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Hot car paintshop tips

A look at the latest techniques and paint finishes.

We bring you the very latest in car paint jobs and special effect paint finishes.

Find out the pros and cons of respraying, painting and detailing a car from our insider paintshop tips.

Plastic painting tips for car interior and exterior.

Personalising the interior of the car is for many the first thing they do. Although aftermarket interior modification parts look nice a custom look is within reach if you are prepared to put in a little effort and paint the interior yourself.

Preparation is the most important part in any paint work. Whatever is between the part and the paint (i.e. chips, scratches, grease etc.) will show through the layers of paint.

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Tips and how to respray: Respraying a car

Respraying your car – some common sense tips a step by step guide and hints from TorqueCars. A fantastic way of changing the appearance of your car or to renew it’s appearance is to respray it.

The scratches scrapes and paint degradation quickly build up and the only way to restore a cars appearance is to do a bare metal respray. Please note that you will not usually get a perfect professional finish from a spray can.

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Scratch removal

Modern car paints are fairly easy to restore especially when you get the inevitable scratch or imperfection. Our guide details how to remove both deep and light scratches from your car paint.

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How to spray paint a car

Flatting, the key to a professional paint finish. The key to a good finish is getting the finished paint perfectly flat and applying enough paint to be able to sand enough of it off to achieve this without exposing what’s underneath.

My cars are similar in surface area to a Ford Focus which most painters might use say 3 litres of 2K paint on but I use 5-6 litres because I sand more off because my application isn’t as flat as they would achieve and the required finish is flatter than they would need.

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Tips on brake caliper painting.

Brake Caliper painting "Super Caliper Phatuilistic Colour's Not Atrocious" Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati all have one thing in common, coloured calipers which seductively peek through the phat alloys. Often emblazoned with a logo they draw attention to a very dull and frequently dusty part of the car. How do you emulate this look on your […]

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Getting a flip paint effect

First off we need to dispel a commonly held rumour. Flip paint is not actually 2 layers of different colour paint but a single colour which is refracted at certain angles.

It is a very special paint finish which is actually a complex and fully patented process. There are a few ways to achieve it but it certainly is not a finish you can get on a DIY basis.

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Spray art on cars from shows

When you think of respraying your car most people think in terms of changing the colour.

So much is possible with a little imagination and determination. Stickers can really change a cars appearance but there are limits to what you do with a sticker, especially at edges and joins.

Damage can always be repaired by the original artist but you will be paranoid when driving a work of art like the ones featured on this page!

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Painted alloy wheels – painting your wheels.

When it comes to wheels there are a large number of styling options available for the purpose of this article though we’re going to consider coloured rims, one of the latest styling trends to take off.

There is a wide selection of different styles of wheel available and aftermarket manufacturers are starting to produce wheels with colour options.

One of the most popular designs currently is the black wheel with red highlighting along the inside faces.

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How to get a matt or silk paint finish.

Matt finishes seem to be making a comeback and we’ve seen a few ways to achieve a matt finish from the application of film to tins of spray paint.

Here is the DIY approach using tins of paint, one of our members fancied having a go and here is an opportunity to learn from his experience.

A TorqueCars member has taken his Megane, hired an industrial unit and spray painted his car.

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Custom car Chrome paint effect

One of the hottest paint finishes currently around is chrome.

Until recently the only way to get a highly shiny chrome finish was to actually chrome plate the vehicle.

Think of chrome like a mirror finish which can have additional tints added to make gold or other colours.

It can be a bit too much to have a fully chromed vehicle as the reflections caused will most likely dazzle other road users. But it provides an excellent base coat for other artwork allowing the chrome to shine through as a highlight.

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Stunning sprayed art on car body panels

If you have access to to right tools you can accomplish so much when it comes to painting cars. With some imagination and a lot of talent you could end up driving a stunning work of art like these.

These cars were painted by Geoff Sims, a very talented artist based near Maidstone in Kent, you will often see his work cropping up on show cars around the country.

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Todays featured car tuning article

Adding NoS nitrous oxide to boost power gains.

Giggle gas – something to put a smile on your face. "Giggle Gas – Nitrous Oxide (N20) the power button!" NB: NoS is a brand name of a company but many confuse this with the name of the gas Dinitrous Monoxide AKA – Nitrous Oxide N20, Dinitrous Monoxide, Dinitrogen oxide also referred to as Nitrous […]

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