When we were at the Eastwood Co. site yesterday looking up pricing and specs on the panel clip removal tools we told you about, we stumbled across some pretty slick tech articles including one on “painting your own car.”
The article suggests you ask a couple of basic questions:
- Do you have a place to prep and paint the vehicle?
- Do you have (or are you willing to purchase) the needed tools to paint a vehicle?
- Will the vehicle be stripped to bare metal or are you going to paint over the existing finish?
- Are you painting the complete vehicle (door jambs, trunk area, underhood, etc.) or only the outside?
- What type of paint do you plan on using? Acrylic Enamel, Urethane, Acrylic Lacquer, Base coat/Clear coat, Water-based, etc.?
- What brand of paint system are you going to use?
They also mention that while in many places it’s illegal to paint your vehicle in a residential area, “you can still strip it down and prep it for the body shop. This is a good way to save money.”
The article goes on to give you a decent (for free) idea of what kind of equipment and skills you’ll need based on your answers to the questions above, and includes links to their products.
If you’re considering doing something like this, we advise you to check out the article, and while you’re at it check out Eastwood Co., which sells pretty much everything mentioned in the article.
Painting Your Own Car [Eastwood Co.]