Preparing Your Car For Paint

Before applying paint to your vehicle, we prepare the surface of your vehicle properly.

Here are the steps we take and a brief explanation.

Step 1. Cleaning

We thoroughly clean your car with soapy water then we use cleaning solvents to remove wax and silicone.

Step 2. Paint Removal

Stripping.  In some cases, it may be necessary to remove the original paint off your car if it is in poor condition (pits, rust, poor adhesion, flaking, etc.).

Methods to Removing Paint

  • Power grinding/sanding
  • Media blasting
  • Sandblasting
  • Chemical remover
  • Commercial dipping

Step 3. Sanding and Wet Sanding

Sanding removes oxides and contamination, and provides a slightly rough surface for better adhesion of the new paint.  Although wet sanding is slower than dry sanding, it produces a much smoother surface.  This step is crucial in order to feel and repair the slightest irregularity on your vehicle’s body.

Step 4. Masking

We mask all the surfaces of your car that will not get painted, for example masking:

  • Trim
  • Hardware
  • Windshields
  • Windows
  • Panels
  • Upholstery
  • Trunk
  • Engine compartment
  • Headlights
  • Wheels
  • Front end
  • Exhaust pipes
  • Tires
  • Fender wells
  • Splash shields

And that’s it, it’s ready for the next step – primer!