Has your car seen better days? Do you remember the time that you used to spend hours polishing your car on the weekend? Even your neighbors gave up gossiping about your infatuation for your dream machine. Well those days are but a dull memory. You now look away when approaching your rust bucket; your son asks you to drop him off around the corner in case his friends see the state of your old banger. You would love to upgrade it but the cash flow is an issue and you cannot afford an expensive respray. Well there is a cheaper solution and it's staring you in the face.
Do It Yourself!
You have nothing to lose after all because your car looks like it's on its last legs. Even if the mechanics are in good order, it will be fairly worthless unless you can restore its bodywork.
Equipment and Materials
First of all you will need an electric sprayer; there is no way a standard aerosol tin will do a proper job. You can buy these at your local car maintenance shop or you can hire one just as easily. Also on your shopping list will be plenty of primer paint and the correctly color coded top coat for your car. A bucket and sponge will also be required but you should have these lying around in your garage somewhere.
Preparation Is The Key
It may seem strange, but first you should wash your car and remove all of the dirt and grease that has built up everywhere. The grease can cause serious issues with your new paint bonding to the surface. Use masking tape and newspaper to block off the areas that do not need painting or priming. This includes your windows and door handles.
Use a medium grade sandpaper to remove the rusty layer that will no doubt be apparent. Employ a circular motion and repeat until you have reached the bare metal under the primed area.
It is likely that your car will have some dents as well as the holes caused by rust, use a recommended putty to fill these irregularities. It is imperative that these holes are level with the bare metal surface, use a putty knife to achieve the best results.
Now the surface needs to be primed and you can use a paintbrush for this stage. Allow it sufficient time to dry and ensure the level is still flat.
Using your electrical sprayer you should apply very thin coats of paint and use light and even strokes. Wait for each coat to dry before applying the next coat. Ensure there is no build up of paint because this will result in an unsightly layer.
When your respray looks like the business you need to protect it efficiently using a clear lacquer. This process can be completed using the same actions as applying the paint earlier. Do not apply too many or too thick a coat, one or two are plenty.
Provided you follow these steps carefully you will be able to relive your car's glory days once more!