How to paint your car with aerosol paint

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How to paint your car with aerosol paint
Give your car the perfect finish with aerosol spray paint. (Man_With_No_Name/iStock/Getty Images)

Touching up your car to remove scratches, gouges and rust spots can greatly improve its overall appearance, often restoring it to its original look. Painting your car with aerosol paint can also be a way of artistically renovating your vehicle to greatly enhance it with custom colour choices and striking designs.

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Things you need

  • Paper and pen to sketch
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Sponge
  • Preparation solvent
  • Towel
  • 180-320 grit sandpaper
  • 600-grit sandpaper
  • Car-grade masking tape
  • Plastic parts adhesion promoter
  • Aerosol primer spray paint
  • Coloured aerosol base coat paint
  • Clear aerosol base coat paint

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  1. 1

    Sketch the paint style and colour choices for your car.

  2. 2

    Purchase an aerosol spray paint for cars.

  3. 3

    Clean the area with washing-up liquid, water and a soft sponge.

  4. 4

    Dry the area and use preparation solvent and a towel to remove wax and oil from the surface.

  5. 5

    Use 180-320 grit sandpaper to hand-sand rust, scratches or surface damage. Use 600-grit wet sandpaper to sand the area you will be painting, which should be dull and smooth.

  6. 6

    Use vehicle grade masking tape (2 cm) along adjacent panels to prevent overspray.

  7. 7

    Prime the surface. Use plastic parts adhesion promoter over bare plastic. Use aerosol primer spray paint over clean sanded metal. Paint three or more coats, waiting five to 10 minutes between coats.

  8. 8

    Sand the primer with 600-grit wet sandpaper.

  9. 9

    Use water to clean off sanding dust and then dry the area.

  10. 10

    Spray aerosol base coat paint. Apply as many coats as necessary, waiting five to 10 minutes between each coat.

  11. 11

    Wait 30 minutes and apply a clear coat. Apply three to four coats and wait five to 10 minutes between coats.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a face mask when using any sprays or chemical products involved in the process.

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