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Paint­ing your own com­po­nents at home, whether it’s a bracket you’ve whipped up or an at­tempt to change the colour of your rocker cov­ers, is a way to save a few pe­sos and get that sense of ac­com­plish­ment from work­ing on your own car. But you’ll need to pick up the right tool for the job — a de­cent-qual­ity aerosol spray paint — and know how to ap­ply it for a nice fin­ish. Jake from ColorPak says the first thing you’ll want to do is pre­pare the item to be painted. A quick clean with ColorPak wax and grease re­mover fol­lowed by a skim of sand­pa­per should do the trick. Next, you’ll need to prime it — and the fi­nal colour you choose will de­ter­mine what primer you use. ColorPak of­fers primer in black, white, ox­ide and grey. When you’ve picked the colour you de­sire, make sure to shake the can thor­oughly to mix up the paint pig­ments. Spray at an even distance, dust­ing the paint over the sur­face area at a good speed — once you can see the wet­ting ef­fect when the paint falls onto the sur­face and starts to be­come shiny, it’s time to move the can along the area you’re paint­ing. There’s no such thing as a onecoat job if you want a pre­mium fin­ish that will stand up to abuse. Good paint fin­ishes are al­ways built up from mul­ti­ple lay­ers of paint, each one ap­plied on a still tacky sur­face. The idea is that the paint you sprayed 10 min­utes ago is still un­cured and soft, so the new coat will not only stick well, but its sol­vents will tend to re-melt the last coat to cre­ate a smoother, flat­ter sur­face. Re­peat this un­til you have three to four lay­ers of evenly coated paint. To fin­ish the job, and make sure things are looking shiny un­der the bon­net, grab a can of ColorPak Clearcoat, and whack a few coats on to pro­tect your hand­i­work from grime. For your near­est stock­ist head to formula.co.nz

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