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[Mechanic Guide]How to repaint a vehicle.

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How to paint a vehicle.


One of the first things noticed about a car isn't just its make and model -- it’s the paint. Anytime and anywhere, your vehicle's paint job is on display, and its condition and color greatly affect how it’s viewed by others.

Before you begin to collect the necessary materials, you must decide how much of the existing paint needs to be removed. Visually inspect your car's exterior from all sides, looking for imperfections in the paint job. If there are cracks, bubbles, or portions that have peeled, it will be necessary to sand all of the original paint down to the metal before applying a primer sealant. If the existing paint is in relatively good condition and has merely dulled in shine or you want a new color, you will only need to sand off enough to achieve a smooth surface before applying new paint.
Materials Needed:
  • Air compressor
  • Automotive clear coat (optional)
  • Automotive paint
  • Catalyzed glazing putty (if needed)
  • Clean cloth, denatured alcohol (optional)
  • Electric sander (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Moisture separator filter
  • Paint gun
  • Plastic or paper sheets (large)
  • Primer paint (if needed)
  • Sandpaper 
  • Water
  • Safety gear.
Step 1: Prepare workstation. In an area protected from the elements, prepare your workstation. Protect other valuables by covering them in plastic.
*Finley Hawkins opens his locker, reaching for a long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
*Finley Hawkins takes out his enclosed goggles from his locker, putting them on.
*Finley Hawkins reaches inside his chest pocket, taking out his utility gloves from it and wears them.
*Finley Hawkins takes a plastic sheet from his work desk with several tools on top of it.
*Finley Hawkins unfolds the plastic sheet and makes sure to cover his tools with it.
*Finley Hawkins looks around, double checking that everything has been covered.
**Reminder: Prepare your safety gear: eye protection, lung protection, other clothing.**
Step 2: Wet sand old paint. Sand the existing paint down to the desired level, keeping the surface wet with water during the process. While you can do the sanding by hand, it is far quicker to use an electric sander. If you need to sand down to the metal to completely remove the original paint along with any rust that may be present, use a coarse grit of sandpaper first, then repeat the process with a medium grit and finally a fine grit once you have reached the bare metal. If you only need to smooth the existing paint, use only the finest grit to prepare the surface for new paint.


