How to Paint A Car Yourself

Its great for a first timer ignore the haters they probally can't even custom paint their finger nails.

How To Paint a Car 

Should you paint a car in pieces or not? It’s not a common question, but a good one.

But there will be the pro’s and con’s of painting a car or any project in pieces.

If you’re painting solid, metallic colors with no added flake, pearl or candy then you can paint in pieces or stages.

What I mean by stages is painting part of the car one day. Like your hood, fenders and bumpers, then painting the rest of the car the next day all in pieces in your garage.

The reason it’s ok to do this is because your colors aren’t custom. You’re not adding extra flake or pearl in your intercoat or in your clear coat.

If you are then color matching will be an issue. The reason why is that you won’t be able to SEE how your coats are laying on. Thus, not being able to correctly color match your panels.

If your painting all of your parts in the booth at once and in pieces, then yes. You can do this if you feel that you can lay even coats over all parts.

How to Paint a Car - Painting Custom Colors

The more custom your colors are, the harder it will be to color match. You’ll have to also ensure correct paint mixing ratios. Just like CANDY PAINTS. If spraying candy, it’s recommended to paint your car or entire project in one piece.

Unless the parts are small like a motorcycle fairing kit.

Then you can have your fenders, tank and side fairings all next to each other and painting them at once in pieces.

If painting something small like this, then yes painting custom all in pieces at once is the only real way to accomplish a world-class job.

As long as you have great lighting and all pieces are in good range to check for color matching you can basically spray custom colors with pearls, flake and even candy.

The whole point is not to spray custom colors such as added pearl, flake and candy in pieces on different days. If you’re doing all of this at once in your garage or spray booth on the same day, you can go for it.



I wouldn’t recommend this for newbies. If you are a newbie, and your thinking of shooting pearl, flake and even candy then spray your car in one piece.


It will give you a better chance to get a good color match, and remember, candies are the one of the hardest top coats to paint.

You must feel comfortable with your gun and have proper flow and distance down pat first. If not, you risk having a blotchy and uneven candy coat.

I hope this post made sense to you and thank you for reading and watching the video. If you haven’t watched the video, then it may make better sense to you so watch it.

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