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What steps are required to paint a car?

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Steps required to paint a car include knowing the local government's legalities regarding car painting, cleaning the vehicle, sanding it to remove imperfections, applying a coat of primer, and spraying a suitable paint. Wearing safety gear when applying the primer and paint, and covering those areas of the vehicle that are not to be painted are also necessary.

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Local governments may impose restrictions with respect to the type of car paint that can be used and the place where car painting is permitted. Get to know the details regarding these to avoid breaking any regulations.

Begin painting the car by cleaning the garage and covering various items in it using a tarp. Ensure that the place is well-ventilated. To clean the car, wash it thoroughly. Remove grime and dirt on the vehicle using a grease remover. Use a 400-grit sandpaper to sand the car's surface to remove any scratches, blemishes and dents. Apply rubbing alcohol over the car's panels with a rag.

Use masking tape meant for car painting to cover all those areas of the vehicle that are not to be painted such as the windows and wheels. Wear a paint suit, gloves, respirator and goggles.

Apply an epoxy primer and then a sealer primer on the car's body. With a spray gun held a minimum of 6 inches away from the vehicle, apply the first paint coat using light strokes that overlap. Use an acrylic, water-based or urethane car paint depending on the final look desired, the local laws and the car type.

Let the first paint coat dry for about six to eight hours, and then apply a second coat to give the vehicle a finished look.

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