Wear and tear on a car bonnet is a noticeable problem. Although it does not affect the actual performance of a car, it does affect its overall visual appeal. Harsh weather, daily use, and minor accidents all take a toll on the visual appeal of a vehicle. Fortunately, car owners can rectify the problem by painting their car bonnet. With a few coats of paint, owners have a vehicle that sparkles and shines.
Choosing a Colour
Although most car owners choose a colour that matches the current colour of their vehicle, not all do. Adventurous owners may want to change up the look of their vehicle, or simply create a unique eye-catching car by painting the bonnet a different colour. According to Forbes, the most popular car colours include green, blue, red, silver, black, and white. Depending on the current colour of the vehicle, any of these colours work well. The most popular car colours are white, black, and silver, while bright colours such as green, blue, and red remain less popular.
Painting a Car Bonnet: Preparation
Painting a car bonnet requires a lot of preparation. In order for the paint job to look professional, owners need a large, clean, and dust-free area to apply the paint. A garage draped with plastic sheeting works well. If a garage is not available, a shed or other large building work just as well. However, the building needs to close and be fitted with plastic sheeting. Owners also need to have the appropriate safety gear on-hand, such as breathing mask. In addition, owners need access to the following tools and materials:
- 320-grit sanding block and sanding paper
- Scotch Brite pads
- Masking tape
- Paint sprayer
- Car body paint
- 0000 steel wool
- Tack cloths
How to Spray a Car Bonnet: Step-by-Step
Once the preparations are finished and the materials are ready, owners can begin the painting process.
- Remove the bonnet. Carefully remove the bonnet from the car and place it on a secure, flat surface.
- Remove emblems. Gently remove any chrome additions or emblems from bonnet. If the emblems or chrome is not removable, cover in masking tape.
- Sand the bonnet. Using the 320-grit sanding block and sanding paper, carefully sand the bonnet. Use firm strokes in the same direction to ensure an even finish. Continue to sand the bonnet until all lacquer and paint is gone. When finished, there should not be any shiny areas left.
- Rub the bonnet. Dampen the Scotch Brite scouring pad with warm water and rub it over the bonnet. Go in the same direction as the sanding and ensure the entire bonnet is clean.
- Clean the bonnet. Carefully clean the bonnet with wet tack cloths and inspect for any old paint or clear coat. Let air dry.
- Fill the paint sprayer. Meanwhile, fill the paint sprayer with primer. Once the bonnet is dry, apply a light coat of primer. For an even finish, keep the sprayer moving at all times. Let air dry.
- Apply paint. Once dry, fill the sprayer with the desired paint colour. Again, apply two light coats of paint. Let air dry. Between the first and second paint application, rub the bonnet down with the 0000 steel wool and wipe clean with a tack cloth.
- Apply the clear coat. When the bonnet is completely dry, fill the sprayer with the clear coat. Follow the previous steps to apply the clear coat. Apply two coats and let dry. Again, rub the bonnet down with 0000 steel wool and wipe clean with a tack cloth in between each paint coat.
- Reassemble. Finally, remove any masking tape and reassemble.
For a showroom finish, rub gently with the 0000 steel wool in between each paint application. It is also important to completely empty the paint sprayer before refilling with new paint.
How to Buy Painting Supplies for Car Bonnet on eBay
If you want to paint your car bonnet, visit eBay to find the supplies you need. You can search eBay by using key phrases, such as "car paint" to find what you need. If you want exact results, include the colour and paint brand in your key phrase. For a more leisurely way to search, use the categories and filter tab to find what you need. Remember to ask questions and purchase from authorised or verified sellers if possible.