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How to Customize Car Paint Jobs

    • 1). Decide what type of design and coloring you want. Visit auto shows for inspiration and talk to the owners of cars whose design you may want to emulate to find out what types of paint they used. Auto magazines are another good source of inspiration.

    • 2). Draw a sketch of your car with the new paint job that you want. You can do this by hand or you can use computer software to render the custom paint job. Keep tweaking it until you are completely satisfied with how it looks.

    • 3). Thoroughly wash the car to remove any dirt, grease or debris from the chassis. Contaminants can ruin a paint job. Make sure the car is completely dry and dirt-free upon completion.

    • 4). Apply masking tape and masking paper to areas of the car you do not want affected by the stripping and painting work, such as the windows, tires, inside the doors, etc.

    • 5). Apply stripping chemicals to the car to remove the preexisting wax and paint. Apply wax remover in accordance with the instructions on the container. Once the wax is removed, apply paint stripper to the vehicle by using a brush, then rinse it off after it sets in. Because stripping compounds can be highly corrosive, goggles and gloves should be worn for safety.

    • 6). Re-mask the car for painting. If your initial design is only for the front of the car, mask off the rest with tape and masking paper to make sure the paint doesn't spread.

    • 7). Hire a professional for painting or use painting materials yourself to apply urethane paint mixed with a hardener. This will give your car a durable, glossy finish. After it dries, move on to the next area. You can go back to add detail as needed later. Whether you need to use a sprayer or a brush depends on the size and detail needed for the area you are painting.

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