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Top Tips For Repainting Your Car

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The summer months are  always a good time to get some outstanding DIY projects competed. If you are a car, truck, or motorcycle lover, like many people out there, maybe one of the things you can do is to give your ride a fresh look. Re-painting will enhance the overall appearance and have your vehicle looking brand new.

However, if you are new to the auto-painting process, there are a number of very important things you need to know before you can start.   There’s lots of information available online including videos showing the different processes that you need to follow or you can ask an experienced member of the IPS Paint Supplies team.

This information will ensure that you don’t make any mistakes when you re-paint your vehicle, enabling  you to make a really good job.

Which Paint Should You Buy?

Knowing which paint to buy is crucial in achieving the outcome you want when changing the colour of your car. While there are numerous types of paints used on cars over the years, these days most car owners and paint professionals prefer urethane or the two-step acrylic enamel paints.

Urethane and acrylic enamel have higher viscosity compared to lacquer, even if they are actually applied in the same way. Usually, a mixture of one part primer to a half or one part thinner is already enough to give you that beautiful colour you were aiming for.

As a result, you will need fewer coats than you would with lacquer paint. Most of the time, two or three coatings of base colour and three topcoats of clear will do the job. If you still have serious doubts about your paint choice, ask a member of staff in the IPS Paint Supplies shop.

Which Spray Gun Should You Use?

Ideally, you should invest in a low-pressure or HVLP spray gun to apply the paint to your car. These spray guns feature tanks located at the top of the mechanism which are more efficient compared to the old spray gun models.

These guns can deliver 80% of the paint to your car’s surface while only needing a line pressure of 10psi for its operation.

Safety and Preparation

Before painting your car, you also need to keep yourself safe at all times.  For example, you will need to buy a complete paint suit to protect your clothing and your body in general from the toxic materials you will be using. To this end, should also wear a respirator equipped with two air filters while you are painting. Pairing all these with gloves, goggles and some type of covering for your head keep your safe when doing this job.

Your work area should also be kept clean at all times, keeping dirt and dust away from the vehicle.

It’s also a good idea, before you start painting, to practice using the spray gun using test panels; you should also make sure that your spray gun is kept clean at all times.

IPS Paint Supplies

All of the products mentioned in this article are available to purchase from IPS Paint Supplies. Please call into our shop in Llansamlet or you can call a member of our team on the number below: