It can be fun to repaint your vehicle and change how it looks. It can be fun to add some new color and style to your vehicle. However, before you get your vehicle repainted, you need to make sure that you understand what repainting your vehicle will and will not achieve, and what will go into the process.
Just Painting Your Vehicle Will Not Get Rid of Damage
Slapping a new coat of paint on your vehicle is not going to be enough to get rid of damage to your vehicle. If your vehicle is suffering from damage, such as scratches, dents, pits, or rust spots, you really need to pay the auto body shop to fix that damage after they remove the old paint and before they put the new paint on your vehicle. If you just paint over all the damage, some it may be hidden behind the shiny new coat of paint, but a lot of the damage will still be visible unless you fix it first.
The Interior of Your Vehicle Will Be Removed
When you paint the exterior of your vehicle, the auto body shop is going to have to remove various interior elements of your vehicle as well. Most commonly, the seats, console, and dash are removed. These elements are removed in order to protect them during the repainting process and ensure that paint doesn't get in them.
Also, a great paint job will include painting the interior frame of your doors, so your vehicle will need to be opened up in order to really paint your car. You don't want to open your car door and see the old color on the inside.
That means you are going to want to clean and out remove all of your personal belongings from the inside of your vehicle before you take it in to get it painted.
Painting Is Not a Quick Process
Painting is not a quick process. It can take a few days for a really fast shop to paint your vehicle, although at least a week is a more common waiting period. The process takes a while because, in addition to work time, there is waiting time involved as well.
The old paint has to be removed from your vehicle. Dents and damage have to be fixed. Your vehicle has to be primed, and then multiple layers of paint have to be applied. This is a time-consuming process you should only undergo if you can really handle not having your vehicle for a while.
Before you decide to have your vehicle repainted, commit to fixing up the physical damage to your vehicle when you have it repainted. Clean out the inside of your vehicle, as oftentimes the interior is either removed or covered up during the painting process. Be prepared do without your vehicle or get a rental for a week while your vehicle is being painted.
For more information, reach out to a collision repair service near you.