The world of car modification is always an exciting one to follow. In today’s digital age, there is no limit to what you can actually do when it comes to modifying a car. You can, for example, 3D-print your own custom bodywork and components in a matter of hours, which means you can create your own body kit using any 3D modeling app.
The same is true with paint jobs. Repainting a car is one of the easiest – and most rewarding – way to modify its look. You can even add your own custom artwork, patterns, and other elements to the car’s paint job. Before you do, however, here are some of the things you need to know first.
Get the Design Right
The beauty about customizing the paint job of a car today is that you can start with a digital design. Software like Photoshop and Illustrator are perfect for designing custom artwork and patterns for your car.
Take a picture of the actual car and begin modifying its colour. Start adding lines or artworks as you see fit and render the final image to use as a guide for the actual painting process. The whole process takes no more than a few hours to complete.
Preparation is Key
Painting is 80% preparation and 20% painting. Prepare to spend more time getting the car ready for the paint booth instead of actually laying coats after coats of paint. Any imperfection you bring to the paint booth will appear after the new coat is applied.
Cutting, sanding, and cleaning are the three things you need to do before repainting your car. Sanding allows the new paint to stick to the car’s body perfectly. Cleaning, on the other hand, prevents dust from the sanded old paint from ruining the new paint job.
Keep It Dry
Speaking of things that can ruin the new paint job, water vapor and oil must also be avoided. Unfortunately, traditional paint booths are often humid and filled with water vapor after a painting session. This is because the compressed air carries a lot of water vapor from the beginning.
Make sure the paint booth you use is equipped with Super Dry’s desiccant air dryers for the best results. The air dryers are there to take water vapor and other substances out of the equation, leaving you with the perfect finish.
Finishing is Also Key
The last part of the process is finishing. Adding a few layers of clear coat alone is not enough. You want to wait for the clear coat to fully dry and take a few passes on the new paint job using a polishing compound.
Take this finishing process into account when painting the car as well. It is always better to add some extra layers of paint and clear coat so that you can polish the finished paint job to perfection. You will end up with a gloss finish that takes your car to the next level.
With these tips and tricks in mind, applying even the most extravagant colour scheme and artworks will not be a problem. You can turn your ordinary car into a work of art with the right paint job.