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How to Paint Your Car (Motorbooks Workshop)by Dennis Parks
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Do you want to make your custom cruiser pop the second it rolls out of the garage? Then look no further than the pages of this book—Motorbooks’ bestselling How to Paint Your Car has been revised and updated with the modern tools, technology, and techniques you need to turn heads every time your wheels hit the pavement.
Come inside with veteran author Dennis Parks as he walks you through the ins and outs of modern vehicular painting styles and techniques. Have you ever wondered how the seamless scallops and pinstripes on the panels of your favorite cars are applied in the first place? It’s not as hard as you think.
Inside, you’ll find over 300 detailed full-color photos and illustrations to showcase how the pros do what they do. From vehicle setup techniques like masking and taping to spray booth ventilation and safety, you’ll find everything you need to turn your garage into a high-class automotive painting workshop. More than a dozen step-by-step projects will prepare you to tackle your own car. Add some glamor and sparkle to your car—literally—with Motorbooks’ updated and revised edition of How to Paint Your Car.
Everything you need to know to have perfect paint on your specialty car. This book emphasizes what parts of the job to do yourself, and what should be left to the pros.
How to Paint Your Car reveals the techniques, tricks, and technology behind automotive painting through 400 color photos, clear captions, and detailed text. Learn the latest information about waterborne paints, spray guns, body fillers, and respirators and other safety gear that every automotive painter must know.
Dennis W. Parks (Cedar Hill, MO) has written numerous how-to bestsellers for the Motorbooks Workshop series, including How to Build a Cheap Hot Rod, Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide, and The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair.
How to Paint Your Car reveals the techniques, tricks, and technology behind automotive painting through 400 color photos, clear captions, detailed text, and step-by-step how-to sequences. You’ll learn the latest information about paint chemistry, waterborne paints, spray guns, body fillers, surface prep, site prep, as well as respirators and other safety gear that every automotive painter must know.
With step-by-step detail, you’ll learn how to properly prepare your car for paint work, including minor bodywork, surface preparation, rust removal, masking, priming and final coating. How to Paint Your Car also includes information about custom touches and effects as well as how to care for your paint after application, including information on buffing compounds, waxes, and other care products. Everything you need to know to feel comfortable and confident in undertaking your own paint project, whether a touch-up job or a complete respray, is covered in How to Paint Your Car.
Everything readers need to know and everything they need to do to have perfect paint on a specialty car is here in this volume. Topics include tools, equipment, and safety.
About the Author
Dennis Parks’ many books include How to Build a Hot Rod, How to Build a Cheap Hot rod, How to Build a Hot Rod Model A Ford, How to Restore and Customize Auto Upholstery and Interiors, and How to Paint Your Car, all from Motorbooks. Parks lives near
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Automotive Painting Defined
Chapter 2 Automotive Paint Chemistry
Chapter 3 Supporting Products
Chapter 4 Tools, Materials, and Safety
Chapter 5 Surface Preparation
Using Paint Stripper on Small Jobs
Mixing and Applying Body Filler
Applying and Sanding Primer-Surfacer
Chapter 6 Masking
How to Tape and Mask Windows and Windshields
Chapter 7 Paint Application
Chapter 8 Extra Details
Laying Out and Painting Scallops
Applying Vinyl Adhesive Graphics
Chapter 9 Part Replacement and Assembly
Reinstalling Door Glass
Chapter 10 Keeping the Shine
Touching Up Your Vehicle’s Paint
Chapter 11 Painting Other Parts and Components
Repainting a Vehicle (Start to Finish)
Appendix I: Vehicle Painting Checklist
Appendix II: Fiberglass Body/Body Component Preparation Checklist
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