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Whether you are making a small fix to your car's paint job or planning to take on the entire thing, some research always helps. This is a guide about painting a car.
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May 5, 20050 found this helpful

What kind of spray paint can I use on my car to cover up permanant marker and also make my car shine? It is old so I don't care too much but my car was written on with a permanant marker, not just in one place either, all over it. It also has bright pink spray paint on the roof of the car and on two wheels. I want to cover it up asap.

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May 6, 20050 found this helpful

In the automotice section of stores are little bottles of 'touch up' paint. You could get several bottles of one that matches your car.

Since cars are metal, you might consider using the type of spray paint that resists rust; I forget the name brand. Here, that was sprayed onto a *very* rusty old wheelbarrow; it covered everything and still looks good about 8 yrs later.

My mom, years ago, decided to paint her car but instead of taking it to a professional, she did it herself. Now, she used a brush and regular paint, glossy black. You could see the brush strokes and it looked odd but she didn't care.

Back in the 60s when 'hippies' repainted their vehicles w/flowers and stuff, ordinary outdoor paint was used. Since the hood part gets very hot, you have to put on several coats.

There is now spray paint for plastic outdoor furniture. It's tenacity might be ideal for your purposes; it's not supposed to flake or peel. I've seen it in the regular paint dept at WalMart.

My ancient truck needs repainting but that will have to wait awhile. Then, I'll do it myself.

For later when the budget is better you might consider what a work friend did: he had his repainted with *airplane* paint. He explained that it's made for long-lasting results. This is an interest of mine.

Like the professionals do, all we'd need is a spray gun, after taping up everything we don't want painted. After that, keep it away from dust until it dries; that's all there is to it. I know two mechanics who paint cars. Some mechanics will pay a car dealership $100 to use their 'paint room lights' to dry the paint in an hour, however not all of them do that. The ones who want to keep that $100 for profit will just park the car inside a garage until it's dry. Thought you'd like to know.

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May 6, 20050 found this helpful

In the automotice section of stores are little bottles of 'touch up' paint. You could get several bottles of one that matches your car.

Since cars are metal, you might consider using the type of spray paint that resists rust; I forget the name brand. Here, that was sprayed onto a *very* rusty old wheelbarrow; it covered everything and still looks good about 8 yrs later.

My mom, years ago, decided to paint her car but instead of taking it to a professional, she did it herself. Now, she used a brush and regular paint, glossy black. You could see the brush strokes and it looked odd but she didn't care.

Back in the 60s when 'hippies' repainted their vehicles w/flowers and stuff, ordinary outdoor paint was used. Since the hood part gets very hot, you have to put on several coats.

There is now spray paint for plastic outdoor furniture. It's tenacity might be ideal for your purposes; it's not supposed to flake or peel. I've seen it in the regular paint dept at WalMart.

My ancient truck needs repainting but that will have to wait awhile. Then, I'll do it myself.

For later when the budget is better you might consider what a work friend did: he had his repainted with *airplane* paint. He explained that it's made for long-lasting results. This is an interest of mine.

Like the professionals do, all we'd need is a spray gun, after taping up everything we don't want painted. After that, keep it away from dust until it dries; that's all there is to it. I know two mechanics who paint cars. Some mechanics will pay a car dealership $100 to use their 'paint room lights' to dry the paint in an hour, however not all of them do that. The ones who want to keep that $100 for profit will just park the car inside a garage until it's dry. Thought you'd like to know.

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May 24, 20050 found this helpful

I've painted cars with spray cans of paint. I had a 1974 full-size GMC window van that was colored gold (and rust). I masked the windows and went through about 14 cans of spray paint. I used the good stuff, Krylon (refrigerator white) on the sides. I painted myself into a corner on the roof because I used Rustoleum on the roof and it took a LOT longer to drive. Don't buy the cheapest spray paint. Those have more propellant than paint in them.

Also, don't spray paint your car where the overspray can get on other vehicles.

An alternate idea is to just use gray or black primer spray paint. It will be cheaper than using the good spray paint.

I've seen pictures where motorcyclists have a urethane-style pickup truck bedliner material sprayed onto the tanks and fenders of their bikes. It's really durable and if you have it done in black, just touch-up marks with a permanent marker. See http://www.ratbike.org .

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June 3, 20050 found this helpful

ANY ONE CAN I BUY PAINT FROM B&Q FOR MY CAR AND IF SO WHICH TYPE OF PAINT SHOULD I BUY PLZ HELP

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March 27, 20080 found this helpful

Can I know the price of the spray paint that anyone of you all said?

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April 28, 20080 found this helpful

WOW I WAS JUST ABOUT TO TAKE MY CAR TO BE PAINTED BY A PROFESSIONAL TO COVER UP VANDAL KEY SCRATCHES BEFORE I SELL IT. THIS WHOLE SPRAY PAINTING OF CARS CONCEPT IS NEW TO ME AND SOUNDS LIKE A REMARKABLE AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE. HOW PERMANENT IS THE PAINT? WILL IT WASH AWAY AFTER A FEW THUNDER STORMS?

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May 12, 20080 found this helpful

This site is so cool. I'd love to spray paint me car and this site has helped me a lot. Cheers

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November 21, 20080 found this helpful

I'm going to be re-painting my car over the winter using spray paint. I've done this before with mowers and turf maintenance equipment at a golf course, and you could not tell the difference between a factory paint job and our impromtu paint job...it looked great. My car has some dings and small rust spots, so I'll sand, bondo, and prime those areas to prepare them. Then I'll tape off and cover all the exterior trim, windows, mirrors, and my wheels and paint the car one panel at a time using Krylon. If it goes like my previous experiences, it will look pretty nice and save a ton vs. a professional paint job. I'm also planning on going over the final product with a clearcoat protectant, which you can also buy.

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March 10, 2010

How do I paint my car?

By Apigo from Manila, PHI

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