You can be very successful at painting your car, provided you have a good plan, the proper budget and the time. In addition to all of this you will most certainly need the right tools and equipment. Oh yes, and you will need a proper work area.
Often inexperienced individuals feel that all they need to paint their vehicles, is a few cans of automobile paint, and that’s it. It doesn’t work that way, and if it did then there would be a lot of car painters out of business.
Tools and equipment to paint your car are not a huge expense, but you do need them.
To begin with you will need a good car wash detergent and a degreaser. The car must be perfectly clean before you start.
A variety of grits of sandpaper. Most likely there are going to be some rough spots that you will need to smooth out.
Putty and a putty knife. Almost every vehicle suffers from those nasty pits that flying stones cause. This is often one of the reasons to prompt you to paint the vehicle in the first place.
Masking tape and paper to cover the areas that you don’t want to get paint on. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are good enough with a spray can so you can eliminate this step. One small gust of wind is all it takes to spot the chrome with overflow paint.
Now you are getting closer to really getting down to starting. You will need the primer. How much you need depends on the amount of sanding and filling you had to do.
The paints of your choice. What colors and brands you are going to use is the decision you need to make here.
One of the most important items is the top coat. You really need to protect that beautiful paint job once you are complete.
These are some of the tools and equipment plus product you will need to do your job effectively. There are a few items that we need to talk about a little more in depth. For example, how are you going to apply your paint? You may have opted to go with the aerosol spray paints. In this case you will not require much more to apply the paint. In the case that you have decided to purchase paints that require a spray gun, then you must include this in your tools and equipment list.
Another item under tools and equipment although optional is an electric sander. If you have lots of sanding to do then really consider either renting or borrowing one of these if you do not own them. It can save you a lot of time and comfort as well.
Remember it is important that you clean all of your tools and equipment properly once you have completed the job. Many of the items are not all that cheap and you never know when your next paint job will come up.