Whether you’re a full-on petrol head with a real passion for cars, or they are simply a means of transport from one place to another, we can all agree that a well-painted car looks good. We’ve all turned our heads to look at an exciting-looking vehicle or had our eye caught by a vibrant paint job, and it may have raised the question as to how they look so good.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to car paints, and getting it right is no simple process; people spend their lives perfecting and maintaining vehicles. The steps involved in painting cars properly and efficiently have been practised and fine-tuned for decades and, whether you’re a car enthusiast or not, it can be helpful to understand the process.
Here is Haltec’s quick guide to the stages of vehicle painting.
Firstly, it is worth noting that car paint doesn’t just make your vehicle look amazing, it is also a form of protection, shielding the bodywork from the elements and preventing deterioration and rust. Most cars will be painted using three main layers.
The first of these layers is a primer coat. This incredibly thin layer is applied directly to the metal panels of the vehicle and, as the name suggests, primes the body ready for the paint to be evenly applied.
Next, a base coat is applied on top of the dry primer. This is the layer that catches your eye and decides what colour the car actually is.
Finally, a third layer known as the clear coat is applied. This is a transparent lacquer that provides the base coat with protection from sunlight, rust and oxidation.
In professional garages, car paint is applied using a process called electrostatic spraying. Essentially, this involves electrically charging the paint using the spray gun. This causes the paint to spread out as the particles are repelled from each other. The paint particles are drawn to the car’s surface as it is negatively charged, reducing waste and ensuring a smoother finish.
This process takes place within a high-quality spray booth. Spray booths are purpose-built spaces that are designed to facilitate the efficient painting of large items such as cars, without risking paint contaminating other surfaces. Using an extraction system, spray booths remove dust and dirt from the space as well as paint fumes, making it a safe environment to work in.
If your business requires the installation of a spray booth or smart repair bay, look no further than Haltec. As a family-run business, we take immense pride in providing our customers with high-quality spray booth solutions.
What’s more, our computer-aided design facilities allow us to offer customers a wide range of bespoke products to suit their specific needs. Get in touch with a member of our friendly team today to discuss your requirements.
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