How do I hand paint a car with a brush?

Can I hand paint my car? I have an old car that I rarely use and I want to try my hand at hand-painting a car. Is it actually possible to paint a car with a brush and if so, how?

Kudos to you for wanting to take on such a cool project! I’m happy to say that you can absolutely paint a car with a brush! Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Drop cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Mixing cups
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint Tray
  • Power sander
Here’s what to do:
  • Put on your safety gear, then remove the headlights and taillights.
  • Use a power sander to remove old paint from your car. Use smaller pieces of sandpaper to get hard-to-reach areas.
  • Rinse all the sanded areas down, then cover all areas you don’t want to get paint on with masking tape.
  • Mix 50% Rustoleum paint with 50% mineral spirits, then apply thin coats to your car. Wait 30 minutes in between coats for best results.
  • Check your paint job after it’s fully dried for imperfections. You can smooth them out with a wet sander.
  • Reinstall your lights and you’re ready to go!
After your ride is all polished up, you might want to look at protecting it with full coverage car insurance! The Jerry app can help you find the best policy for your needs hassle-free—we’ll get you customized quotes from top-of-the-line providers, so all you need to do is pick the plan that suits you best. And once you’ve picked one, we’ll even help you switch!
Best of luck, and enjoy the project!
Ben Guess
Answered on Oct 25, 2021
Ben has a BA in Journalism + Design from The New School, as well as three years’ experience in content writing and data journalism. They are deeply interested in how the car industry intersects with issues of inequity in the world, as well as in making auto insurance more accessible through writing. When they’re away from the keyboard, they enjoy baking, embroidering, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends. They are based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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