Auto Body Repair: Paint Techniques, Tips and Tricks
Auto body repair paint takes a lot of skill for it to be done properly. There are many steps involved when doing an auto body repair. It is extremely important you take the time to study and familiarize yourself with the different how-to’s. However, there are several tricks of the trade you can learn to help you with an auto body repair job.
- Auto Body Preparation: The first step to a good auto body paint and repair job is to do a thorough job of preparing the car body. In the long run, a good prep before any auto body repair will make it easier for you to do the job right. First, clean the auto body part where damage was done thoroughly. Also, sanding the car down to at least the level of its original paint provides a greater surface to build on.
- Removing the Trims: To make your auto body repair painting easier, it is important you remove all the trims around and over the areas where you will be painting. For an exterior paint job, this means removing the bumper, mirrors and grilles.
- Vehicle Color Code: If you prefer to have the original color of you car after an auto body repair, all you need to do is look for the vehicle color code of your car. The vehicle color code is a code used by manufacturers to describe the mix of colors used in a car. Looking for the vehicle color is the best way to find the exact match of color for your car.
- Masking the Vehicle: Masking is probably one of the most important steps when working with auto body repair paint. This step helps to have a finish look to the paint job without any overspray. Masking is a step used to prepare the car for primer or filler coats. Make sure that you mask off the areas where painting will not be done. Use a weather strip material or weather strip tape to seal the joints between body panels. This is done to prevent the paint from entering these areas. You can use a plastic knife to push the masking tape under hard to reach areas like around the windshield or window moldings. Also mask off the wheel wells and tires as well.
- Getting an Even Color Painting: If you are using a spray gun and you want to get an even color paint on your auto body, pull the trigger before you get to the area to be painted. When you are past the area to be painted then this is the time you stop or release the trigger.
- Use a Guide Coat: Aside from putting in several coats of primer/filler, another trick to having a smooth body paint look is using a guide coat. A guide coat is a thin sparse coat of a contrasting color of primer/filler applied on top the last coat of primer/filler. The guide coat also helps determine which areas on the auto body is flat, smooth, free of any scratches and sanded. You can use the guide coat on body fillers and primers as well as on top coats.