Spray Paint Your Car on Its Rest Day

Cars can contribute to air pollution, and that’s a fact. To make sure you’re not playing a huge part in making the environment worse, you should give your car a rest day. One way to make sure you’re not going to use the vehicle for a while (2-3 days) is to give it a makeover.

Below are the steps on how to spray paint your car like a professional.


  • Spray gun
  • Spray paint
  • Car Wax
  • Sander
  • Sandpaper (80, 300, or 600 grit and 1500 grit)
  • Mask
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Painters tape
  • Newspaper


  1. Prepare the vehicle by making sure it’s parked properly in the garage. Open the garage doors.
  2. Get your sander and sandpaper to remove the existing paint of the car. Make sure you get rid of any dent or car wax build up as well.
  3. Start by rubbing the surface of your car with a low grit sandpaper. This may take a while, but it’ll all be worth it in the end, so be extremely patient! Continue using the low grit sandpaper until you notice most of the paint has been removed already. Then, it’s safe to use a finer sandpaper. A 1500 grit paper can remove scratches and corrosion from the vehicle but be sure to use it carefully. If your car has holes, repair it first before painting.
  4. Cover the parts of your vehicle that you don’t want to be painted. Use tape for the side mirrors, bumper, window frames, and wheel rims. Then, use newspapers for to cover the windows. Lay newspapers under your vehicle too.
  5. Wear old clothes before starting. Make sure you’re also wearing your mask, safety goggles, and gloves. You should also put on proper footwear.
  6. HVLP Spray gunInstall the paint in your paint gun and begin painting the car. Ensure that you’re 10-12 inches away from the surface of the vehicle and that your arms are steady. Do your best to spray in a regular motion. Allow the coat to build up by moving from one side to the next. The coat should be even, so make sure you follow the proper way of spray painting (overlapping the sprays after the other). Take note that if you want to prime the car, you must wait for about 24 hours before applying an enamel-based paint or a base coat.
  7. Wait for 15-20 minutes before adding the second coat. This will make the paint job look like it was made by an expert.
  8. Leave the vehicle to dry completely. It might take 2-3 days, so be patient… again.
  9. Apply a layer of car wax.

Don’t have a spray gun yet? Here’s a spray gun buying guide to get you started.

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