Paint Prep: Vehicle Masking And Taping

What is a Quality Paint Prep?

Paint prep is short for paint preparation.  It is the process between the body repair and paint application.  Your car will have been completely repaired by the body technician and is ready for paint.  But before the first coat of sealer or primer, your car will need to be properly prepared.

Why do cars need professional paint prep?

Masking is a very important step in the paint process because it helps prevent unwanted paint from getting on the body of your car.  This step might seem simple enough but if not done carefully it can cause overspray or other issues.

How is paint prep professionally done?

The Expert Paint Prep Process

Paint prep might seem like a very simple step, but in reality it is very important and time consuming.   Quantity shops don’t do it, or don’t take their time during this step, to cut corners and save on labor, but in the long run you end up paying the price.  At our auto body shop, West Coast Body and Paint, we make sure we do the paint prep right, take our time, and use quality materials, because it is important we leave your car looking its best.

Masking And Taping

Masking involves outlining the car along edges of the trim or other body parts like:

  • Badges
  • Door Jambs
  • Door Locks
  • Emblems
  • Grille
  • Handles
  • Trim
  • Wheels
  • Windows
  • other exterior features

“Jaider was super friendly and helpful. He replaced my bumper, painted it very well, and took care of some weird random paint on the front of my car. He also took care of insurance (not mine but person-at-fault’s) and stated in writing that even if insurance didn’t pay he would release my car. Overall a good experience with minimal pain over a rear ending thanks to Jaider and his team.”

-Emily D., Los Angeles, CA, 5/3/2017

Thank you for taking the time to read this page.  

As of January 2022 we have some good news and some bad news…  

The BAD NEWS is we have moved out of our location and are in search of a new home for the West Coast Body and Paint shop.  

The GOOD NEWS is that we have a West Coast Body and Paint mobile paint repair service unit that will come to you!  The mobile paint unit provides auto services for minor body and paint repairs.

Our estimates are free.  Once we receive your images we will provide you with an initial estimate.   The estimate is a ballpark figure, and after we assess your vehicle’s damage in person, we will review the estimate with you.  If you agree to the final estimate, we will begin repairing your car.  Fill out the form below or contact us through WhatsApp to request an estimate.


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Where can you find a good paint shop in Van Nuys and Los Angeles?

At West Coast Body and Paint!  We are a highly-rated paint shop with decades of experience preparing and painting cars of all makes and models.  Come to our shop for a free paint estimate, give us a call 818.785.2639, text 818.793.7728, or email us at  We are located in Van Nuys, and we serve the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles area.