All you need to know about the car paint process

All you need to know about the car paint process

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Maintaining a car is not a piece of cake for everyone. Dents over the car body are usual; they can be as minor as debris dents or as severe as an accidental cause. Similar to car dents, you may observe paint chips even if you drive your car smoothly. These car paint chips can be due to high-speed gravel particles.

So, if you are looking for a new paint job for your car, this read will help you understand the amount of work.




A paintwork or paint job is a process of applying new paint to a vehicle. This process is not as simple as just the application of paint over the car body. It has different steps which all together deliver the required results.


Steps in car paintwork-


1. Preparation


Preparation includes the preparation of the car body for the application of paint. The car body may have dents, paint chips, or rusting. For better results, all these need to be prepared. Your service provider will remove the rust from the car body. If any part contains severe rust, then welding of extra metal is also included. 

If dents are present over the car body, then your service provider will remove them. The surface will be thoroughly prepared for the process.

Apart from this, preparation also includes washing the car body and removing door handles, side indicators, headlights, or any other accessories going to be in the way of the paint job.

If the paintwork is for only one or two panels, then, in this case, cover the other parts with paper (not a newspaper, brown paper). Be careful while applying the adhesive tape. It should be capable of holding the weight of wet paper as if it comes off midway from the panel and may lead to even more damage.

2. Primer




The first coat over the panel will be of the primer. Your service provider will use a spray gun to apply the primer as it helps to apply an even coat. Depending upon the requirement generally, 2 to 4 primer coats are applied over the car body. Wait for around 5 to 10 minutes to let the primer dry, then apply another coat.

Primary alone has a thicker consistency, so the worker mixes it with a reducer. This reducer works as a primer thinner and makes the paint thin enough for even application.

After primer, the next step is the base coat.


3. Basecoat


Basecoat is the foundation color cote over the surface. Before applying the base coat, always clean the surface thoroughly to remove dirt particles. For cleaning, it is preferable to use a degreaser as it helps to get rid of surface contaminants. 

Preparing the exact base color is a tough job. Although there are thousands of pre-select color options available, sometimes they are not sufficient as body-color fades over time, and it is hard to find the right shade which matches your car’s body color.

Selecting a color code for a single panel to match the rest of the car body is more complex than applying paint to the whole body.

Before the application of the base coat, it is diluted with the right amount of thinner. The car body usually requires 2 to 3 layers of base coat to achieve the right color tone.

The next step after the base coat is the application of a clear coat.




Before applying a clear coat, your car surface needs to be free of surface contaminants. If dirt particles are present over the car body, the clearcoat will not look as smooth as it should be.

Usually, one or two coats are sufficient to achieve the desired results. Before application, the worker mixes it with the hardener. This hardener also provides the base coat a perfect consistency for its application.

After a clear coat, the last step is to polish the surface for a shiny look and utmost luster.




Polish is the final stage of paintwork. After application of the clear coat, it is allowed to rest for around 12 to 24 hours. After the clear coat thoroughly fixes then the car body is ready for the final touching: Polish. 

Under this step, the worker polishes the car body with a rubbing compound. If there is paint run over the body, then they are carefully removed from the car body. Polishing includes waxing the car surface and preparing it for a smooth, exotic, and shiny look.




Paintwork is beneficial for your vehicle as it increases the value of your car. It is not an easy job, especially when only one or two panels require paintwork. These steps mentioned here are of aftermarket paintwork. The procedure of paintwork by authorized dealers is way more different, lengthy, and expensive. 

If you are confused about the benefits of paintwork, then have a look at “Benefits of giving your car new paintwork.” Always make sure you have chosen a professional service provider for your car’s paintwork.

Mukesh choudhary
Mukesh choudhary
Age may offer experience but my passion for cars brings me expertise. I am extremely good at one thing and that's writing about cars.

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