If your car has been in an accident or has significant scratches or dents, it may need to be repainted. In some cases, you may be able to get away with just having a portion of the car repainted. But if the damage is extensive, then you will likely need to have the entire car painted.

Before you attempt to paint your car yourself, make sure you are aware of what the process takes to be done well. For instance, weather conditions and the type of car can impact the painting process. For example, if it’s too cold or humid, the paint won’t dry properly. And if you have an older car with a lot of nicks and scratches, the process will be different than painting a newer car. That’s why it’s important to consult with a professional mechanic before repainting your car.

To help you understand the repainting process, we’ve put together the steps that professional mechanics take when applying a new paint job. Keep reading to learn how mechanics get the job done and have your car looking like-new.

Step 1: Sand Down Existing Paint

The first step in repainting a car is to sand down the existing paint. This is done to create a smooth surface for the new paint to adhere to. 

Step 2: Apply Primer Coat

The next step is to apply a primer coat. This helps the new paint stick to the car and also provides a nice, even base color. 

Step 3: Apply New Paint

After the primer coat dries, mechanics apply new paint with a spray gun. Different types of spray guns and paint colors can create different results. For example, a matte black paint job will have a different look than a glossy red paint job. It’s important to discuss your desired look with your mechanic before they begin painting. 

Step 4: Apply Clear Coat

Once the new paint is dry, the mechanic will apply a clear coat. This helps protect the new paint and gives it a nice shine. 

Step 5: Ensure Paint Is Dry

It’s important to let the car dry completely before driving it after it’s been painted. If you drive the car too soon, you could damage the new paint job. Wait at least 24 hours before driving the car to give the paint time to set and dry properly.

That’s it! 

The process of repainting a car is pretty simple when you break it down. If you need your car repainted in Reno or Sparks, Nevada, give the professional mechanics at Liberty Collision a call at (775) 329-3368.

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