Have you been looking at your car and thinking about the fact that it just looks dull and drab? Sometimes the climate can affect the paint job and those who live near bodies of salt water know that for a fact. Those who experience tons of snow and ice in the winter also know the damage that salted roads can do to a paint job. For whatever reason, getting a professional paint job on your car can cost an arm and a leg. However, if you are intent on changing the color, there are some things you should consider first.
Going from Dark to Light
When you have a car that is dark, such as a black vehicle, you will need to know right up front that it will be more expensive to change colors because of all the primer and undercoats you will need. In this case, the simple way to change a color might be to only choose colors that are a shade or two lighter. Going from black to navy, for instance is not hard to accomplish but going from black to white is a nightmare for the layman.
Going from Light to Dark
This is one of the easiest color changes to affect and if done right, may not require much more than a sanding and a primer. Primer is important because it works as a substrate that grabs and holds the paint when you apply it. This is why you see some high quality paints clearly labeled ‘primer’ because the formulation is different than a typical auto body paint.
Equipment You Will Need
Of course you know that you can’t just take out a can of paint and a paint brush and expect a great paint job! You should have a decent quality sander used by auto body shops, a paint spray gun and an assortment of different grade sand papers. Also, make sure to have a respirator mask or at least a high quality dust mask because you do not want to be breathing in particulates as you sand and buff the car in preparation for the paint. This video can give you some handy pointers.
Cost Effective DIY Products
You could most likely rent any power equipment you need at your local hardware store but when it comes to the paint you are going to use, where do you go? Make absolutely, 100% certain (this can’t be emphasized enough!) to use only paints formulated for use on vehicles. Those over the counter spray cans that say they can be used on all metal, including cars, are often not acceptable. One product you should look into is called Plasti Dip as it was developed specifically for use on vehicles.
One thing you may want to consider is whether or not your car really, really needs a totally new paint job. If you are simply tired of the color and just want a whole new look that is one thing. On the other hand, if you are looking at spots that are marring the appeal of your vehicle, why not just use commercial quality auto paint like mentioned above to touch up those areas? Most come in standard colors and can be matched quite easily. Just know that affecting an entire new paint job will take time, money and a labor of love, so prepare yourself well and have everything you need on hand before you start.