Spray Painting

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    Spray Painting

    Car Paint repairs
    We provide professional car Paint and resprays in Pretoria. Hence  our experts can repair the paint of any vehicle to the highest standard. We also provide colour matching for full car and specialised resprays. Say goodbye to rust problems and hello to increased vehicle values.
    When it comes to car paint repairs, our professionals have the technical know how and experience to promptly complete all vehicle damage.

    Spray Painting Prep - Step one

    Say you want to repair and respray your Corsa bakkie and your friend has a Bull Bar that also needs spray painting. Can you do this in your garage? consequently well, yes. Let us explain some of the basics that we apply when preparing a whole vehicle and please do contact us for some car spraying prices.

    Supplies for step one
    Coat
    Pre-paint prep
    Contour body filler
    Dual Action Sander
    Sandpaper
    Gloves
    Filler spreaders
    Paint prep wipes
    Cotton Rags
    Masking tape and paper
    Sanding blocks

    Step one is preparing the metal and getting down to the metal and also removing everything. Use your Dual Action sander to remove all fabrication blemishes and proud welds. Secondly use your pre-paint prep, gloves and wipes to remove anything still sitting on the metal, like dust. Thirdly use the tape to seal off any protruding parts that don't need to have spray paint. A stirring stick with a flat edge helps allot with those hard to reach grooves. Finally and most noteworthy mask the windows and any chrome that does not need spray painting. Use your masking paper and tape for this. Do not use newspaper as the paint will just go right through it.  

    Guide Coat

    Next, we apply a guide coat that is sprayed on with a can. Due to this method we can identify any highs and lows after the block sanding phase. Next, we will use our sanding blocks and attached is an 80 grit sandpaper to the longest sand block you have. Apply with a crosshatch pattern for even sanding of the panel. This makes sure we have a level surface. Maintain the body lines and avoid going with the body line. 

    The remaining guide coat now shows the lows that will need filling with the contour body filler. Now we wipe the panel again using a clean cloth, making sure we remove any dirt and don't spread any dirt.

    Next, we apply contour body filler. Mix up your contour body filler and make sure you soften the hardner real good. A quick tip is to mix on a plastic table of a plastic dedicated tray. Apply the filler with a straight edge, semi-hard, plastic scraper. Make sure that your filler is spread as much as you can and as thin as needed. Apply to the entire body panel and let dry as per body filler instructions. Now, let us use the 80 grit sandpaper and longboard. 

    Try your best to sand from edge to edge in a cross hatch, 45-degree, pattern. This will ensure a level panel. Use durablock to shape laser straight body lines. Apply a coat of guide coat to identify all highs and lows.

    Grit levels

    Then start moving up the grit levels and don't skip any steps. First from the 80 grit you go to 120 grit. Second 180 grit. Third 220 grit and finally all the way up to 320 grit. Most noteworthy now repeat filler process again to get to any low areas that need filler.
     Then repeat the filler steps. 

    Remove all dust and any debris. Then apply the guide coat and continue with the 80 grit sandpaper and progress through all the grit types up to 320 grit. The guide coat really brings the 80 grit and 120 grit scratches out. With the final block sanding completed, we are now ready for epoxy primer.

    Spray Painting - Step two

    Supplies for step two

    Pre-paint prep
    Epoxy primer
    Urethane primer or surfacer
    Guide coat
    Sandpaper
    Gloves
    Mixing cups
    Paint prep wipes
    Cotton Rags
    Respirator
    Paint filters
    Paint gun
    Abrasive pads
    Paint suit
    Sanding blocks

    After doing another final wipe down with wipes and cotton cloth, we can begin mixing the epoxy paint. Mix your epoxy paint and epoxy primer as per instructions on the containers. It is normally a one to one ratio. Now let's filter the epoxy into the spray gun.

    Put the lid on your gravity feed spray gun. Make sure the vent hole on the top of the Spray gun is pointing at you as you don't want any paint dripping out of there. Before we start, go ahead and test your fan pattern on a piece of masking paper. For this application get as close as you can to a 25cm fan pattern.
    Tip number one, spray all your jams and edges first then your main areas. This will prevent overspray on the door or outside main panels. 

    The large spray pattern is for reasons like spraying outside or in your driveway. Get the epoxy on and let it sit outside. Dont hang around. We are using epoxy primer as it has great adhesion to the body filler and the metal. Next, a full coat 90degrees to the first two coats to ensure full coverage.
    Apply two full wet coats
    The fluid tip is 1.4-1.8mm
    Pressure is 25-30psi

    Spray Painting - Wet Coats

    Go ahead and apply another two wet coats if you feel that it is too thin.

    Sometimes life happens and a bug or something can happen to check out your panel. Don't worry as these small little marks will come out with the sanding. Now we are back to the sanding board and the 320 grit at 45-degree angles. Make sure you are using the largest board that can fit your panel to ensure a nice even surface. 

