Every once in a while a car owner decides to restore his old jalopy into the beautiful automobile it once was. You can accomplish the initial stripping of the trim work and sanding of the old worn out paint quite easily in your own driveway. You can also fill rust holes and pound out dents at home. However, when it comes time to lay down the primer and finishing coats of brilliant new paint, some do-it-yourself types are a bit confused.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Phone book
Locate a paint booth. Many paint booth rentals are listed in the phone book or on the Internet. Look in your area for a spray booth that fits your needs. Most rentals will include the safety suit and mask, various stands and racks to place smaller pieces on, and primer and finish paint guns. If you have a question on whether or not something is included, ask. It is better to ask than to be surprised upon arrival at the spray booth. For example: Do you need a booth which will allow you to air dry the paint or do you need to bake the paint on?
Decide how long you will need the booth. Most spray booths are rented by the hour or by the job (up to a maximum amount of time--typically eight hours). Also decide what accessories you will need. For example, if painting an entire vehicle, will you require a rotisserie? These are typically available at an extra cost.
Reserve the booth. Many booths can be reserved over the phone or on the Internet with a credit card. After you have secured your spray booth, simply show up on the day and time agreed upon and begin your paint job. Upon completion of spraying your vehicle, allow it to remain inside the booth for as long as you are allowed. This will allow the new paint to cure prior to being exposed to the elements (sun, rain, etc.)
Tips and warnings
- If you are renting the booth, at the end of the day ask if you can leave your car in the booth overnight. This will allow the paint to cure the maximum amount before taking it out of the spray booth.
- Never rent a spray booth that does not offer a protective suit. You could become ill if painting without a suit.
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