics work on wrecked vehicles. It amazed me how they could transform a beat up vehicle into one that looked like new. My name is Kenneth and even though I'm grown up now, I still have a lot of respect for auto body mechanics. Since I learned a lot about fixing and painting wrecked vehicles as I watched the mechanics work, I wanted to share the information with others who also find this field of work interesting.


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