So we’re gonna be using a gray filler primer, and this is going to be a filler primer not just a regular primer.

It’s gonna fill even more little imperfections that we can’t see.

Before you paint anything since we’re working outside and it’s all dusty, it’s a really good idea to grab something to blow all the dust away whether it’s a leaf blower compressed air.

Anything you have to get rid of the dust so it doesn’t get all over our paint job.

And you definitely want to be wearing your dust mask for this one because dust is everywhere

After the dust settles ,we want to do one more wipe down make sure our area is completely clean.

And now we’re ready to spray our primer filler but we don’t want to get the primer filler on the good paint up here, and if you just tape it off.

You’ll get harsh tape lines, which won’t look good so a little trick is grab some paper and what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna tape it right above here,

and you’re gonna bend it over and tape it down so it curves

Just like that now this curved edge is gonna help you spray your primer, and it’s gonna feather it in without creating a harsh line

Okay, so that’s a really cool little trick so you don’t get a hard tape line

So let’s get three coats of primer and whenever painting follow the directions on the paint can and that looks so good.

And now let’s let this dry and let’s get this paper out of the way

You can really see how that little trick of the curved paper creates this nice soft paint line.

We don’t have a harsh tape line now at this point you have two options. One you could try painting the car yourself

And that’s what I’m gonna do. You’re gonna see the whole process but if you’re not comfortable doing that you saved all this money doing your own body work, you take it to a paint shop and It’ll be a fraction of the price because they won’t have to do everything.

All they have to do is sand this down a little bit, tape off the wheel and around and feather in that paint job.

Now I went out and I bought spray paint that matches the paint code to this car and then I also got the clear coat to go along with that.

So we’re gonna try spray-painting this and making it look good. All right since we’re gonna be painting this ourselves, let’s go and send that primer down. For this, we’re going to be using a 600 grit sandpaper which is a pretty fine sandpaper.

The goal here is to smooth out the transition from our good paint to our primer and also sand the primer so it’s nice and smooth.

Make sure you use a sanding block so everything is straight and even. Don’t press down too hard, let the sandpaper do the work.

You also want to stand out into the paintwork so we have a smooth transition layer for when we paint.

Use alcohol or adhesive remover to get the area nice and clean for our final paint job.

With our primer nice and smooth and about a two inch scuff area that goes into the clear coat

We’re ready for our first coat of base coat.

So let’s mask off the area using the curved paper technique to get a soft paint edge.

Okay, let’s paint this panel. The goal is light even coats, focus most of the painting in the filler area but don’t try to put thick coats to cover it all at once because then the paints are just gonna run.

Instead use light coats, and it should look nice and even just like that once this dries to a matte finish.

We’ll add our next coat now. You can see it’s a matte color and not shiny anymore plus It’s a little bit lighter.

So it’s time to add our next coat and we’re gonna spray on this next coat slightly thicker than the last coat.

Again we’re gonna let this coat dry to a matte finish and finally we are on our last coat and at this point I think you get the idea of what we’re doing

And with our base coat dry, we can move to our clear coat phase, and this is actually a little trick that’s really helpful in preventing orange peel.

You put your clear coat bottle in the hottest water that you could get from your sink that heats up the can and gives you a better spray pattern.

Just make sure you wipe down the cans so you don’t get any water on your fresh paint job.

Now we’re gonna apply our first coat which is going to be a relatively light coat but we want full coverage similar to the base coat. We’re gonna end up doing about three coats.

Don’t worry about the paint color right after painting because when the paint dries it’s gonna change color.

Now let’s do coat number two, let that dry and then do the final coat this coat should be slightly thicker so that there’s less orange peel

But you don’t want it to be too thick because that could cause the paint to run.

After three coats, this is gonna look awesome

I’m gonna show you how to wet sand it to get rid of that orange peel and also blend it into the paint.

So after an hour the paint’s dry enough so that we could remove the paper and put the bumper back on.

Now you’re asking yourself. Why is there a lineup here? Why does it look all dusty?

Well, that’s some of the clear coat that dries in the air and then lands on the paint. I don’t want to dust it off now cuz that’s our brand new clear coat that’s still curing.

So we’re just gonna leave it like that and then in a couple of days

I’m gonna come back and wet sand this and clean up all this dust and you’re gonna see the results.

alright a few days later, let’s wet send this paint and finish this up. Now though the instructions on the clear coat say you could sand it after 24 hours.

I wanted to give this a couple of days to fully cure so the first thing you want to do is you want to grab your soapy water and you want to spray down this entire area then grab a microfiber towel and clean the area.

So there’s no dirt or debris left over. That dirt and debris could rub into the paint while we’re wet sanding and create deeper scratches.

Next tape off any edges that you don’t want to sand.

Source: ChrisFix

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