How to Custom Paint a Car : How to Spray a Base Coat on a Car


Hi I’m Doug. I work with twenty great guys
in St. Louis at Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods, and we’re going to do some work for you today
on Expert Village. Now Tony’s shooting base coats on some small pieces in the booth, and
he’s gets everything nicely covered. It doesn’t run as easily. Base coat dries real easy.
There’s the fuel door for the car. Now he’s going to hit the deck lid with the base coat.
Base coat dries fast, it’s easy to spread, and it lays out nice. But you always have
to top coat it, either with clear or with single stage paint like we’re going to be
doing. Base coat is a very thin product. It’s part of a two-stage system. With most modern
cars, you put a base coat down, which is real thin, it doesn’t provide much protection.
Then you put a clear coat over the top of it. The clear coat is what actually protects
the car. The base coat just gives it some color. Base coat levels real nicely. Now he’s
spraying the base coat on the car that’s in the other paint booth. Both these things are
going on simultaneously. So build it up there enough to cover real well, but not enough
so that it runs or anything. Base coat is real thin; it’s easy to run if you’re not
good with it.