4 Reasons Car Painting Should be Professionally Done
Car Painting Sounds Easy… Right?
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we make sure that your car has been completed to perfection. That means from the time it comes to our shop, through the repair process, during the car painting, reassembly, and auto detailing, we make sure not to cut any corners.
But there are some parts of the repair process that seem like they could be done at home. For instance, suppose your car hasn’t been in a collision, but the paint is looking a little worse for wear. You think that car painting is easy enough, so let’s try it out at home!
Here are four reasons you should leave the car painting to the professionals.
Remove the Rust
Cars are made out of a lot of metal. That metal has a tendency to rust when it is exposed to the elements. “No big deal,” you think, “I’ll just grind off the rust.” Not so fast. The tiniest bit of rust left underneath the paint can have some serious complications down the road. Rust removal isn’t just grinding off the rust; but rather it’s complete removal of every speck of rust. This might mean a whole lot more work than you are prepared for.
As professional auto painters, we know how to get rid of all the rust. We make sure that your freshly painted car turns out far better than you could have ever imagined.
Just Spray it On
Technically you could paint a car by hand. But you’re not going to get that nice smooth sheen that you want. Instead, you will have to rent a sprayer to adequately paint the entire vehicle. But spraying a car is much more than just spraying on some paint.
Everything that can be removed, must be removed. From trim, to door handles, to emblems. If they can come off, they come off. This ensures that no bits of paint get onto the parts of the car that are supposed to be chrome (or another color).
Removing everything, and taping off everything else, takes a lot longer than most people realize. It’s not a quick job, and too often an amateur paint job ends up being rushed.
Wait 24 Hours or So
Unlike house paint, car paint doesn’t dry right away. At least not under normal circumstances. After you paint your own vehicle, you have to wait for it to be completely dry. That can take as long as 30 days! Unless you have a clean area to store the vehicle, and not touch it, you probably don’t want to wait that long.
Now you can reassemble the car before 30 days. But unless the paint is treated properly, you could end up denting and smudging it. Here at Big Sky Collision Center we have the tools to speed up the drying process. It’s like a kiln for your car, and it heats up to 140 degrees. This ensures that the paint dries quickly, and it allows our team to get your car back to you faster.
Clear Coat? Buffing Compound?
When you paint your living room, you might put on a primer coat and then some latex paint on top of that. Then it’s all done. When you paint a vehicle, it’s a bit different. The metal needs to be primed, it then gets at least one coat of paint, and often a clear coat goes over the top to ensure that any rocks don’t chip the paint itself.
Car painting at home often skips this step. Actually, many people skip the priming and the clear coat. In the end, the only thing separating the metal from the air is a thin layer of paint. One small chip, and those rust spots start to develop again.
Bring Your Vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center
Here at Big Sky Collision, we go through specialized training constantly to make sure we have the latest techniques and skills. Our car painters have painted thousands of vehicles, and they understand the exact process that it takes to ensure a quality paint job every single time.
Are you willing to risk needing your car painted again in a year or two? If not, then bring it to a professional. We know how to get it done right the first time.
Did you know that Big Sky Collision Center offers auto detailing? We have the best rates in town, and we make sure your vehicle is sparkling clean and will last for years (as long as that cleanliness is kept up!)