Many proud car owners are eager to paint their vehicles when they get a scratch, but there is a litany of errors people make when they DIY this complicated project. After reading the mistakes people make when they paint their cars, you will see why it is best to leave this job to the professionals.
Using the Wrong Sandpaper
For paint to stick to a car, the spot needs to be rough. Most people know they need to apply sandpaper. However, too often they make the mistake of choosing the wrong kind. There is sandpaper used for wood, and there is sandpaper used for cars. When someone uses the former on their vehicle, the car just gets scratched even more.
Painting in the Summer Heat
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they paint their cars is that they paint them in the summer heat. When you paint on hot and humid days, it alters the way the paint changes. The end result may be bubbling, discoloration, and blotches. At the same time, you do not want to paint on cold days either, as it will have a similar effect.
Using the Wrong Paint
It is very difficult for the naked eye to determine the right type of car paint. Car owners may go to a store and look at dozens of blue paint spray cans with only minor differences. Even if they find one that appears to match their car, it may surprise them to see how the wet paint dries. The truth is it is very difficult to paint a car. The project is almost always better off left to an auto paint shop.
Applying Car Wax Too Soon
Paint manufacturers put solvents in their products so that compressed air can be enough to apply the paint to a surface. However, it may take a month for the solvents to entirely evaporate. If you apply wax before the first 30 days after the application, the solvent will never dry. Instead, it will ripple, thin, and become discolored.