Paint, Chemicals, & Supplies

Paint, Chemicals, & Supplies

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Paint, Chemicals, & Supplies at 1A Auto

What are paints, chemicals, and supplies?

When your car gets dinged up and paint scrapes off, the exposed sheet metal is susceptible to corrosion. It's important to paint over those marks before menacing rust swoops in and gives you more problems. Luckily, there are a few methods you can follow for this job, and many times, if the job isn't too bad, the issue can be solved with a touch-up paint stick.

Apart from paint, there are many other chemicals and supplies that we need in order to keep our rides in shape. Lubricant for O-rings, hoses, seals, and weatherstrip is something you'll need to keep those gaskets in place.

How do I know if my car needs paint and, if so, what kind? 

There are many reasons to paint your car. Some are a bit more obvious than others: road chips from highway driving, scratches and scrapes from road debris and rocks, door dings, or, even worse, a malevolent scrape from a key. Luckily, these problems can be fixed. Your vehicle probably won't look like new, but it will be enough to hide the eye sore and, more importantly, protect the body from oxidation.

So how do you find out what type of paint you need? There's an easy way to check that. On your VIN sticker that's usually located on the inside of the door jamb, you can find the letters C/TR or they may be spelled out as "color" and "trim." From there, you can match the color and trim code up with the type of paint you need.

Can I paint my car myself?

There are many ways to touch up your car, and a lot of experienced DIYers and painters tend to follow their own technique depending on the job. Before jumping into the repair, you should decide whether or not you think a professional should handle it or if that part of the car should be repainted entirely. Many DIYers can handle small nicks and scrapes, but for bigger jobs, it's better to leave it to the professionals. The tools can vary, but typically you'll need disposable gloves, a surface cleaner, sandpaper, touch-up paint, a rag, and car wax.

First, check the weather for the day of the job, especially if you don't have a garage or storage area so that your paint job won't wash away overnight. Next, inspect your car for damage. Feel the grooves of the cut(s) and judge their depth. You want to clean the surface (here's a great excuse to wash your car). Most jobs require 2000 grit sandpaper for sanding down the exposed areas after you clean them, and if the edges are rough, it's best to sand the wet surface with wet sandpaper.

The painting process might take some time, and you might find yourself returning to this step. You want to make sure absolutely none of the metal surface shows. Use the brush or pen provided - some like to use a matchstick or toothpick for the smaller cuts - and apply a coat over the cut. Some jobs might take several coats, so let each coat dry before the next until you build up a mound of paint. Once the paint has dried, you might want to wet the car and lightly sand down the mound with sandpaper or a leveler. After this, you may need to apply a second coat of paint, and then polish or wax. 

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