How to Mix Base Coat Car Paint

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How to Mix Base Coat Car Paint
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One important step in the lengthy process it takes to successfully paint a car is mixing the base coat of car paint. Mix the base coat wrong and you will end up with a flaking, peeling paint job in a very short time. Mix it correctly and your paint job can last years. Learn the correct way of how to mix base coat car paint and add a quality paint job to your car.

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Things you need

  • Base coat paint
  • Reducer/thinner
  • 2 Measuring cups
  • Paint stir sticks
  • Paint gun

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  1. 1

    Place the clean measuring cups on a flat surface. Pour the desired amount of base coat car paint into one of the cups.

  2. 2

    Pour the reducer into the other clean measuring cup, measuring to make sure the reducer amount is one-quarter of the amount of base coat car paint. Most base coat car paints are mixed at a ratio of four parts paint and one part reducer.

  3. 3

    Mix the paint with the reducer and stir very well with the stir stick. Pour the mixture into the can of the paint gun.

Tips and warnings

  • Read the directions on the label of the base coat car paint to make sure it doesn't require a special mixture ratio.
  • Paint fumes are toxic and should always be handled in a well-ventilated area.

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