How to Paint Your Car Yourself – Auto Body Repair (1 of 2)


This shows the steps necessary from start to finish of a minor dent repair on the quart panel of a sunfire. It includes filler application, block sanding, priming, sealer, painting & clearcoat application.

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1 67dodgepolara March 2, 2010 at 11:05 pm

small as that dent was, I might have tried the paintless dent repair guys… Good video though.

2 matttera March 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm

i kno that after ur done with the coat(s) of the color u want u have to use a clear coat to get the shine but thats about as far as my knowledge goes wit painting a car

3 jimmo4life March 3, 2010 at 12:16 am

An aerosol can won’t work very well unless it’s a two part can. 1 part cans are different and they will fade. Any 2 part clear will work. Every product has flash time which is specified on it’s product data sheet, that’s the length of time you need to wait in between coats. Most things are 5-15 minutes.

4 CrashArtSkillz March 3, 2010 at 12:32 am

Yeah matttera thats what i wanted to ask I have a 1996 S500 benz the bottom of the car is grey but i want it to be black to match the rest of the car what spray can can I use at an auto store?and what coat do I use to get it to shine?Also when ppl say put three coats what does that mean?put one coat on wait till it drys and another?

Please let me know jimmo4life

5 jimmo4life March 3, 2010 at 1:25 am

3M Dry Graphite powder (guide coat)

6 000DQ000 March 3, 2010 at 2:11 am

what the blue powder you used called? and do you know what they called the powder when they hooked up the body kit or the dent? anyone got an idea?

7 politowic March 3, 2010 at 2:27 am

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8 butuboy March 3, 2010 at 2:40 am

this is the best step-by-step vid. thanks. GREAT JOB on the paint job buddy

9 matttera March 3, 2010 at 2:59 am

if i wanted to just paint my car wit the spray can available at autobody stores shuld i sand the existing paint even though there is no damage… my car is black now i m just trying to change it to blue maybe even white

10 jimmo4life March 3, 2010 at 3:46 am

You can also use a contrasting colored paint in place of graphite powder. It is called a guide coat, graphite powder is just the type of guide coat used here.

11 jimmo4life March 3, 2010 at 4:00 am

It is 3M graphite powder. It is used to help identify high or low spots while block sanding. If the powder remains on the surface when blocking it tells you there is a low spot because your block isn’t allowing your paper to hit it, so you know that you need to continue leveling the area.

It can also be used to help when switching to a higher grit. if you apply it over 320 scratches and you want to refine up to 500-600, you will know the 320 is gone once the guide coats off.

12 mx444bee March 3, 2010 at 4:26 am

whats the majic black dusty stuff?
what brand is it. Is it a grit or a
chalk to show the scratches.
this is the best video I have seen on
this kind of repair.

13 jimmo4life March 3, 2010 at 5:06 am

Thanks for the suggestion, just added some pop ups showing the grit I’m using. If you watch it again it should be displayed.

14 CoolasIce2 March 3, 2010 at 5:34 am

Good video, but listing the sandpaper grits would make it even better.

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