*Finley Hawkins reaches underneath the work desk, taking a respirator mask, adjusting it around his head and covering his mouth and nose with it.
*Finley Hawkins reaches for the sanding machine, taking a medium grit, placing it on the machine.
*I've only noticed a few rust spots on the vehicle so i'm using a medium grit, the more rust the higher you go on the grit and vice versa. (( Finley Hawkins ))
*Finley Hawkins turns on the machine, begins sanding the paint of the vehicle, making sure to reach all spots he is able to with the machine.
*After a little while I would be done doing so. (( Finley Hawkins ))
*Finley Hawkins turns off the sanding machine, placing it back to its original location.
*Finley Hawkins reaches for some sand paper located in his tool kit underneath the desk.
*Finley Hawkins uses the sand paper to remove a bit more painting from around the headlights, near the tires, roof, hood, trunk, going all over the curves.
*Would still be using a medium grit like I used on the sanding machine (( Finley Hawkins ))
*Finley Hawkins throws the sand paper in the trash bin once completed.
**Reminder:  Rust removal can be done by hand, but it’s much easier if you have a sand paper machine at your disposal, warning: Be sure to wear protective goggles to protect your eyes from flying metal and paint dust.**
Step 3: Fill any dents. In the case you have sanded to the metal, fill any dings or dents with catalyzed glazing putty and allow to completely dry. Sand it with a fine grit paper until smooth and then clean the surfaces with denatured alcohol and a clean cloth to remove any oils.
*Finley Hawkins has noticed  two minor dings underneath the door handle.
*Finley Hawkins reaches for a tube of catalyzed glazing putty, twisting it open, pouring a bit on the dings.
*Finley Hawkins takes a small card of plastic, spreading the CGP over the two dings.
*After a litte while the catalyzed glazing would be dry.
*Finley Hawkins takes a little piece of fine grit from his chest pocket, sanding the dings till it is smooth.
*Finley Hawkins throws the sand paper in the trash bin, taking a little bottle of denatured alcohol.
*Finley Hawkins reaches inside his jeans pocket, taking out a little piece of cloth, pouring a bit of the alcohol on it.
*Finley Hawkins starts cleaning the surfaces to remove a bit of oil.
  • *****Use if you need to add primer once you sanded fully to the metal.*****
  • Step 4: Prepare vehicle and apply primer. Remove or cover with masking tape and plastic or paper any parts of your vehicle you do not want to paint, such as bumpers and windows. For paint jobs that required sanding to the metal, you must apply a primer sealant to protect the metal from rust and provide a porous surface as a base for new paint. Many people opt to use spray cans of primer for this stage, although you can also use a paint gun to apply it.
  • Step 5: Allow primer to dry. Regardless of the method you choose to apply the primer, allow it to thoroughly air dry before moving to the next step.
Step 6: Double check protection, clean surfaces: Make sure your masking tape and protectant plastic or paper has not come loose, replacing it if necessary. Clean the surfaces to be painted with acetone on cloth to ensure there is no dust or oily residue.
*Finley Hawkins reaches for some masking tape in his tool kit, begins covering all parts on the vehicle which he doesn't want to paint.
*Finley Hawkins reaches for a few sheets of plastic, covering the windows and tires with it and begins taping them.
*Finley Hawkins takes some small sheets of plastic, covering the mirrors, license plate and headlights, also covering the chrome parts.
*Finley Hawkins throws the tape back inside his tool kit.
*Finley Hawkins reaches for a clean piece of cloth, picking up a bottle of acetone near the desk.
*Finley Hawkins pours a decent amount of acetone on the clean cloth.
*Finley Hawkins begins cleaning the surfaces which needs to be painted.
*Finley Hawkins make sure there is no dust or oily residue left on the vehicle.
*Finley Hawkins places all current tools he is holding back it its original position.
*Finley Hawkins does a double check on all the tapes he has applied, making sure they are secure.
**Reminder: Add primer if you sanded the vehicle fully**
**Reminder: Be sure to cover other parts of the car, including nearby tires, glass**
**Reminder: Make sure the surface is completely free of dust before painting, and completely dry.**
Step 7: Set up your air painting rig. The air compressor connects to the moisture separator filter, which then attaches to the paint gun. Add the automotive paint of your choice after it has been thinned according to the particular brand's instructions.
*Finley Hawkins reaches for the paint gun.
*Everything would be prepared for usage of the paintgun as it was installed (( Finley Hawkins ))
*Finley Hawkins reaches for the desired color the costumer has chosen, adding it in the painting container.
*Finley Hawkins succesfully connects the aircompressor to the moisture seperator filter.
*Finley Hawkins attaches the moisture seperator filter to the paint gun.
Step 8: Spray the surface of your vehicle in smooth, broad strokes. Take your time to ensure every portion is fully covered. Allow the paint to dry.
*Finley Hawkins is fully prepared to begin painting.
*Finley Hawkins sprays the surface of the vehicle.
*Finley Hawkins sprays in smooth, broad strokes, making sure every portion is fully covered.
*After a little while the vehicle whole be fully painted. (( Finley Hawkins ))
*Finley Hawkins has finished painting the vehicle.
Step 9: Clean up. After the paint has fully dried, remove the masking tape and protective coverings you applied in Step 4. Finally, replace any components of your car that you removed, so you can admire your car's newly painted look.
I really hope this helps, i'm going to update/post more about mechanic roleplay in the future, atleast if this guide is appreciated/helpfull.
Your truly,
F Hawkins.

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