How to Paint Your Car with Rustoleum: A Step By Step Guide

January 27, 2012

If you want to protect your car against rust and corrosion, then you may want to paint your car with Rustoleum. This paint will give your car a hardened outer shell which will protect the  car against rust for the future. When it is painted onto metal surfaces outside, it lasts many years longer with the Rustoleum. If you want the best for your car, then painting it with this paint will help to reduce future car painting costs and other potential expenses which can be caused by rust removal. In order to use this Rustoleum, you will need to gather a few pieces of equipment together, and follow this car painting guide to covering your car with this protective substance.

Materials Needed

  • Painter's Tape
  • Rustoleum primer
  • Rustoleum Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Cloths

Step 1 - Prepare the Car

Before you begin, you will need to prepare your car to receive the paint. Cover all of the shiny metal, the edges of your windows, gaskets, rubber edges of doors, and any emblems on the outside of the car that you don't want to cover with Rustoleum. The best way to cover this is with painter's tape, which can be bought from any local home improvements store, as this material can be easily removed from paintwork without leaving marks, or taking off part of the paint that you have just covered. When this has been done, you should then take some newspaper, and spread it around the ground below your car. You should also cover your car windshields with paper, and tape this into place.

Step 2 - Preparing the Paintwork

Once you have all of this ready, you should begin to start preparing the paintwork of your car. You need to have a clean and smooth surface before you start painting your car with the Rustoleum, so scrub down any rough spots on the outside of the car using a piece of sandpaper. You may even use a sanding block which will also protect your system.

Step 3 - Spray on the Rustoleum

When your car is sanded down, spray the first layer of Rustoleum, which will be a primer. You will need to cover the surface of the car where you intend to use the paint on one clear coat. When you have sprayed the first layer of primer, leave to dry, and then add another layer if necessary. The can should be around 8 inches from the car while spraying, and you will need to move the can along the surface of the car in order to give an even coat.

Step 4 - Apply the Rustoleum Paint

You will need to allow the area to dry off overnight, and then you can start covering the surface with Rustoleum. Shake up the Rustoleum cans at once, before you use them, and then spray your rustoleum over the surface of the primer. You should go from top to bottom, so that any dribbles are captured by the next layer of spray. Once you have covered the outer frame of your car, leave the Rustoleum to dry.

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