Rockler Gallon-Sized Mixing Mate Paint Can Lid Preview
The first thing you need to do when buying a new paint can lid is check if it will fit your new paint can. If not, then you may have to buy another one or get creative with some other type of container.
You don’t want to use the same old containers that are already in your garage because they might leak and cause damage to your vehicle’s finish!
When you’re looking at a few different brands of paint cans, make sure you look for one that comes with a metal can opener. Metal lids are easier to open than plastic ones.
Also, make sure the lid fits snugly onto the bottom of your paint can so there won’t be any gaps between them. Finally, make sure the lid doesn’t come off during opening and closing it because it could cause damage to your finished product!
Once you’ve found the right lid, it’s time to choose which color you’d like to paint your car. There are several types of paints available but here I’ll only cover two: Rustoleum® Gloss Black and Primer™ High Performance Clear Matte Finish.
Both of these paints are easy to work with and can be used on just about anything. So let’s start painting!
First, wash your vehicle with soap and water to get rid of any dirt, dust, or grease that may interfere with the bonding of paint to your vehicle’s surface. Some people might say that you don’t need to do this but I have found that it helps the paint go on smoother and it lets you know if any small rust spots have started to develop on your car.
Now it’s time to start painting!
1. Make sure to open your can of paint in a WELL-VENTILATED area and on a surface that you don’t care about because you WILL be painting the floor and walls!
2. Shake the can for at least 30 seconds to a minute prior to opening it.
This will ensure that the ingredients are mixed well and will give you a consistent color.
3. Using either a 3″ or 4″ paint brush, begin to apply even strokes of paint over the vehicle’s entire surface making SURE to overlap each coat.
The more coats you apply, the more time it will take to finish but it will also give you a smoother finish and better adhesion. I used about six coats on my own vehicle before I was satisfied with the finished result.
4. Once you have finished painting your vehicle, immediately wash the paintbrush in warm water to remove all traces of paint from it.
Let the paint dry on your vehicle for at least four hours and then proceed to wash it. If you’re satisfied with the way it looks, then you can leave the paint on!
Now that you know how to apply a good coat of paint to your own car, you should decide whether or not you want to do it again in the future. If you do decide to do it again, you may want to consider using a HVLP spray gun rather than a paintbrush.
It takes more time to become proficient at using one but the results are much better!
Whether you decide to use this material again or not, I hope that this article has been helpful and good luck on your project!
Here is an example of my own car following the steps I have listed above…
Here is my car after I applied the second coat of paint. As you can see in this close-up portion of the photo above, the paint has gone on nice and smooth and there are no drips!
Here is my car after I’ve applied all the coats of paint that I wanted to apply. I applied a total of 6 coats and allowed the paint to dry at least four hours (more like a day for each coat) between coats.
After you’ve allowed the paint to dry at least four hours, you should wash the car to see if you’re happy with the way it looks. In my case, I was very happy with the way it turned out and that’s how my car currently looks :-).
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