Vancouver Car Paint Shop
Super Euro Auto’s paint technicians are incredibly skilled in getting your car looking the way you want it to in Vancouver. We have a wide range of primary colours and toners to make the colour you want and give your car a second life. A new paint job not only makes your car look great it can also help protect it from the elements and lasts a long time. We stand by our work at Super Euro Auto and offer a lifetime guarantee for as long as you own your vehicle. Not only can we give your car a new colour, but our skilled paint technicians can also perfectly match your vehicle’s existing colour.
Painting an entire car may cost more money than you are willing to spend. However, you’ve recently had to replace a door or bumper due to an accident. Our Vancouver auto paint shop can perfectly match the existing colour of your vehicle. Every vehicle has a paint code on the door in the trunk. This paint code gives us a very specific formula and this formula tells our technicians how much of each primary colour and toners to mix. We can then test that colour to your existing colour and adjust accordingly. Having matched the colour our technicians can then buff and fade the new paint in order to match the fading of the original colour due to time. This process of colour matching is great for fixing smaller cosmetic issues. The environment can do a number on the look of your vehicle. Salt in the winter can cause rust along the wheel-well as well as leave small dents from the rocks your tires kick up. The sun can also cause the paint of your car to crack and fade over time.
Car Painting Procedure
Often the process of painting a car can be mystifying, but at Super Euro, we are the car painting experts — so we thought we should share a brief overview of what goes into the painting of a car.
Painting your own vehicle is a complicated and even dangerous endeavour. This guide is meant only as a rough reference. It is highly recommended that you entrust a professional auto body shop with the painting of your car. You should not paint your car yourself.
1. Supply Gathering and Workplace Prep
There are many supplies required when painting a vehicle, many of which may not be ones that the average car owner has on hand. Of course, if you are trusting your car painting to a body shop you will not need to worry about any of these. But the general supplies required are:
- Masking tape
- 1200 and 2000 grit “wet and dry” sandpaper
- A spray gun
- Paint thinner
- Paint (including primer, acrylic topcoat, and lacquer)
- Air compressor
- Face masks and safety glasses
As for your workplace, you will want to have a clean and tidy area to work in that does not have any obvious debris or dust. If you are working outside, you will need to be sure to avoid inclement weather.
2. Evaluate Your Vehicle Condition
Before you begin the process of painting your vehicle, you first need to chart your course. This means examining whether or not your vehicle has rusty spots. If it does, these will need to be treated before you can commence the vehicle paint.
Also, you will need to determine which kind of paint you will be using based on the appearance of your vehicle. This will usually be one of two types:
3. Sanding the Vehicle
The sanding of a vehicle is just about as important as the painting itself. Although some car painters prefer to sand their cars down to the bare metal, this is not necessarily required for most paint jobs. However, you will need to ensure that your vehicle is sanded enough so that any of the paint that you apply can properly sit. Be sure to cover any areas that are not being painted with masking tape and paper.
4. Prime Your Vehicle
This step involves the use of paint thinners — so make sure that you are making good use of all of the proper safety equipment. To create your primer, it will be necessary to mix your primer with your paint thinner. You can then begin to prime your vehicle from the roof down. Be prepared to deploy anywhere from 2-3 coats.
5. Apply 3-4 Topcoats
Once your vehicle has been primed, it is time to begin painting. You will want to do this with the same technique that you used for your primer — i.e., from the top down. Be sure that you have ample paint supplies to allow for 3-4 coats of paint, as this is what it will most likely take in order to achieve optimal coverage.
6. Apply lacquer
You may be done with painting, but you’re not done just yet! After you have finished your paint coats, you will need to apply at least one coat of lacquer. Once it is laid, the lacquer will need time to cure.
7. Buff Vehicle
After your lacquer has cured, you can then buff your vehicle to add a finishing touch — just be sure to not linger over one part of the vehicle, as this carries the risk of burning the fresh paint!
Frequently Asked Questions About Car Painting
How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Car?
