Painting a car can be a frustrating and costly experience. Not only do you have to deal with unscrupulous shop owners, but to add insult to injury, you will often find yourself paying exorbitant amounts of cash for these shops to just start painting a car. Luckily, we are now able to do most of these projects in the comfort of our own homes. Even the tightest of budgets can be made to work if you learn how to paint a car yourself.
First, take the time to budget out your costs. Take into account the colour you will need to buy, the tools or space you must rent or purchase, and the time you will devote to this project. Colours with more red or pearl will often cost much more than regular colours. Also, include any time off you will take from work as this will result in lost wages unless you are getting paid vacation. A good budget will save you time and money just by itself.
Next, get price quotes from the shops to compare to your costs. Painting a car on a budget can be easier to do if you know how much a pro will charge you. It will also be gratifying to see how much money you can save by doing it at home, not to mention I guess it could be possible that a pro could be cheaper (highly unlikely though).
Another important thing to remember is resale value. If you need to turn a profit from your project, you may want to choose a color that works with the car. This is a common sense decision; nevertheless, I will go ahead and say that a pastel pink suburban is going to be a difficult sell.
One last necessity for learning how to paint a car on a budget will be conserving paint. Make sure you purchase or rent a well maintained and high-quality spray gun like the wagner paint sprayer. This will ensure minimum overspray. Also, make sure to not use too much paint.