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How to blend when painting a car
Learning how to blend new paint with old is a crucial part of the touch up paint process and the easiest way to guarantee that you get the most out of your DIY car paint kit. Thankfully, learning how to blend paint isn’t a complicated process and can even be done by people who have no automotive experience.
What is blending?
Figuring out how to blend car paint is the art of making the lines between your vehicles paint and your OEM car touch up paint vanish. You take your car spray paint and apply it to the existing paintwork to give the illusion of them blending into one.
Blending your automotive touch up paint gives the same kind of great finish that you would expect when visiting a professional body shop. Learning how to blend spray can paint will provide you with that ideal color match and is a process that we recommend absolutely everyone follows.
We outline the best practices to ensure maximal blending below. But we also have a fantastic YouTube video on how to blend paint on a car panel, which highlights the entire process step-by-step. Check it out here.
Why is blending your touch up car paint important?
Purchasing a car paint repair kit has several benefits. Not only are they significantly cheaper than going to a professional, but you also save yourself a lot of time and can work around your own schedule. However, you shouldn’t have to compromise on a great finish, and this is where blending comes in.
Getting instructions on how to blend paint automotive means that you are more likely to get an original factory finish on the work you do at home. On top of that, even with the perfectly matched OEM touch up paint we provide, color differences can still occur because of the environment you paint in, so blending is crucial to minimizing the disparities.
Overall, you don’t want to apply auto touch up paint to your vehicle to ruin your beautiful car’s look. That is why blending is essential.
When to blend car paint
Many of our customers ask how to blend spray paint and assume there is a magical step or product that does the work. However, blending paint is a technique that needs to be applied while you are spraying on your OEM touch up paint.
You should constantly be blending the entire time you are applying your OEM touch up paint on your vehicle. You can find an outline of these steps here, but we will outline tips and tricks on how to blend paint auto body below.
How to blend paint on a car with a spray can
The steps below only apply to use our spray can repair kits as the scratch or scrape when using a paint pot will be too small to blend. As we said previously, these steps need to be applied throughout the entire process as they are a technique rather than a task in their own right.
Before painting, you must ensure you have sanded and smoother the area down. The damage should be completely smooth and even, without this, blending is very difficult. Aim to complete the work out of direct sunlight as it can cause the paint to dry unevenly, which may leave a patchier finish. Below are the steps on how to blend spray paint:
- Shake your paint can for 1-2 minutes to mix the color properly
- Depress the spray tip to give it a test run and get an idea of the pattern
- Start with the edges of the damaged areas first then work in. Your first coat should try and cover the primer, then taper as you go.
- As you spray, track the panel’s contours, you are spraying to ensure even coverage and uniformness.
- You should wait 5 minutes between layers. When the paint has an even mat look, it’s time for the next coat.
- Aim for three to four coats overall and always aim for an even application with relatively wet coats.
- After the first few coats, start to extend the spread of each coat by 3 to 4 inches to help it blend with the surrounding paint.
- The final coat should fade out and not be heavy.
- Wait 20 minutes before applying the clear coat and aim for 2 to 3 coats.
- With a clear coat application, it is vital to keep your movement consistent to prevent it from running.
Please check out our YouTube video on how to blend urethane paint for more information on the entire process. It gives step by step examples of the above.
Let the paint dry completely before you check for the final color match as it can look lighter or darker prior to being completely dry. Discovering how to blend paint on your car will leave you with a superior finish that will make your car shine like it just rolled off the factory floor.
What are you waiting for? Get your car paint repair kit today, and get your vehicle shining again.
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