When it comes to car painting, masking tape isn’t just used for covering car bodywork. The sticky material is also an effective way of painting cars without having to actually touch the bare metal surface. Bare metal means you have to get a spray gun and some paint to cover your car and that’s not exactly easy to do. It would definitely be easier if you had a spray gun but that’s not a practical thing to have.
Painting cars is not just a case of touching up a faded auto paint job. It can actually be fun and rewarding to paint your car yourself. It’s also not as difficult as you may think. With masking tape you can easily hide damage and imperfections so you can focus on adding details and giving the car its true beauty. If you can even get a smooth finish off of your vehicle then you’re halfway there! If you use a clear coat, it’s even easier as you don’t have to worry about the paint job looking too shiny and wet.
There are different types of products for covering your car with masking tape. You can opt for paper towels which will leave bare metal exposed. It might sound more practical than having a paint job but unfortunately such film is still inevitable. If you do opt for paper towels, then try to use those that are specially designed for this purpose. These can be rolled to the required size and easily applied to your car.
As far as the type of paint you use, there’s no right or wrong answer. A popular choice is latex paint as it’s easy to use and dries fairly quickly. But if you’re a DIY kind of guy and don’t mind a bit of mess, acrylic paints are great. They’re long lasting and hard wearing but can take the edge off a painted car. The only downside is that they can be messy to work with and may require a touch up after a while.
Once you’ve got down the basics, it’s probably a good idea to cover all of the car’s parts with masking tape. Start by spraying on just a thin layer and let it dry before you apply the next layer. If you’re using primer then it’s a good idea to wait until the paint is completely dry before applying the first coat. Primer can hide all sorts of imperfections in your paint job and also protects the parts covered by it from the elements, like rain and snow. Make sure that the primer you’re using is paint-specific and not just general paint.
As you can see from the quick guide above, car painting is pretty straightforward. You can either hire a professional or do the work yourself. Both have their advantages and disadvantages depending on your personal situation and budget. If you’re looking for cheap quality work, then painting your own car is a great option. Just make sure that you cover your car with masking tape when you’re not doing any work, this will keep dirt and other kinds of damage from contaminating your finished product. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!