How to Strip Paint of Car using Chemicals
Removing the paint from a car with stripper chemical is a lengthy process, and not one that
should be undertaken in the expectation that it will completed in an hour or two with practically
no effort. Furthermore, like all stripping jobs, it should be carried out immediately before painting
of the car is to begin, with an expected completion date no further than a few days from the
masking and spraying that it is readying the car for.
How to use of Chemical Paint Strippers
Preparing a car for masking and painting can be accomplished in a number of different ways,
depending on how thorough a job of paint removal is necessary. You will need to make a
judgment about how stable the current paint is – if it is stable, or mostly so, then you may be
able to give it a heavy sanding and then paint directly over it without removing any of the old
paint. This technique is even usable when you are changing the color of the car, as long as the
new color is not lighter than the old color and certain other conditions are met.
How to Remove Masking Tape and Paper off Car after Painting
Just as there are special techniques for applying masking tape and paper to a car, to provide
protection and simultaneously create an accurate, clean paint edge, so there are special ways
of removing these masking materials after the painting has been completed, so that they do not
rip or crack the edges of the paint. There is nothing worse, perhaps, than completing a beautiful
paint job, gleaming, smooth, and complete, and then pulling off the masking paper and seeing
the paint at the edge come up with the tape, ruining all your efforts and putting you back to
Install Masking Tap around Door-jambs & Inside of Trunks for Painting
To the inexperienced eye, a car with its windows masked, its chrome removed or coated in
masking tape, its headlights taped over, plastic covers on its tires, and decals, emblems, and
the like removed or taped over might appear to be ready for painting. However, this is not the
case. Although doors and trunks provide weather-tight seals thanks to inner rubber gaskets,
moldings, and the like, the outer edge of doors and trunk lids are not absolutely flush with the
car’s surface and paint will penetrate here.
Installing Masking Tap on Car
Before turning to the matter of masking the interior of the car for a full paint job – necessary if
the doorjambs and so forth are also to be painted, an absolute necessity if the color of the car is
being changed – there are several other details of masking to attend to. There is an almost
endless list of places where paint should be prevented from going during the painting of a car,
and the only way to prevent these spots from being inadvertently sprayed with overspray is to
Masking Car Windows -Simple How-to Installation Guide
Masking paper is the primary covering for those areas of the car that are too large to simply be
taped over efficiently, although plastic sheeting is sometimes used for covering doorways and
wheel wells. When choosing masking paper for a car painting project, automotive masking
paper – which is specifically designed for car painting – should be selected, since other types of
masking paper may not be effective at keeping out the high pressure paint spray used in
How to Mask a Car Window – Outlining
Of all the places that a jet of uncontrolled overspray could end up depositing an unwanted
streak of paint, the windows and windshield of the car that is being painted are the worst.
Painted chrome, or a metal fender with a spurt of paint at one corner, may be ugly and
undesirable, but they do not actually affect the performance of the car.
Masking Emblems for Light Painting
A serious, full-blown car painting requires that all badges and emblems – the metal or plastic
appliqué symbols and lettering that identify the car company and the car model – be removed
from the car’s surface. They are too complicated to be successfully masked, and even the most
painstaking masking will not protect them when they are directly sprayed over with a
high-pressure spray gun. There is also the risk of damaging the new paint while removing such
intricate masking, since masking removal always tugs at the edges of freshly applied paint.
Removing or Masking Drip Rail Trim, Badges, and Emblems
Preparing a car for painting is a complicated task, far more so than actually painting the vehicle,
which is finished in a matter of an hour or two if no problems arise. Preparation time ranges
from 70% to 95% of the time spent on a paint job, so when approaching this task, it is best to
exercise patience and be as thorough as possible – especially since preparation now prevents
flaws and gaffes during painting, and thus ends up saving many hours of corrective work and
many dollars spent on window glass or other parts ruined by uncontrolled spray.
Pre-Painting Bumper and Grille Removal
Two of the largest items that will need to be removed before painting (if they are present) are
the grille and the bumpers. There is no practical way to spray around a grille – the masking
involved in such a complex piece of brightwork inevitably interferes with painting the
immediately surrounding area, and will likely end up ruining the paint job. In any case, masking
a grille is so time and labor intensive that it is almost always easier and faster to remove it –
despite the difficulties involved in detaching this piece of brightwork.