Selecting the right color to paint your vehicle

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When selecting the correct color for your car you have a choice of factory colors or a custum color.
Factory color chip charts can be found at your local automotive supply center. You may also find color charts online but they will be difficult to understand the final color.

Whether you are selecting a specialty color or matching your exact factory paint it is always best to stay within the manufacturers paint line.
You can select paint colors from your year or from surrounding years or historic colors. Although you may find a color from a different manufacturer that seems pleasing a lot …

Best Automotive Paint Choices for Beginner Painters

Tags: Urethane to paint is a pretty difficult thing if you are expecting to quickly achieve a level of proficiency that is marketable in a commercial shop or you just don’t want your friends laughing at your work.

For this reason you probably want to practice your skills for a while before you try to get yourself hired.

If you are considering technical school you should understand that your classmates will hog the paint booth and the rest of your day will be learning from a book. This means you can end up spending thousands of dollars and …

Diagnosing Uneven Front Tire Wear

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front tire wear problemA friend asks why they are having problems with their new front tires. It seems that after about 18 months of driving on a new set of tires the set on their front wheels are wearing out much faster than the rear. During that time they have had some parts changed on their front suspension including a front stabilizer bar bushing on the drivers side and just recently noticed that the steering wheel is rotated a small amount to the right when they drive straight down the road.

This is a pretty common …

Are Water Based Paints a good Investment for the Hobbyist Car Painter?

Tags: Waterborne you probably know many shops are either turning to or mandated to use water based paints in their shops but for the home hobbyist is this type of paint a good investment?

The first thing you should understand about water based paints is that they normally must be used in a professional paint booth. The reason for this is that unlike solvent based paints that can cure in a short amount of time through evaporation of solvents the water based line of paints require humidity control and air drying fans.

Because water based paints would normally …

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