Your Guide to Choosing the Right Spray Paint for Your Car

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Your Guide to Choosing the Right Spray Paint for Your Car

Your car performs at its peak, so now you need to spend some time on the bodywork. If you want your car to look as good as it runs, then choose the right car spray paint. With a paint gun, primer, base coat, and top coat, you can give your car a whole new look.


Choosing a Car Spray Primer

Before using spray paint on your car, you need to prepare the surface with a primer. After thoroughly sanding the vehicle, choose a primer based on the surface material and your requirements. Self-etch primer works for bare steel and aluminium surfaces and uses an acid to adhere to the surface. First, apply a bare mist coat and then apply a full coat. Epoxy primer helps to prevent corrosion and works for metal and fibreglass surfaces. It is easy to use and requires no sanding. High-build primer helps to remove imperfections on a surface, but it must be sanded before you add a top coat. Urethane primer offers a strong bond with the surface, but usually needs multiple coats.


Choosing a Car Spray Base Paint

After priming your car, apply the base paint in the colour of your choice. Enamel spray paint contains a softer resin and dries to a glossy finish. Urethane spray paint tends to last longer, but takes more time and effort to apply. Some paints have to be diluted or thinned in order to flow through a spray gun without clogging the device. Single-stage paint dries to a glossy finish, while combination paint dries to a semi-gloss. To shorten the length of the painting process, choose a combination base coat and clear coat. Drivers that want a metallic finish should use combination paint.


Choosing a Car Spray Clear Coat

The final stage in the process is applying a clear coat to protect the base coat from fading and chemical damage. Clear coats come with an activator that helps the material to harden. Some clear coats harden faster than others. Larger cars require a slow hardener because that allows you more time to finish painting the car before the surface starts to set; if the clear coat on one part of the vehicle dries faster than another, it results in a layered look. Acrylic spray paints are water-based and need no extra chemicals, such as hardeners. However, they take longer to dry than urethane-based clear coat paints, which resist chipping and scratching longer than acrylic products.

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