Spray paints can be used for a number of different reasons, but many people also use them for their cars. Spray paints are a great way to modify, update or fix something on your car. Here we tell you why people use vehicle spray paints.

What are vehicle spray paints?

Vehicle spray paints are much like normal spray paint but will not wash away when washing chemical is applied. There are a number of colour options for you to choose from and if you can’t find the colour you are looking for more often then not more aerosols companies will provide colour matching services.

They work in a number of ways to hide scratches or can be used to complete a full respray of the vehicle. Over the years we have also seen some body modifications to vehicle paintwork being made such as painting just the roof or wing mirrors a contrasting colour to the vehicle.

Choosing the right spray paint for your car!

Before you consider using any paint on your car, you need to make sure you have the right car spray paint primer so the paint will stick the surface of the vehicle effectively. You will need to look for primers that are best suited for your car model and make; you can often find the material your car’s exterior is made out of in the manufacturer’s guide.

A self-etch primer from Frost is excellent for vehicles that have bare steel and aluminium surfaces as it uses an acid substance to adhere to the surface of the car. Epoxy primer is great if you want to prevent any corrosion to your vehicle it works on metal and fibreglass surfaces. Alternatively before applying a RAL colour aerosols you can apply Pro Aerosols Primer Aerosols as it will help smooth out any imperfections granted you have sanded the body properly.

Choosing a finish

There are two different types of finishes you can have for vehicle spray paints, and they are gloss or matt. Over the past couple of years, it has become more apparent matt vehicles are in trend, the only downfall with a matt based paint is they are more prone to scratches. However, if you are happy to maintain it, it does give the car an exquisite finish.

A gloss is what we all tend to go for and is often what you already have on your vehicle. It makes the colour of the car look more vibrant and is more likely to glisten and shine in daylight.

Tips for spray painting your car

First things first you are going to want to set up an area in which you are going to spray your vehicle. We recommend if you are thinking about spray painting your vehicle you do it in the summer months as the weather will be warmer and less likely to rain. It will also give you sufficient drying time.

Make sure that wherever you are going to spray the vehicle, it is well ventilated, and you have the right safety equipment to carry out the project. Ensuring all eyes, mouth and nose are covered at all time as you could be at risk of inhaling the paint vapours which can be damaging to the body.

Preparing the vehicle

To prepare the vehicle, you will first need to sand the body of the car down or the spot in which you wish to touch up. We recommend using aluminium oxide abrasive paper which you can get from ToolStation, you should make sure that you take it right down to bare metal so the paint will adhere effectively and you there are no lumps or bumps.

When it comes to spraying the primer, we always recommend holding it around 25cm away from the vehicle as this will allow for you to achieve an even spray of the car. You can also do this a couple of time to ensure the car has been covered all over giving it roughly around 15 minutes between each coat. Before you think about painting the rest of the vehicle, you need to allow approximately around 24 hours for the primer to sufficiently dry.

How to spray paint

Before you start spraying, you need to give the aerosols a vigorous shake to ensure that the paint has been mixed thoroughly within the can. We always recommend applying a number of coats as the first couple may not be to your desired colour. Much like primer leave each coat around 15 minutes before you spray another one and shake the can before each use as the paint can settle in the can.

You will then need to apply an spray can gloss lacquer to finish it off. It will also enclose the paint and give it the ultimate gloss coverage if you would like a matt you can go for an matt lacquer spray paint.


Here at pro aerosols, we are always open to people asking questions so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We also have a number of other articles that tell you how to use spray paints and the safety gear you will need to get the job done. Make sure that wherever you are spraying is well ventilated as many people forget that spray paint aerosols can actually be dangerous.

Using spray paints to improve the look of your car’s body is a fantastic way to give it a change or add a bit of vibrancy. One thing we always say is don’t be afraid to experiment with colours and have fun doing it. At the end of the day, if the colour doesn’t look right, you can just spray it with another spray paint. By following each step on our how to spray a car guide, you should be able to achieve the perfect spray colour.

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