How to Paint a Car in Home

How to Paint a Car in Home

If your car’s paint is looking soiled and blurred or you're quite just searching for a change of color, a DIY car paint job could save your thousands of dollars. Great preparation work and being systematic in your approach will have your car looking like new in no time. Follow our instructions below for a quick briefing on how to paint your car in home.

Things You Need To Do

Painting your car is a time-consuming job, so put aside a few days or couple of weekends. It's best to utilize a shed to evade the elements, yet it should be possible outside-weather allowing and utilizing certain precautions.

You'll require plenty of grit wet and dry sandpaper, an electric or air-powered sander, covering tape, newspapers for masking off, a buffer, face masks, safety glasses, undercoat, primer spray, and touch spray paint.


Clean your working area to expel dust. In case you're spraying outside, wash the area down and make sure that you're not painting underneath trees or whatever else that will drop contaminants onto the wet paint. At that point wash the car down and clean the surface of any dirt, grease or road grime. Also cover the areas that are not to be painted. For an example: cover the windshield as you do want to paint it.


Begin from sanding away utilizing circular motions. You may need to sand corners and crevices by hand. The best finish is accomplished by sanding the whole car back to bare metal with a splendidly smooth finish. Simply ensure you get a smooth, even surface by finishing the last part with a fine-grade wet-and-dry sandpaper.

Wipe the whole surface down with a clean rag and thinners to remove dust and wait until residue from the thinners evaporates totally before proceeding.

Additional Tips: Professionals recommend to remove rust. Thus, you should remove the same. You can use sanding paper to take off the rust from the body of your car. Removing existing paint is tedious as well as full of hassle. You could use any metal paint stripper to take off existing paint.

Apply Primer First

Make sure two important things before your priming; one is areas are covered that you would prefer not to paint utilizing masking tape and newspaper or plastic sheeting, second is area to be painted is free of dust and dirt. Take the time to do this job well to maintain a strategic distance from unsightly overspray.

Use Rust-Oleum 2-IN-1 Primer Spray to prime the surface. Spray in a side-to-side sweeping motion. This spray fills in minor imperfections in the surface and enhances topcoat adhesion and appearance. Apply the primer in thin and even coats. It will take several coats to cover the surface totally. Use the suggested drying times as specified on the primer car instructions between coats.

NOTE: Remember, you need to sand the surface lightly once primer is dried.

Now it’s Time to Paint

After applying the primer, apply the Rust-Oleum Car/Bike Touchup Spray Paint utilizing similar procedures. Rust-Oleum touch up paints offer phenomenal color retention.

Apply several coats utilizing the suggested drying time indicated on the paint instructions between coats. It is really important to maintain the distance between cane and surface for even coats.

NOTE: Check these tips to know the ideal way of using aerosol cans.

With some practice, a methodical approach, and determination, a DIY car paint job is achievable. The satisfaction you get from doing it yourself is well worth the effort, and the money you will save will surprise you.

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