3rd Kind Customz   14522 Auto Park Way C Houston,TX77083   (281) 495-1352
3rd Kind Customz
14522 Auto Park Way C
HoustonTX 77083
 (281) 495-1352

How to Get a Professional Paint Finish on Your Car

How to Get a Professional Paint Finish on Your Car

Maybe your vehicle has been through a few rough patches and has some rust spots, scratched paint, or other small damage. While professional body shops can create some awesome custom auto paint jobs, with careful planning and execution you can do a solid job painting your car. Here is how it's done.  

Reserve Time

If you don't have plenty of time set aside to finish your extensive prep work and painting, you are setting yourself up for failure from the start. Prepping your vehicle is an extremely time-intensive process, and should generally be done inside the garage to keep dust and other contaminants out of your vehicle's paint.

Before you get started, you'll need to rough up the paint and smooth out any scratches so your paint will have a good surface to adhere to. Safety glasses and a face mask are a must, and you'll also need some fine-grit sandpaper, newspapers, masking tape, and air compressor and spray gun, paint and a clear-coat lacquer.

Prep Time

Before you start your custom auto paint job, you'll need a clean space, and we mean a REALLY clean space! Wash down your interior garage or space that you'll be using to get rid of all dust and grit and block entry doors to keep more dust from entering.

Strip That Paint

Sanding is possibly the hardest part of your custom auto paint project, and will take hours of time, energy and attention to detail. If you don't have the time to completely strip your vehicle down to bare metal be sure you get down to at least a clean, even coating of paint with no gloss left. Wipe your ride carefully with paint thinners and a non-fuzzy rag to get rid of all the grit and dust.

How to get an even coat of paint

Prime Time

If you're a painting pro, then you won't need to practice spraying your paint. Otherwise, pick a large piece of cardboard or wood that you can run a few test strokes across to ensure you can coat it evenly without dripping. Add the primer by spraying continuously in a side-to-side motion and be sure to only hold the trigger when you're moving the spray gun or you will end up with thicker paint in certain areas, which nearly guarantees that it will run. Sand again lightly after the primer has dried to get ready for your big finish.

Final Step: Painting

After all the preparation, sanding, priming and sanding again, adding the paint may seem almost anti-climactic. However, getting the top coat on successfully is a true test of your skill as you'll need to apply 3-4 coats, allowing for drying time between each coat. Once all of the paint has been applied, then you'll need to go for the clear coat.

While a DIY paint job is an achievable goal, it takes a good bit of expense, patience, persistence and good old fashioned hard work. If you don't have time for all of these steps, let 3rd Kind Customz work with you to create the ideal custom auto paint for your vehicle! You won't have to lift a finger to get a killer paint job for your ride. Call us today to book an appointment.