What You Should Know Before Having A Custom Paint Job

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 2 months ago

    Having a custom paint job on your car could be a great way to tell the world a bit about yourself. It could make your car look more unique and stand out from the crowd, as well as help you to build a reputation and strengthen your brand. There are all kinds of things getting a custom paint job could mean for you. However, that doesn’t mean you should just go right out and get on. There are a few things you should know first: 


    1. This Could Make Your Car Susceptible To Thieves 

    Depending on where you plan on driving and parking your car and how well it’s going to be protected at night, you may want to bear this point in mind. Having a unique, custom paint job that makes your car stand out could easily make it more susceptible to thieves. If you live in an area or park your car in places you’re not 100% sure are safe, you should probably hold back on a custom paint job. 


    1. There Are Different Methods 

    There are all kinds of methods for having a paint job, and some are higher quality than others. There are also different prices to consider as some may but a lot more expensive than others. You may want to price check with a local ceramic pro shop first to make sure it’s within your budget. 


    You’re paying for a lot of thought and effort to go into your paint job. Just some of the things the professional will do include: 


    • Choosing the right paint colour - very important as the slightest shade difference could change everything 

    • Stripping the original colour

    • Etch priming and priming

    • Rubbing down (with fine sandpaper)

    • Top coat and lacquer

    • Rubbing down

    • Buffing

    • Polishing


    Some even say there are as many as 125 steps! Of course, this all depends on what you want the finished result to be and where you go.  


    1. You Should Only Ever Let A Pro Near Your Car 

    There’s no way at all you should even consider doing this yourself. You should do your research on professionals in your area and go from there. You might think it’ll be easy to do yourself, but you’ll probably only end up paying a pro to fix what you’ve done


    A professional has all kinds of things to think about, including:

    • Staying safe - health and safety is so important as poisonous chemicals are used in car paint 

    • Environmental protection with responsible pain use and disposal 

    • Speed and skill - they will be able to finish much faster than you, and you will be able to tell the difference in the end


    1. You’ll Need Dents, Chips, And Other Issues Sorted Out Before The Work Starts 

    A paint job isn't going to cover any damage on your car. It’s not a miracle solution for a banged up car. You’ll need to get any dents, chips, and other issues sorted out before you have the work started, so get a quote on this too.


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