How to Create a Show-Stopping Look with Spray Metallic Car Paint
Spraying metallic car paint is not for the faint of heart or an amateur. It takes a certain level of skill, patience and knowledge in order to get a showroom quality finish on your car. Luckily, with the right preparation, a few handy tools and the correct technique, you can use spray metallic car paint to transform your car into a beautiful and eye-catching vehicle.
The first step is to make sure you have the correct paint match for your vehicle. Doing some research is the best way to ensure an accurate match. With that said, even if you take all of the necessary steps, getting a perfect match may be difficult and there is still a chance that it won’t match as well as you would like it to.
Once you have your paint, you will need to prep the car beforehand. Washing and drying the car, masking off any areas you don’t want to paint and doing any needed aesthetic repairs is essential. For example, if there are any dents or blemishes then you will need to take the time to repair them before you start painting.
When you’re ready to begin painting, it is best to use a professional spray gun rather than aerosol cans – although aerosol cans are great for covering small areas. Make sure the area you are spraying is well-ventilated and that you have access to a power source.
When it comes to spraying, you will want to hold the gun approximately 10-12 inches away from the car. Start at the bottom of the car and work your way up, ensuring you go over the surface evenly. Once you have finished each section, leave it to dry for at least 12 hours – overnight would be preferable. When you have finished painting the entire vehicle, you should leave it for at least 24 hours before applying a clear lacquer or clear top coat as this will provide a protective and smooth surface to the new paint job.
Finally, it is time to buff the top coat with a buffer machine and compound polish. This will help to smooth out the top paint job and give the car a glossy showroom finish.
Spraying metallic car paint is not a skill to be taken lightly – it is important to thoroughly research before taking on such a task. With patience and practice, it is certainly achievable, however, if you are unsure and would like a professional finish then hiring a painter may be the best option.