Originally Posted by ramankanythia
Dear all friends
I need to take decision about painting of car
i want to paint it my self if any one can guide me about paining job
pls specify amount of paint needed primer needed and solvent (thinner) required, ratio of paint ,thinner and primer, no. of coats,clear coat etc
i have arranged compressor and gun for same
what else is needed plz guide me
Hi Raman Kanythia
Various types of exterior car paint that are available in market. Achieving the perfect car paint finish usually involves several different types of paint or finish to ensure proper bonding of the paint to the metal surface of the vehicle and to create a glossy shine that is attractive. In order to help you the types of paint that are needed for a vehicle, here is a list of the most common types that are used. Prep or Undercoat Finishes
: Prep finishes are usually referred to a primers. Car paint primers are usually available in either grey or black and are used to 'prime' the surface of the vehicle and make it ready for painting. Primer is designed to help car paint better adhere to the vehicle by creating a binding layer that can bond to paint easier and more consistently than bare metal. A spray paint primer also helps to keep moisture away from the bare metal surface which can cause oxidation and rust. Base Coat Paints
: Generally speaking, the base coat on a vehicle is the actual colour paint for the vehicle. It does not usually contain any strengthens or hardeners and is not glossy. Base coats almost always need to be used with some sort of clear coat or urethane base coat in order to stay protected from the elements and to shine. Because using two coats (a base coat and a clear coat) usually creates a better shine and offers more protection to the surface of the vehicle. Acrylic Lacquers
: Although this type of paint has been discontinued by most manufacturers, it is still very popular for owners of antique or classic cars. Clear Coat Finishes
: Clear coat paint, or a clear coat finish as it is commonly referred to, is actually just paint that does not contain any pigment or colour. These types of paints usually also include UV inhibitors that help to prevent ultraviolet sun rays produced by the sun from fading the colour of your vehicle. Specialty Paints
: In addition to the above mentioned types of car paint, there are also other types of specialty paints. For example, some owners of older cars preferred to use an acrylic enamel paint which is also called a one stage paint. It differs from the types of plates used in modern day paint jobs as it requires only a single application, and not a base coat and a clear coat covering finish.
There are also other specialty paints such as metallic finish paints or chameleon paints that provide an illusion of sparkling or changing colours. There are many other types of specialty paints that a professional paint shop may be able to recommend to you. Comes to your point How to Paint Your Car
Water and Cloth
Clear Coat Paint Procedure
The first thing that you need to do, even before starting the painting procedure, is to wash your car properly. This will help remove the slightest speck of dust from the car and ensure proper finish of paint.
In case you have grease or any other stubborn stains on the car, get rid of them by making use of wax/grease remover. Other options comprise of liquid charcoal starter and mineral spirits.
Now is the time to smoothen out the exteriors of your car. You can make use of sandpaper and rub them on the rough areas.
All the static should be removed from the body of the car, to make sure that it does not attract any more dust.
You can achieve this by joining the chassis frame under the car with any grounded object, with the help of a wire.
Before you start painting the car, wipe it with a clean, fresh cloth. This is to make sure that the car is completely dry before painting.
Those parts of the car that you do not want to paint should be covered with masking tape.
If there are any patches on the car, even them out by using good quality body putty.
Next, apply the primer on the car. While applying it, be sure that it is even throughout the surface of the car.
Using the sandpaper, scrub the primer carefully. Continue doing this till you get an even outer surface.
Apply the urethane-based paint on the car, for color. For the base coat, make use of a spray gun.
After applying the base coat, let the car dry for ten to fifteen minutes.
Apply the final coat of the paint and thereafter, let it dry for thirty to ninety minutes.
After the colour paint has dried completely, apply three clear coats. Make sure to keep at least fifteen minutes gap between two consecutive applications.
About quantity of paint needed a good paint dealer can guide you properly. I think the above points may help you.