How to Remove Paint Scuffs On Your Car (Paint Transfer)
How to Remove Paint From a Car Exterior
Painting a car begins with removing existing paint from the surface, which can be a messy process. Paint stripping and media blasting can be messy and expensive and may still leave old paint on the car. You can learn how to remove paint from a car exterior without leaving old paint behind or breaking the bank.
Park the car on top of a large tarp or drop cloth to contain the old paint.The old paint should be disposed of instead of letting it contaminate the ground. If an open area is not available, park the car inside a garage, but open all of the garage's windows and doors for ventilation. Cover objects inside the garage to protect them from the paint dust.
Use masking tape to cover the areas of the car that won't be sanded.Apply several layers of masking tape to chrome trim or other exterior accessories so the sandpaper doesn't scratch them. The weather stripping, tail lights, and headlights should also be covered.
Place a disk of 80-grit sandpaper onto a dual-action sander.Place the sander on the surface of the car, and turn it on. The sander vibrates constantly and moves around very quickly in small circles. Keep the sander moving back and forth along the length of the vehicle to remove old paint. Moving the sander up and down can actually create imperfections in the finished paint.
Sand the top of the car, beginning at the roof and moving to the hood, fenders, doors, trunk, and rear fenders.Keep the sander moving so the sheet metal on the car doesn't heat up enough to warp, which can happen if the sander is held in one place longer than several seconds.
Work the sander against the car, and work on 1 panel at a time until the bare metal is showing.Change the sandpaper disk after each large panel so that the paper is not too smooth. Once finished, turn off the sander.
Remove the sander from the air compressor, and use the open end of the air compressor hose to blow the dust off of the car.Blow the paint dust out of crevices and openings such as around the bumper and below the windshield. Start at the roof and work down to the bottom of the car.
- If you are leaving the bare metal exposed for more than 2 days, apply a self-etching primer to the metal to protect it from moisture in the air, which can cause the surface to rust within days. Self-etching primer can be applied from a spray can or from an automotive spray gun for better coverage and protection.
- Never use any process to strip paint without wearing protective gear. A painter's respirator mask, long clothing that covers all skin, gloves, and safety goggles are needed to prevent exposure to the toxic fumes and flakes of paint that can damage your skin and lungs.
Video: How to Strip Paint: WARNING this is hard to watch!
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