How To Apply Metallic Car Spray

How To Apply Metallic Car Spray

Whether you are looking to completely change the colour of your car, or are needing to repair an area which was damaged on the road, knowing the process of applying the spray paint is vital to achieving a good finish.

According to the professionals, spraying a car is a multistage process, including sanding, priming, paint and lacquer, not to mention matching exactly the shade of your vehicle if you are looking to touch up a repair job. If you’re looking to beat the average price of £160 plus VAT of a basic bumper repair by a professional, read on for our guide to applying metallic paint.

Single layer metallic paint

A single layer paint has no separate lacquer and if you’re not careful, these paints can create a blotchy or striped finish. To avoid this, after applying two or three coats, thin the remainder of the paint slightly, and after around 10 minutes, apply some further lighter coats, providing an even metallic surface, whilst soaking into the previous coats.

When applying spray paint, ensuring that adequate ventilation is in place is vital. For best results, work in a spray booth, with fresh spray booth filters, such as those from

Metallic base coat paints

With transparent metallic shades, a base coat may be needed, which is known as a ground coat. With other metallic paints, it is vital to check with the paint manufacturer to ensure that the shades and paint types match.

Base coats tend to cover surfaces in a more comprehensive manner, meaning that two to three coats is generally sufficient. Between coats, us a tack rag in order to minimise the impact of dust on a finish. A surface should be touch dry in order to rub it down with a tack rag, for obvious reasons.

In order to achieve a professional finish with spray paints, using high quality spray guns is imperative. As is taking your time. Errors are not easily rectified when working with metallic spray paints, so take it slowly and smoothly in order to create a high quality and even finish without blotches or stripes.

Experimentation with lacquers and coats of paint can provide all manner of effects, so it may be best to try some techniques out on some scrap metal before applying paints to a car.

Tom Clark