We remove chrome or plastic trim on the vehicle, as it can be difficult to mask during the painting process. Removing door handles, mirrors, headlights, etc. can also make the masking process easier.
Trim pad remover, panel tools, heat gun, screw drivers
In this step, we use hammers and dollies to repair the dents and return the car body to its original shape. We then use body filler and an orbital sander to smooth out the car body for a smooth finish.
Hammers, dolleys, pin dent pulling machine, orbital sander, body filler / putty
To sand the car down to the bare metal, we will be using an orbital sander. This tool allows for quick and efficient removal of the car's paint. This step can take several hours to complete, but it is crucial to ensure a smooth final paint finish.
After sanding, it is important to clean the car's body to remove any dust and debris. To do this, we will use a wet cloth to wipe down the car's surface. We will then use a degreaser to clean away any oil or grease on the car's bare metal.
Once the car is clean and degreased, we will move it into a spray booth. In this step, we will mask off any parts of the car that will not be painted. This can include the headlights, car windows, and other areas, using masking tape, plastic sheeting, and newspaper.
Masking tape, plastic sheeting, newspaper
Here we apply 2 - 3 coats of paint primer, allowing about 20 min – 1 hour time between each coat of primer to cure. Between each coat, we sand out any rough spots or blemishes.
Spray gun, spray booth, paint primer, fine grit sandpaper, cloth
Once we apply the paint primer, we wait an hour or two to allow the primer to cure. Curing times vary so it is best to look at manufacturer recommendations.
We use a very fine grit of sandpaper to sand out any blemishes or rough spots. We sand the primer lightly with a very fine grit of sandpaper.
Fine grit sandpaper
Here we give the car a quick wipe with a degreaser to ensure no dust or oil is on the primer. This is the final step of preparation before painting.
At this stage, the car is ready for painting. Here we apply 3 - 4 coats of paint, allowing about 20 - 30 minutes of drying time between each coat.
Spray gun, spray booth, car paint
Once the final coat of paint has been applied and dried, we look for any blemishes and will sand it down with a super fine grit of sandpaper and wipe it down.
fine grit sandpaper
We will apply a clear lacquer coat 1 - 2 times ensuring every part is covered so that the paint is fully protected.
Spray gun, spray booth, clear coat
At the final stage, we buff your car using an orbital buffing machine to give your car's paint job a nice and shiny mirror-like finish.
Buffing machine, polish