How to Restore a Car’s Paint Job : How to Apply Paint to 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. So Andy’s next trick in a row is to shoot this black. He tests his
gun, makes sure he has the right pattern there. And right before he shoots he’s going to wipe
it down with the tack rag to get any dust that he got on there when he was masking,
get any of that off. And he starts at the corner there so he has a good square edge
to start with and puts it on the repair area a little bit heavier than elsewhere. He stops
the trigger everytime the gun is not moving. So as he goes from left to right he doesn’t
just hold the trigger down. You’d end up with a big pile of paint at the end of each pass
that way. So, he’s shutting the trigger off each time the gun isn’t moving. So back and
forth he keys the thing. If you watch his hand you can see that he’s letting off and
not spraying a big pile there. Importantly though he keeps the air flowing during that
time so he doesn’t end up with a big spot or to start and stop. The first coat of black
that Andy did covered real nice. But, you can still see that there’s little flat spots
in it. So he’s putting a second coat of black on there to get perfect coverage so that the
whole thing has one uniform color one uniform texture and one uniform degree of shininess.
Even though this does get a clear coat on it, if you have a thin coat of black or you
have different textures of it, even after you spray the clear coat on it, it will still
show the imperfections through there. So you gotta do the black perfectly and straight.