One of the most impressive effects BMW paint can have is a mirror picture of itself on the front fender of your car! This is actually one of the more popular ‘do it yourself’ options for those who wish to create an individualized look on their BMW. What you require is a bit of patience, a little bit of creativity and an ample amount of time. It’s really not that difficult to carry out this job, it’s just that there are a number of steps that you have to take into consideration before getting started.
The first step is to remove the factory BMW paint and the related materials from the car. If you do not remove these items from the car, you will never be able to paint over the existing finish. There is nothing worse than seeing a beautifully finished car with ugly plastic wings and side steps! This would make your one of a kind custom ride even less so!
Once you have removed all the old paint, the next step is to prepare the surface to be used. In order to prepare the surface properly, you will need to sand it. This ensures that all imperfections and blemishes are removed from the surface and also help in blending the new colour into the surface. This is one of the most important stages of the process, as if any of the coloured elements are not blended into the surface correctly, then you are likely to notice some strange colours or marks appearing on the body of your car. This is exactly what you don’t want!
Once the surface has been sanded, it should then be ready to paint. Before you start, it is advisable to give the surface a light sanding to remove any scratches and scuff marks that may be present. When using fine dust paint, it is crucial to pick the right medium. For example, if you use automotive paper you are going to find it very hard to obtain a smooth and flat finish. On the other hand, using a fine metal-based medium is going to provide a smoother and more even finish.
Once the vehicle has been properly prepared, you can now turn to the task of painting it. Using an appropriate BMW paint sprayer is a must, and you are highly recommended to utilise one of these to ensure that you get the best possible finish. Each vehicle will react differently to the temperature and conditions of the paint, so ensure that you test the paint sprayer out extensively before applying it to the car.
If you have purchased an older BMW vehicle, then you are likely to be confronted with a few problems. One of the most common problems associated with older BMWs is poor performance when it comes to braking and turning. This is down to the general decline in the manufacturing quality of BMWs over the years. In order to overcome this problem, you are likely to need to use either after-market BMW brakes or possibly purchase after-market wheels and tyres. Alternatively, if your brakes and wheels are still in good condition, you may want to have these replaced with original BMW components to see if your problem improves.
Another common problem is spotted as rust on the exterior of BMW paintwork, and this too is down to poor maintenance practices by car owners. Ensure that you wash your car off with water and soap whenever it enters a wet area such as a garage. In addition to this, ensure that you clean the surface of the paintwork with a mixture of warm water and ammonia to get rid of any wax, dirt and grease that may be present. You may also need to remove any dirt particles with a fine grit sandpaper.
Once you have done all of this, apply a light coat of polyurethane primer onto the surface to give it a layer of protection. This is where things start to get a little tricky, and one of the most important steps when painting a car is to prime it. Without a proper layer of paint applied to the surface, it’s very difficult for the primer to have an effective effect, as paint only covers the surface effectively once it is applied. This means that even after painting the vehicle over, you will still need to sand the surface down and reapply the primer if you want the finished product to look as good as it did when you first started. With proper care, you should find that once your BMW paint work has been completed, the vehicle will retain its beauty for many years to come.