No two car paint jobs are alike, so it would make sense that the costs associated with painting a vehicle also come with a serious range. While simple paint jobs can be priced as low as $300, complicated car painting can cost upwards of $3,000!
These costs will also be determined by the quality of supplies that are used in the car painting. They are also determined with the level of care that is put into a car paint job — for example, whether or not a car is being painted to “showroom quality”, an industry term that refers to cars that have been painted as many as 24 times over the process of up to a month!
Do New Cars Need Paint Protection?
If you are in possession of a new car, you may want to do everything in your power to protect the authenticity of your vehicle. Car paint protection is an optional service that does not provide any mechanical update to your vehicle. In fact, it can not even be seen with the naked.
Many new car owners opt for paint protection for their vehicles which comes in the form of spray-on chemicals that are intended to protect vehicles from natural substances that they may encounter in the outdoors. To be fully effective, paint protection needs to be applied more than once. It is not safe to spray your car with paint protection yourself.
With all this being said, if you would like to do everything in your power to protect the integrity of your car for years to come, then yes, paint protection is certainly a wise idea for new cars.
How Can I Remove Paint From a Car?
As we touched on above, removing paint from a vehicle is often the first time in priming it for a paint job. If you are wondering how you can remove paint from a vehicle yourself, here’s how!
To remove paint from a car manually, you will need to have sandpaper as well as a serious amount of elbow grease. A paint scraper can also perform the job efficiently, although it will still take considerable physical effort on your part.
Chemical strips also exist for car paint, though great care has to be taken in their application. Professional body shops will be able to remove car paint quickly with the help of mechanical paint removal tools.
How Can I Match My Car Paint Colour?
Just as it can be difficult to make the colour of a wall in a room, matching the paint colour of a car is no easy task. However, there are some tricks that can make it easier, such as searching for your car’s exact colour by its make, model, and year. It is also possible to search for your car’s colour by using its colour code if you can access this information.
Vancouver Auto Body Shop
At Super Euro Auto LtD., we can fix these blemishes and make them look like they were never there. Not only can our paint jobs and paint matching technology give your car an off-the-lot look, but a new paint job is also a great way to protect your vehicle from the elements. We offer a lifetime guarantee on any of our paintwork for as long as you own your vehicle. Visit us today for a free estimate and get your car looking brand new again.
If you’re unsure whether or not you want to alter the appearance of your vehicle alone, you’re not alone. Many customers trust their cosmetic vehicle changes to Super Euro, your friendly Vancouver body shop.
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Great quality auto body repair work delivered by a group of professional and friendly auto body technicians. I was referred by a friend of mine to get my bumper repaired there - absolutely amazing!
Services: Tuning, Car Painting
The auto body shop has been in service in Vancouver since the 1990s. Was in a rear-ender in my Bimmer, the turnaround time was quick. Small-medium auto body repair shop, their customer service & quality are their #1 priority. Highly recommended to others.
I got my 2001 Toyota Sienna body work done there. Very friendly people and very well-done car painting work to my van. Highly recommend it, thank you!
Services: Car Painting
Very nice body repair shop. Did a couple of work for my Mercedes e350. Was very well done, friendly people. Highly recommend!!!
Great auto body paint job and very friendly service by Ricky and other technicians at Vancouver SuperEuro. My 2011 Toyota Rav looks like a completely new car! Highly recommend.
I brought my Lexus SUV in for auto body and windshield repairs. Most other shops in Vancouver seemed to be booking at least three weeks in advance but Super Euro Auto Ltd. arranged to accept my vehicle immediately and issued a suitable courtesy vehicle. My vehicle was ready within a day or so. Fabulous repair work, stellar customer service, and it appears as though my vehicle has been detailed.
I am 100% satisfied with their professional and wonderful repair service! My 2007 Honda Civic looks just like a new car after the repair! They completed the job nicely and quickly. Everything is well explained and documented. Ricky is the guy that you should talk to, he helped me deal with ICBC from the beginning to the end. He also gave me a very decent courtesy car while the car was being repaired in their Vancouver shop. Most importantly, they care about their customers! Highly recommended!! Thank you!!