How to blend auto paint

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How to blend auto paint

Accidents happen easily with vehicles. The resulting damage will eventually require you to have bodywork done on your car if you want it to look good. After the bodywork is completed, there will be a blank piece of steel, plastic or bondo where the damage was repaired. If you don't want this blank panel to forever proclaim your accident, you'll need to learn how to blend auto paint into your car's colour. The original colour will be nearly impossible to match perfectly, but with the proper steps, you can make the paint colours look almost identical.

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Things you need

  • Your car's acrylic enamel paint colour
  • 100 per cent blending solvent
  • Clear coat paint
  • Towels
  • Plastic car paint cover
  • Masking tape
  • Steel wool pad
  • Air paint gun
  • Paint thinner
  • Paint booth
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Respirator mask
  • Hat or shower cap

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    Blending Auto Paint

  1. 1

    Note your vehicle make, model, colour and year. Go to your local auto repair store and buy a can of acrylic enamel paint for the exact colour of your car, a can of 100 per cent blending solvent and a can of car clear coat.

  2. 2

    Park your vehicle in a sealed garage or paint booth.

  3. 3

    Clean around the new panel to be painted with a damp rag. Dry the area completely.

  4. 4

    Circularly scrub the complete area to be painted with a steel wool pad. Wipe off any dust with a towel once you are done.

  5. 5

    Cover your car completely with a plastic car paint cover. Once the cover is in place, cut out a hole in the cover just a few centimetres bigger than the panel that is to be painted.

  6. 6

    Carefully tape the cover around the edge of the new panel to be painted so only the new panel is exposed and the rest of the vehicle is covered.

  7. 7

    Read the instructions on the auto paint can describing how to mix the paint with paint thinner to reach the proper consistency for a paint gun. Fill the paint holder on an air paint gun with the mix.

  8. 8

    Adjust the air pressure on the gun to around 15 to 20 psi. Use quick back and forth sprays to thinly coat the panel with the new paint. Wait 15 minutes and repeat until there is sufficient coverage on the panel.

  9. 9

    Open your paint gun can and make sure that it is only a quarter full. Fill the can with the 100 per cent blending solvent that you purchased with your car paint colour. Once your first coats are dry (approximately 15 minutes), use this blending solvent--paint mix to coat the panel one more time. Use quick back and forth sprays to coat the entire panel.

  10. 10

    Clean your paint gun completely with paint thinner. Read the instructions for the car clear coat paint and pour it in your paint gun. Apply three thin coats to the panel every 15 minutes.

  11. 11

    Allow the panel to dry sufficiently. Remove the plastic car paint cover.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear goggles, a respirator mask, gloves and a hat or shower cap to protect yourself from paint overspray.

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