There are a lot of stages to go through in the car manufacturing business and the final parts in the assembly include putting in place the car’s upholstery which comprises the seats, cushions, and covers to give the driver and the passengers a comfortable ride. Along with this process is the installation of electrical and electronic components which include the lighting system, the air conditioning units, the car stereo and most importantly, the light indicators composed of the engine oil, battery level, radiator liquid, signal lights and the high and low beam functions. All of these components will, of course, be useless without the body paint of the car. The color preference of the owner will give the car its beauty, shine, and elegance. It provides the car with its overall appearance that will somehow create the impression from those who will look at it.
Getting and providing the proper supplies
This is the primary step in planning to repaint your car. It will allow you to save and maximize your time in doing the task when everything is ready for application. Body paint jobs may not necessarily be done by professionals in an auto repair shop. With a steady hand and a keen eye on details, you will be capable of doing it on your own.
Properly identifying rust spots and fixing them
A small abrasion or scratch on your car’s paint could lead to minor corrosions that will probably lead to more significant damages if not fixed earlier. Double-checking the sensitive parts of the car’s body will allow you to provide simple solutions in order to prevent wearing and tearing especially on parts that are constantly exposed to extreme heat or cold.
Determining the kind of paint you are going to use
- Enamel paint – is a paint that air-dries to a hard, usually glossy finish, used for coating purposes that are outdoors or otherwise subject to hard wear or variations in temperature. It should not be confused with decorated objects in painted enamel where vitreous enamel is applied with brushes and fired in a kiln.
- Primer – The primer is the first coat to be applied. The primer serves several purposes.
- It serves as a leveler, which is important since the cab often has marks and other forms of the surface defect after being manufactured in the body shop. A smoother surface is created by leveling out these defects and therefore a better final product.
- It protects the vehicle from corrosion, heat differences, bumps, stone-chips, UV-light, etc.
- It improves ease of application by making it easier for paints to stick to the surface. Using a primer, a more varied range of paints can be used.
- Base Coat – The base coat is applied after the primer coat. This coat contains the visual properties of color and effects and is usually the one referred to as the paint. Base coat used in automotive applications is commonly divided into three categories: solid, metallic, and pearlescent pigments.
- Clear coat – Usually sprayed on top of a colored basecoat, clearcoat is a glossy and transparent coating that forms the final interface with the environment. For this reason, the clear coat must be durable enough to resist abrasion and chemically stable enough to withstand UV light. Clearcoat can be either solvent or water-borne.