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Auto Body Blog: New Research, Stunning Facts and Industry News

Hi, my name is Ken. I am an avid golfer, a reading lover and an auto body and paint DIY amateur. During the week, I work as a financial consultant, and I love my job. However, I get tired of advising people about maintaining their fortunes, and in the evening, I like to do things that feel more mechanical and even artistic in a way. That's why I decided to write this blog. Here, I am going to post all about auto body news and information. I like to keep up to date on what's new as well as exploring tried-and-true facts about the industry. If you need a repair or are thinking about doing one yourself, I hope these posts help you. Enjoy.

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How to Properly Prepare a Workspace for Spray Painting Your Car

Spray painting your car is not the easiest task to perform on your own, but it's fully possible with the right preparations and technique and can prove to be a very rewarding project in the end. If you're not accustomed to working with spray paint or have no experience in paintwork whatsoever, you should probably leave spray painting your car to a professional. However, if you do want to spray paint your car on your own, you should first make sure you have an appropriate space to paint it in.

Work indoors

The most important thing when choosing a place to spray paint your car is that you can do it indoors. If you don't have a garage on your property, you should look into the option of hiring a garage, or ask a friend to work in theirs for a couple of days. If you have a carport, you shouldn't opt to perform the paint job there. It does protect your work from rain, but not from dust blowing through the carport with the wind.

Protect your car

When you have a garage to work in, you should further protect your car when it has been parked. You can hang up drop cloths or tarps from the ceiling to further protect your car from dust and particles that can make the paint look dirty and bubbly. This also prevents you from getting paint on other things in the garage. This is extra important if you're not working in a garage of your own.

Clean the workspace and let it dry

You should clean the workspace thoroughly before painting. Mop the garage to bind dust particles that might blow up while painting, but make sure you let the place dry completely. It's important that the workspace is dry when you're working as you will be sandpapering the surface, because it will be sensitive to moisture that can get into the metal and cause it to rust. If moisture gets trapped between the metal and the paint, this could cause a rusting process that goes on long after you've finished the paint job.

Remember to ventilate the area

Besides using a respirator mask when painting to protect yourself from the harmful paint fumes, you should also make sure the workspace is well ventilated. If there's no air conditioning in the garage, you can create your own solution with a fan that blows the fumes away from you. If the garage has windows, you can leave one open while painting; just make sure the tarp is preventing any dirt from reaching your car.