How to Prep for a New Paint Job
We understand that the pinnacle of relaxation for some is to work on their own cars−whether it's an oil change or fixing the dent in your passenger side door. And for this reason, we offer our on-site paint booth for the owner wishing to paint his or her own car.
However, before you roll your car into our booth to apply that glorious new color you've been drooling over, there is a significant amount of prep work that must be completed. The staff at Precision Collision is happy to answer your questions and help ensure that your DIY project is an enjoyable event.
Below are a few beginning steps to prep your car for a paint job. The process is long, so please call our knowledgeable staff if you have questions or concerns.
Repair Scratches and Rust Spots
The body of the vehicle needs to be as smooth and flat as possible before you begin painting. View our article on rust for further information on this step. If your car needs professional repair, our skilled mechanics can repair those stubborn spots as you prepare your car to be painted.
Remove Trim and Wash
If you don't wish to transform the coloring of your hood ornament, door handles, antenna, and any other emblems, remove them from the car. Use masking tape to cover taillights. Wash dirt and debris from the vehicle.
Sand and Scuff before Primer
Prior to applying a high quality paint primer to the body of the car, you must first sand and scuff the vehicle so that the primer can easily stick to the car's surface.
In a well-ventilated area and using the appropriate safety gear, spray two to three coats of primer over the vehicle (allowing the primer to dry between coats).