How to Custom Paint a Car : How to Spray a Single Stage Car Paint


Hi, I’m Doug. I work with 20 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. Let’s paint! People want to know what it costs to paint a car. And
I say it doesn’t cost that much to paint a car at all, it’s getting it ready that’s expensive.
So the actual shooting of a car only takes a couple of days, but it’s all this prep time,
all this masking, getting everything square. Tony’s going to start with the jams on this,
then he’ll button it up and shoot the outside of the car. It looks like he’s moving real
slow, but he’s just moving very carefully. You want to go as fast as you can when you’re
painting so you’ll always have a wet edge. So he’s painted the jam and the inside of
the door he’s got it shut and he’s going to go down the side of the car with the paint
as fast as he can. It’s a minimum 2 coats of paint, sometimes we do three, and the first
coat is the thinnest. When you’re on that nice slick sealer or base coat, you can see
there is almost a shine to the base coat. The paint wants to run. The base coat dries
real fast, and if you put the first coat of paint on real heavy it will run, so he’s actually
putting on a fairly light coat the first one.