    If you have irregular surfaces like around the door handles, use an abrasive pad as it tends to work easier. Now, let us wipe down and wipe with the cotton cloth. Always wear gloves as this will prevent oils on your hands that you don't want in your primer. Even the natural skin oils are no good with the primer.

    Spray Painting Tips

    Next, we are going to spray the Urethane primer-surfacer. Mix as per the instructions, strain and fill the spray gun. Apply 2-3 full wet coats starting with the edges and jams and then to the main surface.
    The fluid tip is 1.4-1.6mm
    Pressure is 25-30psi

    A tip here is to apply using a 50% overlap, consistently. Consistency is very key. Apply the guide coat. Now sand down the surface with a 320 grit sandpaper, after it is dry. Using the cross hatch pattern continue up to 620 Grit. Now we are going to do a wet sanding session. Continue from 320 grit up to 620 grit. The water helps with keeping the panel clean while sanding. You can carefully use your hand and the sandpaper for hard to reach areas. Use a lint-free rag to get the dust off the panel once it is half dried. Now grab your pressure hose and blow away any dust or water that may be stuck in hard to reach areas.

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        Who we are

        Complete repairs
        Our outfitted and equipped team have the tools to complete most minor repairs. We also have the paint products for spray painting in the to cover the greater Gauteng area.

        Customers
        Our customers tend to look for an cheap way to get the damage repaired without filing an insurance claim.

        Highest quality equipment
        We use the highest quality equipment in the bumper repair industry, This makes sure your vehicle gets back to its pre-damaged condition, fast.

        Trained professionals
        The experienced team and have been doing this for many years, true assets. All customers are VIP. The team ensures that your experience is memorable and professional.
        100% Reliable service.
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        About us
        Fast Turnaround
        Your vehicle is our number one priority.
        Quality Assured
        We guarantee 100% satisfaction on every job we complete.
        No Job Too Big
        Providing a great scope of automotive repair services.
        Experienced Engineers
        Years of experience will show in the work done. We know how to do it.
        Always informed
        We will keep you up to date all the time

        Spray Painting - Step three

        Supplies for step three - Base coat, colour and clear
        Base coat colour
        Clear coat
        Sanding blocks
        Guide coat
        Sandpaper
        Gloves
        Paint Mixing cups
        Paint
        Preparation wipes
        Clean rags
        Respirator
        Paint filters
        Paint gun
        Abrasive pads
        Paint suit
        Sanding blocks
        First we can do the prep and mix. Using your mixing cups, mix your base coat to the appropriate ratio. Then go ahead and strain and fill the cup with base coat. Do your final rag clean of the panel seconds before you start applying paint.
        First spray your jams and edges, then come across and do your first base coat. 50% overlap is good. A great tip here is to apply the second and third coat at 90 degrees direction to the previous coat. This will achieve a more level surface and will eliminate any strands. We like to use a 50% overlap and complete consistent backwards and forward movement and gun distance to the panel.

        ​You can use the same gun that you've used for your proxy primer, urethane, base coat and also for the clear clear coat. The only thing we doing is changing out the nozzle sizes. OK, Once the base coat is completely cured we start with the wet sanding process.
        We start with a 600 grit and continue with the cross hatch pattern. Note that a smaller block can work here as we no longer shaping the panel and it is more controllable. 

        Spray Painting clear coats

        Tip if you find that you've gone through your base coat and the primer is exposed just touch it up with a little match stick and paper on the end dipped into the paint. Next is urethane clear. Properly mixed and put into the cup it's time to spray. Seconds before spraying the final clear, clean wipe the panel. Go ahead and apply 2 to 3 wet coats as you did with the base coats, start with your edges first and then the main panel. Urethane clear with an activator this is done about 45 minutes after the base coat has been applied. This perfect timing.

        If you had to stop now for a couple of days you would need to redo the clear coats. Allow the clear to sit for 48 hours. Now it's time to sand again. Now we start with a thousand grid and the cross hatch pattern and moved up to 1500 and then finish with 2000 Grit. Continue sanding until you're left only with the matte finish. Do a wipe and if you find any colour don't worry just apply to more coats of clear

        Spray Painting - Step four

        Step four

        Buffing

        Supplies needed
        Quality buffing system
        Buffer polisher

        When you are complete with the wet sanding process it's time to move on to the buffing. So go ahead and use a high-quality system to achieve that showroom finish. A wool pad system would work really well for a 3-4 step fantastic finish. Just remember to saturate the pads and minimal pressure on the panel. Starting with the wool pad and this will remove the 2000 grit pattern. This is then followed up with the two foam pads for professional results. 90° either way works well as you move through the pads. Depth of image and shine will be pronounced. Then switch to the blue pad which will remove any swirl marks left. Lastly finish up with the white pad for that perfect professional look.​
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