Painting a car at home | Creating a perfect surface for final paint

By Carl Heideman
Mar 9, 2024 | BMW, Paint | Posted in Restoration & Renovation | Never miss an article

What separates a good paint job from a great paint job? The prep work–which is really a euphemism for lots and lots of sanding.

At this point in the project, as seen in part 1, our E30-chassis BMW was looking good. We’d stripped the body to bare metal, removed the dents with some hammer and dolly work, and applied body …

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noddaz GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/3/19 7:43 p.m.

A lot of work, but looking good!  But watch the fingers when sanding.  You can leave grooves from fingers if you are not careful.

Rushcanuck Reader
1/7/20 12:28 p.m.

no epoxy primer to start on the bare steel?

Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
1/7/20 1:12 p.m.

In reply to Rushcanuck :

Sometimes we do that, but this was a low-buck job.

Azryael Reader
1/7/20 1:37 p.m.

I'd love to repaint my car myself, I just don't have a good place for it. My neighbors also wouldn't appreciate it crying

bencii New Reader
11/12/23 3:21 p.m.

In reply to Azryael :

You might check your area for paint booths that you can rent.

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