How to Get My Car Resprayed

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How to Get My Car Resprayed
Respraying your car can return it to showroom condition. (a car in a car show image by Gary from

If just part of your car needs respraying you can save yourself a fortune by doing the job yourself. While a full respray is probably best undertaken by a professional, a smaller job is easier to do by yourself. All you need is the right place to do the job, some supplies and a couple of days. For larger areas you might want to rent a spray gun, but for smaller ones a can will be adequate.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Matching paint colour
  • Primer
  • Lacquer coat
  • Auto body filler
  • Abrasive paper
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape

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    Hiring a professional

  1. 1

    Ask family and friends if they know the name of a reliable professional to respray your car for you. You need to make sure that the person doing the job for you has a reputation for doing a good job at a reasonable price. You should confirm that price before the job is started and find out how long it is going to take.

  2. 2

    Find a colour that matches the one you will be respraying if you are respraying the car or a section of the car yourself. There will be a sample of the colour somewhere in the car possibly under the bonnet or in the jamb of the drivers door. The sample will be in the form of a small plaque that states the name of the colour as well as its code. Your owner's manual will tell you exactly where to find it. Take this information along with you to the auto spare shop to get an exact match. If you can't find a match there, you should be able to get one from you dealership. You will also need to buy a can of primer and lacquer layer that will match the colour you are spraying.

  3. 3

    Use an auto filling compound to fill in any dents, and leave the compound to dry for as long as the instructions state. You can buy the compound from any auto spare shop. When the filler is dry, rub it gently with abrasive paper until it is smooth. Use more abrasive paper to remove any areas of rust that are on the section of car that is being resprayed. Look at the repaired area carefully from several different angles to make sure that the area is perfectly smooth.

  4. 4

    Remove any debris left from the filling and sanding process by rubbing with a clean dry cloth. The area must be dust-free before you respray it.

  5. 5

    Mark the area around the one that you are going to spray with newspaper and masking tape. Be careful to cover up any tires or trim that could be caught by any paint going outside the area that you are respraying

  6. 6

    Apply several layers of primer to the area that is going to be resprayed. The primer is essential for the paint to adhere properly to the vehicle surface.

  7. 7

    Apply the paint in thin layers, allowing it to dry between coats. The paint has to be applied in this way because thick layers can result in the paint running. You should allow 15 to 20 minutes between coats. Leave overnight to dry completely before applying the final lacquer coat.

  8. 8

    Apply the final lacquer in several thin coats, like you did with the primer and the paint. As the lacquer is harder than the paint, it provides a protective layer.

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